By Lubem Gena
The President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Prince Adetokunbo Kayode has described entrepreneurship development as the only way to emancipate the Nigerian population.
Prince Kayode made this submission known in Abuja on Thursday at the launch of farm products by a 13-year old Junior Secondary school student of the Nigerian-Turkish International College Abuja, Miss Kamilah Ahmed during which he appreciated the exemplary efforts.
The various range of products made from Zobo amongst others.
“We as parents must have special interest in the total development of the children. Every opportunity we have to give education to the young should endeavour to see that it is moved in a way that will allow them to use their talents to be creative and self-sustaining. The way forward for Nigeria is entrepreneurship.
“Our young people must have skills and aspire to stand on their two feet. The richest people in the world and not necessarily professors or doctors or lawyers, they are actually people who applied their skills but used their talents to do something to better themselves and the society.
“For me, it is on this basis that I decided that I must be here to meet Kamilah and try to understand what has moved her to this. How I wish I had the courage and audacity to do what she is doing now. I want to urge all of us, parents to encourage this encourage this sense of entrepreneurship in our young and the ‘I can do’ mentality”, he maintained.
According to him, the desire by average graduates to look for white collar jobs should be disemphasised hence called on school leavers to ensure that learn a skill that will make them productive, competitive and have an edge over others in the labour market.
Prince Kayode expressed optimism that Kamillah’s business empire will receive favourable disposition in the market hence it has come to close a wide that that existed in range of products she is into.
It could be recalled that Kamilah is a mentee of the chamber through its capacity building arm known as the Business Entrepreneurial Skills and Technology (BEST) Centre.
In order to expand the scope of the mentorship programme, the chamber announced the establishment of the ACCI-Kamilah Entrepreneurship Initiative in which many other teenagers are expected to be enrolled and mentored on several skill areas.