By Lubem Gena, Abuja
The National Association of Retired Paramilitary Officers (NARPO) and Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have signed a partnership agreement to train retired or retiring personnel in the art of business management and skill development.
While signing the Agreement today, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) NARPO Chairman, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba emphasised the essence of the agreement by stating that it is part of ACCI’s efforts in ensuring that those who are still able bodied are skilled in specific areas that will make them effective business managers.
Prof. Adesugba also lauded the chamber for taking into consideration the plight of the retired personnel who have retired but are not tired an are also willing and able to embark on several profitable ventures that will add value to the country’s economy.
In his words: “Today has marked a special day in the respective lives of our members. The issue of skill, re-skilling and up-skilling is built around ideas that are very vital to the continuous contribution to the growth and development of our country.
“We are today witnessing an initiative that would add value to our businesses. We managed to use part of our retirement benefits to set up companies even though we have no serious business managerial tactics. But with this, we are on the path to effective business management. By this, we will add value to ourselves, create jobs and wealth”.
In his speech, ACCI President, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode thanked NARPO for choosing to embark on entrepreneurship training as part of their retirement activity.
“I came face to face with the skill problems in our country when I had a brief stunt in government. Most of the civil servants I met were professionals in their right and were effective on their jobs.
“However, something was missing. The link is the inability of these people to think beyond their civil service life. And that is why we are taking the bull by the horn to help our friends and compatriot to fill in that gap.
“Our firm belief is that one day, government will realise the importance of ensuring that public servants are properly skilled before easing them out of service.
“I assure NARPO of effective teaching and professional delivery of skill sets that will change their lives”, he stated.
The training is to be anchored by the ACCI’s Business Entrepreneurship and Technology (BEST) centre.