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[Abuja]–The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) has called for inclusiveness of women entrepreneurs in building the nation’s economy.

This statement was made during a one-day exhibition fair and entrepreneurship Academy Workshop with the theme, ‘Rebuilding the Nigerian Economy Through Women Inclusiveness’  organised by the association in  Abuja on Tuesday.
The workshop, which was organised to provide an opportunity for women entrepreneurs to exhibit their products and services and  networking with one another, focused on getting  women entrepreneurs in Abuja  to beginning to showcase their products and services for visibility and branding.

Minister of state, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, in her address, said inclusiveness speaks to the quality of including all sectors of society in nation building, as such women must be included in building Nigeria.

She then call on  women to learn all they could to succeed and then fight to win.

AWEP national president, Zainab Jaji, said the programme was organised to ensure more women with upgraded skills and information are included in the economic development of the nation.

AWEP FCT Coordinator, Hajiya Samira Jibir, called on government to  harmonize the legal levies and taxes, stating that the  enabling environment that the government is trying to create for SMEs  is being crippled by multiple taxation and levies.

One of the exhibitors, Anthea Peteru of ‘Moin-moin Expresso’ said, the workshop was an eye opener as women in different businesses and services came together to learn from one another and to brainstorm on the way forward.

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