As part of the commemoration of the International Women’s Day, the Women Wing of the Rivers State Chapter of NANTS organized a successful skills acquisition, development and empowerment programme for her members who are producers and dealers on several local items and other exportable products and materials, and these were showcased during the side exhibition.
We applaud the Women in NANTS and encourage them to continue holding the ace and uniting themselves for further progress and the nation’s socioeconomic growth and Development. We implore the Government of Rivers State to look in the direction of these women as instruments of development with a view to supporting them to create more jobs, wealth, resources and increased productivity that would reduce capital flight, import bill, brain drain and unemployment. We equally call on SMEDAN and related Agencies of Government to beam their searchlight of support in the direction of these Women in NANTS cut across every State of the Federation. All State Governors are similarly invited to make good use of these Women in raising Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). NANTS Women have gone away from being used as political tools for elections where they are given wrappa, salt, Maggi, etc and thereafter abandoned by the same politicians they voted into power. We have learnt our lessons, and we must unite to build the strong and economically stable society we all crave for.
Again, the days of being used for political songs and as supporters are over. We are involved in production, in cross border trade, and in global agricultural sector business, and we deserve and canvass for policy reforms that target supporting our dreams. Governments and the International community must begin to see us as partners in progress, and in the development of the nation, region and the global economy.