OAU Muslim Graduates Hold Economic Empowerment For Over 200 Participants In Ibadan


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Over 200 youth have benefitted from the 2021 economic empowerment workshop organised by Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association,  (UNIFEMGA), Ibadan chapter.

The one-day workshop  held in Ibadan with the theme” Seeking Socio-economic security: The Islamic Panacea”  was attended by participants from across all ages, gender and religions.
At the workshop, the participants were taught on writing acceptable business proposals for investors, starting business with zero capital, different business opportunities in agriculture such as mushroom farming, snail rearing, bee farming, Rabbit raising, and other modern  ways of  backyard farming with little capital.
Also, the participants were educated  with several Islamic windows available for funding businesses in banks while the beauties of non-interest banking were enunciated by most of the facilitators. 
An investor, Mr. Niyi Salawu who  lauded the organiser’s of the workshop for their commitment to poverty reduction in the land impressed by the  large turnout of participants,  promised to fund the best acceptable five business proposals, not more than N100,000 each. 
One of the partnering organisations,  Life Plus Foundation promised to collaborate with UNIFEMGA to facilitate an effective training programme in agriculture that would provide a platform to mentor participants and guide them on funding and marketing of their produce. 
According to the Organising Secretary of the Empowerment Programme, Dr. Lukman Fasasi, the participants would be monitored while a platform would be created for future business networking.
One of the participants who spoke on behalf of others expressed gratitude to the Association and urged UNIFEMGA to facilitate more of such programme, which served as an eye opener for self empowerment.
Earlier, Chairman of the Organising committee, Alhaji Wakeel Dele expressed the willingness of the association to partner  donors and investors towards alleviating poverty among the people. 
National President of UNIFEMGA,  Alhaji Abdul Fatai Olanlegeand Oyo State Chapter’s Chairman, Dr Ismail Kamil, said the workshop was part of the efforts of the association at contributing to national development and highlighted  other areas to include mentoring of young graduates and scholarship for undergraduates.
The workshop had in attendance experts including Managing Director of B-K-O Citadel Ltd and Administrator of AbdulKabir Aliu Foundation, Alhaji Luqman Obileye, officials from Jaiz Bank, Lotus Capital investment Limited, led by Mrs. Omolara Dara,  an author of  books on Starting Businesses, Mr. AbdulLateef Amusat, Oyo state  coordinator of Lifeplus Foundation, Mrs.Titiloye Olayinka as well as a young entrepreneur and expert in Alternative Energy, Mr. Nurudeen Tiamiyu.


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