-by our correspondent.
Twenty micro businesses run by women in Ijesha, Osun State, are beneficiaries of Charity Grants from Ilesha Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ILECCIMA) on the 60th anniversary of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
ILECCIMA, a member of NACCIMA which was established in 1960, is an incorporated Chamber of Commerce, limited by guarantee, and committed to the economic development of its jurisdiction, through advocacy, capacity building, businesses development linkages, and entrepreneurship in Ijeshaland, Osun State.
In a statement, ILECCIMA said as part of commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Chambers’ Movement in Nigeria, it considers the empowerment of informal businesses at the base of the local economic pyramid as a means of mitigating the impact of Covid-19 and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals One and Five which deals with; ending poverty in by 2030, achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls.
“Furthermore, it is one of the avenues designed by the Chamber to impact the informal sector of businesses in Ijeshaland and to reach out to the lowest rung of our economic ladder.” The statement added.
According to the statement, 20 female owned micro food businesses and petty trade such as Garri, Plantain chips, Potatoes chips, Confectioneries, Boiled rice and beans, Boiled yam and stew, Vegetable and Fruits trade, Palm-Oil and Soap making among others were selected out of the 60 applications received within a week and beneficiaries were instructed to use the grants for the purpose for which it was given.