12 states in Nigeria are to benefit from the Department For International Development’s, (DFID); Growth and Employment in States Business (GEMS3) programs aimed at creating 30,000 jobs by 2015.
The Project Manager of the DFID GEMS3, Alexandra Mehnaz, stated this yesterday in Lokoja during the GEMS3 – Business Environment Focus Group Discussion workshop for women entrepreneurs facilitated by the Office of the Special Adviser to the State Government on Youths and Women Advancement.
“The aim of the focus group discussion is to understand the issues and concerns of women entrepreneurs by stimulating a robust discussion on issues of business growth. The outcome of the workshop will feed into the GEMS3 intervention in land, tax and investment reforms already ongoing in the state,” Mehnaz said.
“GEMS3 is targeting 695,000 people to experience an increase in incomes by 2015; 250,000 of which must be women.” [Vanguard]