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LCCI move to curb youth unemployment

By Naomi Uzor
The Lagos Chamber of  Commerce and Industry(LCCI), has announced its readiness to help unemployed youths to become entrepreneurs.  Also, the Industrial Group of the chamber will today brain stormed on “Vision 20:2020, The Industrialist’s Dilemma.”

“The wealthiest people in the world are not the wage earners, they are the entrepreneurs.  If you want to belong to that class, the time to begin is now. The LCCI is ready and willing to give all necessary support to our youths to develop their entrepreneurial potentials,” said LCCI President , Asiwaju Solomon Onafowokan.

Speaking on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the LCCI Junior Entrepreneurs Club, Onafowokan , urged unemployed graduates to begin to change their mind set from being job seekers to being job creators and from potential employees to potential employers.

“Of course there would be challenges, but they will overcome them by being focussed and persistent
“We know from experience that the best entrepreneurs are those who started the journey to private enterprise early in live. I believe that every human being is gifted with one talent or the other.  We would take you through a process of self realization and self actualization. The beginning of successful entrepreneurship is in self discovery.

We would also encourage our members to support his initiative by offering mentorship support to members of the Junior Entrepreneurs Club” he stated

Furthermore,  he said the era of primary of salary jobs is gradually being consigned to history and the new thinking is to encourage the younger generation of Nigerians to embrace the culture and spirit of entrepreneurship.

Happily, he added, that  the economic and investment space for private enterprise is expanding by the day and the public sector is ceding many responsibilities for service and infrastructure provision to the private sector through the Public Private Partnership (PPP).  These opportunities are opening up at all levels of government- federal, state and local.  The political leadership has also woken up to the reality that the future of the economy lies in private sector development.  Indeed, quite a number of them have also been taking steps to encourage entrepreneurship development.


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