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CSO urges Enugu govt to ensure structure for effective women empowerment projects

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A Civil Society Organisation, South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO), has urged Enugu State Government to ensure proper structure for effective projects on women economic empowerment in Enugu State.

The Programme Manager, SSDO, Ms Nkem Awachie, gave the advice during a policy dialogue on Women Economic Empowerment, organised by SSDO in partnership with Development Research Project Centre, in Enugu on Thursday.

Awachie said that her organisation was looking at analysis of the budgets to see what percentage has been allocated to women economic empowerment projects in Enugu State.

She added that from the budget analysis when compared 2021 and 2022 budgets on women economic empowerment, there was an increased allocation from the analysis.

She explained that it was important to find out where the allocation was going to.

“We have to find out where the allocation is going to, whether it is actually going to women economic empowerment projects
or to something that does not help women,” she said.

She added that there were several programmes at empowering women economically across Ministries, Departments and agencies’ budgets, adding that the number of women beneficiaries were not declared in the budget documents.

She urged the government to make data of the women empowerment projects available for records and information purposes in the state.

The Programme Head, SSDO, Mr Udochukwu Egwim said that from the analysis, Enugu State Government allocated N76 million to women economic empowerment in 2021 fiscal year and was increased to N280 million in 2022.

Egwim said that several programmes aimed at empowering women but did not declare the number of women beneficiaries on the budget documents, adding that many of the programmes did not have locations.

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Some of the participants urged the state government to sincerely empower women economically by discouraging collections of multiple taxes in the state.

Mrs Onyiye Mama, one of the participants, said that excess taxes was not helping women in their businesses, especially the beginners.

Another participant, Prof. Obioma Nwaagu, said that the taxes imposed on women where they carry out their businesses were alarming.

She called on the state government to waive some of the taxes so that the women could make reasonable profit at end of the day.

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