Saturday, January 20, 2018 8.00PM / Proshare WebTV
The Women in Finance Nigeria a leading and strategic group that advocates for women rights and the total financial empowerment of women, hosted its first quarterly dinner in Abuja.
It was an opportunity to reinforce its vision and mission statement, and also inaugurate a new executive committee that will steer the affairs of the group.
Giving her opening remarks the Interim Chairman of the Group Mrs Toyin Sanni said the Women in Finance Nigeria was initiated in 2016, and exists in notable developed economies like the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa.
Outlining the mission statement of the group, Mrs Sanni listed the following as its mandate; advancing the cause of women, pursuing financial inclusion for women, advancing financial literacy for women, engaging policy makers on initiatives that will grow economy and be favourable to women and promote gender parity in the country.
She made a strong case by stating that women constitute 50% of the Nigeria’s population, but are grossly under-represented in spheres like politics, finance, governance, business and technology amongst others, which has to be reversed.
Speaking further the Interim Chairman asserted that the Women in Finance Nigeria was an advocacy, developmental and networking platform for women in the country.
In her presentation on “The Critical Role of Women in Housing Finance – Shifting the Paradigm in Nigeria” Mrs Adenike Fasanya-Osilaja noted that a solid housing policy in Nigeria, was critical for women. The Mortgage consultant decried the fact that in global housing women participation was only 13%.
She said Women in Finance Nigeria had the task of galvanizing women to step up their game and stand up to be counted in key sectors of the economy.
Mrs Osilaja harped on the need for the WIFNG to engage in data driven policy discussions, noting that “A conversation without data, is an opinion”.
The Special Guest of Honour at the event and Director-General of Debt Management Office of Nigeria Ms Pat Oniha was recognized by the group, for her immense contribution to the growth of the financial market and economy.
Ms Oniha in her response thanked the Women in Finance Nigeria for the honours, and committed to supporting the group and providing a mentorship role to the younger women professionals.
A new executive committee was inaugurated at the dinner, with Mrs Toyin Sanni Group CEO, United Capital as Chairman, while other members include , Yemisi Tayo-Aboaba - Head, International Corporates, Global Banking at Standard Chartered Bank, Funmilayo Ekundayo, Managing Director, STL Trustees Limited, Bunmi Lawson, immediate past CEO, Accion MFB Ltd, Oghogho Osula, Managing Director, Coronation MB Trustees Limited and Tokunbo Ajayi, Managing Director, United Capital Trustees Limited as well as Chief Mrs. Eniola Fadayomi, Chairman of Africa Prudential Plc, who is on the Advisory Board.
The dinner was graced by top women leaders occupying key positions in the public and private sector space in the country.
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