NACCIMA President hail Prince Kayode for encouraging entrepreneurship amongst youths
…ACCI President describes entrepreneurship as way forward for Nigeria
The President of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Hajia Saratu Iya Aliyu has applauded efforts by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) President, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode for his untiring support to development of entrepreneurial spirit amongst the youths.
She made the commendation while speaking at the launching of products by a 13-year old girl, Kamilah Ahmed in Abuja during which she said such worthy initiatives deserves the support of all.
“I commend the efforts of the President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Prince Kayode Adetokunbo CON, SAN, who has taken it upon himself to grow and nurture the future of our youth, through the ACCI BEST CENTRE, a Centre that has the prospects of producing leaders, business moguls and Entrepreneurs who will address daunting challenges that affect Nigeria and the World.
“Today, we are here for the Start-up product launch of one of the brightest young minds in our country, Kamilah Ahmed, A 13 year old entrepreneur, and a JSS3 student of Tulip International College, Kaduna.
“Kamilah has taken a significant step, towards shaping her own future, one that doesn’t rely solely on what she gets from her parents, the unique product developed by Kamilah will address challenges in the Agricultural Sector.
“I am highly impressed and delighted to be a part of this Product launch, This will serve as a wakeup call to every young mind present here and out there, to challenge themselves to continuously devise various innovative means of addressing societal problems”, she stated.
Hajia Saratu who was represented by the NACCIMA National Legal Adviser and Head of Education Committee, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba expressed the desire of the NACCIMA and FEWACCI to continuously support an improved business environment for Nigeria.
Earlier in his welcome address, Prince Kayode described entrepreneurship development as the only way to emancipate the Nigerian population.
“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.