Youths should em­brace en­trepreneur­ship - Popoola

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

Youths have been charged to de­velop en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills to ben­e­fit from the im­mense op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided by the ICT, en­gi­neer­ing, ac­count­ing, law, real es­tate and medicine.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/CEO of CRC Credit Bureau, Ahmed Tunde Popoola, made the call at the 10th Nasfat Youth Con­fer­ence held in Abuja, yes­ter­day.

He urged the youth to get them­selves equipped, ob­serv­ing that the Nige­rian econ­omy was des­tined to be among the best in no dis­tant time from now.

He said that a lot of ef­forts have been made by govern­ment and other stake­hold­ers grow the econ­omy, en­hance the in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment and make the econ­omy driven by the pri­vate sec­tor. He men­tioned some of the ef­forts to in­clude spe­cial funds in form of grants and loans with low fi­nance charges, pro­vi­sion of in­cen­tives in cer­tain sec­tors and pri­va­ti­za­tion, among oth­ers.

Popoola said that with Nigeria’s eco­nomic prospects, youth, es­pe­cially en­trepreneurs, and self em­ployed would be the ma­jor ben­e­fi­cia­ries of these chang­ing busi­ness cli­mate and govern­ment in­cen­tives and ini­tia­tives.

He called on govern­ment to do more to fos­ter growth and de­vel­op­ment in the econ­omy.

He said: “We must strengthen our in­sti­tu­tions, pro­vide in­fra­struc­ture, en­hance the macroe­co­nomic en­vi­ron­ment and ac­tively pro­mote qual­ity health and pri­mary/ sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. To mi­grate to a knowl­edge-driven econ­omy and join a coun­try like South Africa, we have to pay at­ten­tion to higher ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, labour mar­ket ef­fi­ciency, good mar­ket ef­fi­ciency, fi­nan­cial mar­ket de­vel­op­ment, in­no­va­tion and tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment”

Chair­man of the oc­ca­sion and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Me­dia Trust Ishaq Aji­bola, charged the youths to al­ways seize op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop them­selves and stop lament­ing over their con­di­tions.

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