By Naomi Uzor
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, has said that mentoring programs can help curb the high level of unemployment in Nigeria.
Speaking at the graduation of mentees on LCCI mentoring program, the President of LCCI, Alhaji Remi Bello, who spoke through the Director General, LCCI, Mr. Muda Yusuf, said one of the major problem Nigeria has, has a lot to do with unemployment and security, as most of the people who are unemployed, have the tendencies of getting involved in illegal activities.
“We should begin to think of what we can do for ourselves, it is good to start something, no matter how small and the LCCI is committed to the mentoring program initiative, we know that marketing is not cheap, but when you get yourself involved in something productive and lucrative, automatically, the unemployment level in Nigeria will drop and the chamber always creates opportunities for our grandunds to showcase their products” he stated.
According to him, the whole idea is to develop the capacity of young Nigerians to be self employed and to promote the culture of entrepreneurship among the young people, adding that, it is one thing to have the technical knowledge about a business, and another thing to share your experience with others.
“That is where the concept of mentoring comes in, and what we do is that we match these people with experienced people who are members of the chamber and have been in the business for a long time so that they can share their experiences with them on how best to do business, what are the risks in business, how to manage these risks, and how best to go about it. We also give them free stand at the Lagos international trade fair to showcase their products.
It has brought a lot of value to them and this program has been on for two years and many of them are already up and doing” he said.
He noted that some of the mentees already have experience but can not be compared with those who have been in the business over the years.
“Some of them already have experience but you can’t beat the experience, or the wisdom of people that have long been in the business before you, the members of the chamber that they were matched with, are people that have experience of over twenty to thirty years and the idea of mentoring has brought a lot of exposure to their business.
We are in partnership with the regulatory bodies; we need to let them know that these are people new in business and that they are upcoming business people and needs to be carried along” he said.