U.S. Con­sulate, FSD academy train 121 emerg­ing en­trepreneurs

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - APPOINTMENTS - From Igho Ak­eregha, Abuja Bureau Chief, Uju Atueyi (La­gos) and Ann God­win (Port Har­court)

THE United States Con­sulate Gen­eral La­gos in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Field of Skills and Dreams VTE Academy has con­cluded the sec­ond edi­tion of the Con­fer­ence for Emerg­ing En­trepreneurs, which held in Port Har­court, Rivers State.

121 bud­ding Nige­rian en­trepreneurs par­tic­i­pated in the two-day work­shop. The up-and-com­ing en­trepreneurs, se­lected from across Nige­ria, learned how to trans­form their ideas into prac­ti­cal busi­ness plans, man­age busi­ness risks, nav­i­gate dif­fi­cult mo­ments, seek cap­i­tal, and de­velop part­ner­ships to help their busi­nesses grow.

United States Con­sul Gen­eral F. John Bray de­clared the work­shop open and was joined by Rivers State Deputy Gover­nor, Dr. Ipal­ibo Harry Banigo, and the ViceChan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Port Har­court, Pro­fes­sor Ndowa Lale.

In his wel­com­ing re­marks, Bray ex­plained that one of U.S. Mis­sion Nige­ria’s pri­mary goals is to sup­port Nige­ria’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the U.S. Depart­ment of State sup­ports en­trepreneurs all over the world through train­ing and men­tor­ing, while also work­ing with gov­ern­ments to cre­ate en­abling en­vi­ron­ments and en­tre­pre­neur­ial cul­tures.

“There is grow­ing ev­i­dence that en­trepreneurs the world over are the driv­ers of job growth. The United States gov­ern­ment is firmly con­vinced that in ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing jobs and ex­pand­ing eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, en­trepreneur­ship con­trib­utes to po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and a vi­brant civil so­ci­ety,” Bray added.

Lead­ing busi­ness lead­ers in­clud­ing Sa­hara Group Co-founder Tonye Cole, Em­zor Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal CEO Stella Okoli, An­dela Co-founder Iyin Aboyeji, award-win­ning de­signer Zizi Car­dow and se­nior ex­ec­u­tives of promi­nent com­mer­cial banks men­tored and trained the par­tic­i­pat­ing young en­trepreneurs.

The Con­fer­ence was or­ga­nized with a view to equip­ping the en­trepreneurs with the req­ui­site skills and en­tre­pre­neur­ial know-how to en­hance their suc­cess in the busi­ness world. The first edi­tion was held in La­gos in March 2017.

In his re­marks, The State Gover­nor, Nye­som Wike, de­scribed the ini­tia­tive as very laud­able and timely, ex­press­ing de­light for the choice of Port Har­court for the train­ing.

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