Giving the country’s alarming rate of unemployment, which have continued to force an army of Nigerian youths abroad in search of greener pasture, renowned industrialists and entrepreneurs who gathered, last Thursday, at the opening ceremony of Anabel Group 3rd Nigerian Leadership Summit 2014, held at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, have advised the youths to embrace entrepreneurship development and stop waiting for government to do everything.
Against the backdrop of reported cases of Nigerian youths who lose their lives even after investing huge amount of money, trying to illegally travel abroad through the desert and the waters, they tasked the youths to develop interest in the acquisition of entrepreneurial, vocational and business skills that will make them better citizens here in their father land.
Those who gave this charge at the event themed: ‘’Entrepreneurial Nation’’ are former Secretary of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; President/Chief Executive Officer, Anabel Group, Nicholas Okoye; Chairman Chikason Group, Chief Chika Okafor; Chief Executive Officer, South South Economic Council, Ambassador Joe Keshi and Managing Director, Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, Mustapha Obi.
Others are the Chairman, MRS Group of Companies, Sayyu Dantata; Principal/Chief International Development Officer, Weeks International Enterprises, Charles Weeks and Managing Director, MDG Consulting, Benny Mistry.
In his welcome address, Nicholas Okoye, stated that the theme ‘’Entrepreneurial Nation’’ became imperative because entrepreneurship holds the key to job creation in Nigeria.
He said: ‘’We know that the unemployment situation in Nigeria can be solved by young people creating jobs for themselves. As youths, we all wish to become business people in big, small or micro scales. We are all aware that some renowned Nigerian entrepreneurs have developed big businesses with as little as N5, 000.
‘’So, the whole idea of this summit is to tell you that there are solutions to our problems. We do not agree with those who sit on the fence and complain that the government should do everything for them.
We believe we can take our destiny into our hands with the efforts we have decided for ourselves. I have a mantra that says if you are not part of the solution, then, you are part of the problem. Those of us who complain consistently of the problems and don’t do anything about it are part of the problems.
Speaking further, he said: ‘’In recent time, Nigerian youths have been losing their lives trying to move abroad illegally through the deserts and water ways.
If you critically examine the story of those who lose their lives while trying to go abroad through the desert into Morocco, and from Morocco through the boat to Spain, each of them spend closely $5, 000 to get on sail.