Rogers Nwoke, Managing Director, HASAL Microfinance Bank Ltd, has called on the Catholic Church to encourage the enterprising poor in the society to elevate themselves out of poverty.
Nwoke made the call in an address at the maiden Catholic men’s economic conference
“ The church as a policy should be interested in the enterprising poor.
“ The high net worth Catholic businessmen should be encouraged to play the role of key economic and social players.
He said that the organised structure being operated by the Church should make reaching the enterprising poor relatively easy.
“ The church should be active in the area of financial intermediation just like Barnabas Manassei said that poor believers needed material help first and spiritual comfort afterwards.
He urged Catholic faithful to embrace humanitarian venture through which they can touch livest.
He said that at present there were 11 Catholic faith-based micro finance banks which were helping to bring the Nigerian enterprising poor into the mainstream in economic activities.
Nwoke stressed the need for an enabling environment for private sector investment to fully act as a catalyst for inclusive economic growth in the country.
He said that the growth and development of Nigeria should not be left in the hands of the government alone.
Mr John Philimon, a consultant to National Association of Small Scale Industries (NASSI), said that self discovery in business was a deliberate act created by God for people to see things around them as opportunities.
“ Self discovery of yourself is deliberately created by God so everything you see around you is an opportunity.
“ You need to believe yourself by building a decision from one level to another.
“ Your current location does not matter but you have to see every opportunity from where you are,’’ he said.
Philimon called on Catholic men to create a business portal so that communication and integration will be made easier
for a cluster membership of the organisation. (NAN)
Source : Leadership