In its obligation to influence economic and socio-labour policies in creating an army of gainfully employed youths who in turn would be employers of labour and eventually add to national development, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) in collaboration with Imagine Business Services launched NECAPreneur in Nigeria, recently.
The unveiling of the initiative came as part of the Association’s continued commitment to partner with the Government to address the high unemployment rate among Nigerian youths. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had recently put the unemployment rate of the Nigerian youths at 80%.
According to NECA, ‘NECAPreneur’ is an e-solution aimed at providing an easy-to-access opportunity for the flooding Nigerian unemployed youths to upgrade their skills and to encourage a move away from the hunt for white collar jobs by the youths.
The Director General of NECA, Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, while speaking in Lagos, declared: “The initiative is in tandem with NECA’s mandate to influence economic and socio-labour policies to create an army of gainfully employed youths who in turn would be employers of labour and ultimately add to national development. The target is getting youths to be wealth creators rather than job seekers”.
Speaking, Mr. Oshinowo specifically lamented a situation where our teeming youths roam the streets and become ready tools for social ills.
Continuing, Oshinowo remarked: “The NECAPreneur is particularly designed for youths and undergraduates in Nigeria and the whole idea is to create an environment where we can get our undergraduates to think entrepreneurship before they leave the university, while those who have left and are unable to get a job would be motivated to embrace entrepreneurship as well”.
The NECA Director General again added that: “Nigeria has a population estimated over 185 million, above 50% of which is below 30 years, and over 13% of this are unemployed”.
According to Oshinowo, ‘’NECAPreneur’’ “Therefore, seeks to aggressively develop and make entrepreneurs of Nigerian youths by creating entrepreneurial consciousness among the youths. As representative of employers, we have the statistics and the jobs are simply not there, that is the truth. Demand for jobs has by far outstripped the supply for jobs and this is going to continue for a while and we would want to enjoin our youths to take their destinies in their hands by embracing entrepreneurship”.
Mr Oshinowo also maintained that: “The scheme is activated in tertiary institutions across Nigeria and also opened to the teeming youths that are already out of school. It will not only equip them to birth and successfully run their own businesses, but also lead them into avenues for start-up capital, mentoring, internship opportunities through NECA’s network and eventual certification of successful participants”.
The NECA D-G explained that The Entrepreneurship e-learning programme is in 3 stages: Basic, Intermediate and Advance, and that it is delivered through video tutorial and texts which is built into engaging modules; that the curriculum is tested, realistic and culturally relevant, with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO), (citybusinessnews).
What more can we say than a good step in helping to solve the teeming rate of youths unemployment in our society and teaching the youths to fish, rather than giving them fish. The time to think and act is now; these are life and business essentials, so let’s keep thinking clearly. Thank you for reading and do have a beautiful day!
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