By Lubem Gena
As Nigeria celebrates the 2020 Children’s Day, the President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Prince Adetokunbo Kayode has called on Nigerian children to start getting themselves prepared and involved in activities that will make them entrepreneurs rather than job seekers.
The ACCI President’s call was contained in his 2020 Children Day’s message in which he emphasised that the country is looking up to the younger generation to grow up to be responsible adults that will contribute significantly to the overall national economic development.
According to him, gone are those days public service jobs were fashionable as compared to the prevailing situation where the country is in dire need of people with entrepreneurial mind to take it out of economic woes.
He also informed that according to a World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs survey, half of today’s work activities could be automated by 2055 thereby creating completely new roles, responsibilities, and challenges for the future workforce pointing out that children will need to know entrepreneurship as the sure way to go in order to generate more jobs and earning for both themselves and the country.
“Entrepreneurship education encourages creativity, innovation, and collaboration. The demanding entrepreneurship journey requires more passion and sustained persistence by the younger people.
“It is in realisation of this very important need that we established the Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology (BEST) Centre in the chamber. The Centre is aimed at training, skilling, re-skilling and building capacity of our children and also to provide tailor-made solutions that fills skills gap.
“We have done quite well in the past 2 and half years and the positive impact is tremendous. This Centre is available for those who wish to embark on the all-important entrepreneurship journey”, he said.
Children’s Day is annually observed in Nigeria on May 27. The holiday is celebrated by government and non-governmental organizations. The standard practice is to select children from each school to participate in a match-past to salute the state leader in the stadium in competition with other schools.
However, due to the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, it may not be observed in the normal fashion.