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OAU Muslim Graduates, UNIFEMGA Empowers 200 Youths

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OAU Muslim Graduates, UNIFEMGA Empowers 200 Youths

No fewer than 200 youths have benefitted from an economic empowerment workshop organised by Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA), Ibadan chapter.

The one-day workshop, which was held in Ibadan with the theme ‘Seeking Socio-economic security: The Islamic Panacea’, had in attendance participants who cut across all ages, genders and religions.

The participants were enlightened on writing acceptable business proposals to investors, starting business with zero capital, business opportunities in agriculture such as mushroom farming, snail rearing, bee farming, rabbit raising and other modern ways of backyard farming with little capital.

They were also acquainted with several Islamic windows available for funding businesses in banks while the beauties of non-interest banking were enunciated by the facilitators.

The workshop was attended by experts, including Managing Director of B-K-O Citadel Ltd and administrator of AbdulKabir Aliu Foundation, Alhaji Luqman Obileye, officials from Jaiz Bank, officials from Lotus Capital Investment Limited led by Mrs Omolara Dara, an author of books on starting businesses, Mr AbdulLateef Amusat; the Oyo State coordinator of Lifeplus Foundation, Mrs Titiloye Olayinka and a young entrepreneur and expert in alternative energy, Mr Nurudeen Tiamiyu.

An investor, Mr Niyi Salawu, who commended the organisers’ commitment to poverty reduction in the land and the large turnout of participants, promised to assist the writers of the five best acceptable business proposals with N100,000 each.

One of the partnering organisations, LifePlus 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 will be monitored while a platform will be created for future business networking.

Earlier, the 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.

In the same vein, the National President of UNIFEMGA, Alhaji Abdul Fatai Olanlege and the Oyo State chapter’s chairman, Dr Ismail Kamil, said the workshop was part of the efforts of the association at contributing to national development.

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