Mrs Efua Edeh, Executive Director, Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), on Thursday said that imparting entrepreneurship acumen in youths could liberate the country from economic uncertainty.
Edeh made the remark at the JAN National Company of the Year Competition in Lagos. She added that the country’s current state of economic uncertainty could only be surmounted through the entrepreneurial activities of youths.
“With today’s economic outlook, companies programmes empower our youths and give them a solid understanding of what it takes to run a successful company, while giving back to the community.
“These are the leadership skills we are striving to impart on our youths to build a nation of conscientious business leaders and eradicate the effects of unemployment,’’ she said.
Edeh congratulated the teachers and students for all their hard work and dedication to the development of their companies and community service projects while juggling their studies.
Similarly, Mrs Elizabeth Bintliff, Chief Executive Officer, Junior Achievement Africa, said that she was impressed with the display of intelligence demonstrated by the students in the completion of their projects.
Bintliff advised the students to hold fast to what they had learnt in the course of preparing for the competition and noted that it would help them to achieve their goals in future.
“Entrepreneurship is difficult, challenging and tasking but it is also highly rewarding,’’ she said. Blintiff said that one of the biggest challenges they might encounter in their journey to becoming entrepreneurs would be to get their parents to understand their vision.
“I urge you to be intentional and respectful in helping your parents to understand the decisions you make,’’ she said. Caro Favoured College, Ajegunle, Lagos, came first with their Dot Matrix Display for advertising presentation.
Methodist Girls Secondary School, Port Harcourt, Rivers, came second with their Waste-to-Wealth and Information Communication and Technology presentation.
The third position went to Asokoro Community Staff School, Asokoro, Abuja, who presented the benefits of making customised spoon mirrors, shower caps, jewellery sets and flower vase.
Junior Achievement started operations in Nigeria in 1999 and since then, has reached over 650, 000 students in over 750 schools in 29 locations nationwide.
The aim of Junior of Junior Achievement Nigeria is to build a bridge between the classroom and the work place through the implementation of several age specific programmes. The programmes are designed for in-and-out of school youth between five and 28 years.