An online solution initiative to address the unemployment problem with the youth in Nigeria was recently launched by the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA). Dubbed ‘NECApreneur,’ this initiative’s goal is to provide an easy-to-access opportunity for a large number of Nigerian youths to upscale and upgrade their skills in business planning and entrepreneurship.
The program is part of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) according to the audience of employers in Nigeria, and it has the aim to bring its expertise and high profile network to work with the government in giving youths the skills they need to get a foot into the world of entrepreneurship.
The Director-General at NECA, Olusegun Oshinowo spoke at a training organized by the association in Lagos, urging young people to take control of their own lives and embrace entrepreneurship as a possible employment option. He advised them to position themselves in a place of advantage when it comes to business opportunities without being discouraged by the current situation of the country. He emphasized that the potential for the economy is actually quite great.
“With NECApreneur, we will empower and inspire them by ways they can turn their business ideas into profitable businesses, connect and link them with our high profile network he assured the audience that they will get the best out from the initiative.
“The whole idea is to create a clime where we can get our undergraduates before they leave the university and for graduates to embrace entrepreneurship, a situation where unemployment has reached the rooftop, we demand a new approach,” Oshinowo said.
Peter Aire is the Project Manager of NECApreneur. He took the audience through the basics of the two-month training – a three-stage process that’s a “one-stop-shop” where young entrepreneurs can find the resources they need to succeed in their endeavors.
According to Aire, “we recruit on that platform, train and provide them with relationships that they require to make successes of their entrepreneurship. The requirements by NECApreneur include internships, support, and funding.”
Heads of entrepreneurship departments from universities and other organizations spoke at length on how they have gone beyond the National University Commission curriculum to coach entrepreneur as a course of study and how success they seemed to have groomed these students as future entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
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