A delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Felicia Sani, on Wednesday, condemned the exposure of female bankers to prostitution through unrealisable target set for them by their employers.
Sani, who is the President of Market Women Association, made the condemnation in her contribution to President Goodluck Jonathan’s address at the inauguration of the conference.
According to her, such trend which has had a great impact on socio-economic relationships should be discouraged.
“At the end of each year, banks make millions of Naira, yet they employ young girls and give them unrealisable targets” she said. “Why will you ask a young girl who is somebody’s wife, or sister or daughter to go from office to office to look for N400 million in a month? It is not possible. Let us discourage it. What kind of money are we looking for?’’.
Sani also frowned at the low patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods by Nigerians.
“If you go to Nnewi in Anambra, there are no parts of a vehicle you will not find there. Instead of buying them, our people prefer to jump into the next available flight to Japan to buy goods” she said. “Similarly, if you go to Aba, you will see assorted shoes made by local manufacturers. Yet, Nigerians will not buy them. But, once the label is replaced with `Made in America’, our people will buy them’’.
In another development, Prof. Ganiyu Raji, a delegate representing Oyo State, also called for improvement in the country’s power sector to promote industrialisation.
Raji pointed out that inadequate power supply had led to the closure of many industries in the country, as well as increased unemployment rate.
He pleaded with the Federal Government to ensure that the national identity card system worked to produce a national database.
Another delegate, Hassan Rilwan, representing Youth Organisations, called for an increase in the allowance paid to members of the National Youth Service Corps.
Rilwan said it should be equivalent to the salary of a Grade Level 8 Step 1 officer in the Federal Civil Service.
“This will enable graduates to save money to start any business of their choice at the end of their service to the country and reduce the level of unemployment and insurgency in the country” he said.