Inclusion of more women in decision making bodies and corporate organisation would speed up corporate governance, profitability, transparency and economic advancement of Nigeria and Africa.

This was the consensus of all the women in attendance at the symposium to mark the International Women’s Day 2017 with the theme “transcending gender limitations,” which held Wednesday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Lagos.

Professor Bolanle Awe, first female Professor of History in Nigeria and author of “Nigerian Women Pioneers & Icons , in her presentation said that Nigeria has retarded her development through scheming out of female elected politicians, and obnoxious girl child marriage.

She however called on the women folk not to be cowed out of active contribution to national development by looking beyond gender barriers. Adding that women have remained key drivers of transparent leadership in political and corporate organisations.

Commissioner for Urban & Physical Planning, Ogun State Mrs. Ronke Sokefun; Founder and Managing Director of Invivo Partners Limited, Ms. Ngozi Edozien; Founder and Publisher of Genevieve Magazine, Mrs. Betty Irabor, and General Counsel and Head, Regulation, NSE, Ms Tinu Awe, were also of the consensus that barriers are only created in the minds of women and that only a woman could stop herself from delivering more than her male counterparts in economic development of the nation.

Ms Pai Gamde, Acting Head, Corporate Services Division, NSE and Mrs. Mojisola Adeola, Council Secretary, NSE, in their respective contributions, reiterated the need for self-development of women beyond certificates , in order der not to be their own potentials in the nation’s economic growth agenda.

Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, the Ogun state commissioner for physical planning said that women stand the chance of growing the economic through better representation in government and corporate organisation boards. According to her, gender limitations are only created in the minds of women as barriers, but as growth and developmental agents, women stand ahead in goal delivery and profit maximization in the private and public sector.

The acting Head of Corporate Services Division for the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Pai Gamde has urged on the creation of policies/ framework that will foster women inclusion and integrate the gender on a balance towards improving economic development.

She gave this call at the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s symposium held in commemoration of the International Women’s Day in Lagos on Wednesday.

According to Pai Gamde, the woman needs to believe in the value she contributes to the development of the economy. “We encourage the woman to rise up with a determination to make history as a woman and to break loose from barriers that society or background may have set” she said.

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