he Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) has urged women in business to imbibe technical skills, to enable them to compete with their male counterparts.
Mrs Lola Okanlawon, the President of the association, gave this advice at its 6th Annual General Meeting in Lagos on Thursday.
“Women wish to become established entrepreneurs, but have to work hard for it.
“There is the need to imbibe some basic skills that would move your business to the next level.
“Most women do not take time to read, and to excel in business; you have to be versatile; you need to be computer literate, get knowledge on the stock market, customer care and so on.”
She said that the association had so far trained more than 400 women in basic entrepreneurial skills within the last one year.
Also speaking at the event, Mrs Florence Seriki, the Chief Exceutive Officer, Omatek Ltd, urged women to create a balance between business and family.
“When I was breast-feeding, I took my baby as far as Asia for business meetings.
“As an upcoming entrepreneur, don’t expect to become great overnight; it takes a gradual process to build a multinational company.”
Seriki expressed optimism that women could take over most Nigerian businesses by 2017.
NAN reports that the theme of the meeting was “Taking your business from start-up to multinational”.
No fewer than 1,000 business women were in attendance, exhibiting products such as smoked fish, handbags, and computer software packages.