BOA encourages young women entrepreneurs to obtain loan to boost business

By Ahmed Ahmed

Mr Cobbis Ezikel of Bank of Agriculture (BoA) Bauchi has advised young women entrepreneurs to obtain loan to boost their businesses.

Ezekiel gave the advice at the closing ceremony of four weeks training of young women and girls on digital livelihood in Jamma’are on Monday.

He said the beneficiaries after acquiring knowledge on information and communication Technology (ICT) and exploring business ideas needed to expand their businesses.

Ezekiel explained that Bank of Agriculture, which is a government sponsored bank in the country was created to provide credits for large and small-scale farmers and businesses in rural areas.

“Therefore, I want to encourage you to go and register your business outfit and that will pave way for you to obtain a loan and boost your business ideas,” he said.

Ezekiel stressed that BOA provided reliable and secure financial background and played a significant role in the lending and provision of loans to support all parts of business and agriculture.

Earlier, The Executive Director of CITAD, Mr Zakari Yahu, said the programme “Digital Livelihood for Young Women and Girls” had support from Digital Equal Skills Foundation in Jama’are.

He said the aim was to empower young girls to become self reliant.

Bauchi State Training Officer, CITAD, represented by Mr Ahmed Yakassai, said that CITAD, a non-governmental organisation was to empower the lives of its citizens through laudable programmes.

Yahu noted that although the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) world is mostly dominated by men, women and young girls could become internet users.

This, he said would help women and young girls to be abreast with modern trends of technology as well empower others.

Yahu urged the participants to make good use of the training to step up their future enterprises and to possibly help the young women in their neighborhood.

Responding on behalf of the participants Miss Amina Abubakar and Miss Nabila Yahaya commended the effort of CITAD for bringing ICT training to their doorstep.

They advised the women to make good use of the knowledge acquired at the training to boost their businesses.

Adding that they should also become self-reliant and be employers of labour in the state not only within the community.

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