CBN’s enterprise centre graduates 135 Osun youths
It was a moment of joy for the 135 youths in Osun State, after undergoing an entrepreneurship development training jointly organised by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) and the Entrepreneurship Development Centre, (Southwest) and implemented by the Africa Leadership Forum.
The participants went through a four-week intensive training and were exposed to modules such as mindset re-engineering to help them rethink business, money, and livelihood.
They were also trained in Enterprise Development and idea generation beside business and financial management, marketing and interpersonal relationship.
The participants also wrote their own individual business plans at the end of the training period.
Deputy Governor of the state, Otunba Grace TitiLaoye Tomori, admonished the youths of the state to be alive to their responsibilities.
‘’It is so sad that artisans from neighbouring countries would be preferred to Nigerians. This should change and the CBN-EDC is one of the means of putting an end to this aberration.
“All the graduating trainees are expected to go and start businesses in the state to end poverty and enhance employment rate. The era of oil boom is gone and we have to use our hands to produce,” she said.
The permanent Secretary of Osun State Ministry of Education, Julius Olajide, stated that the training is one of the integral plans of the government of the state and that all the participants that underwent the training had vouched to the effectiveness of the course as a life-changing experience.
‘’A second batch of the training had been slated to commence soon and other young people that heard about the training had been registering for it.
‘’The state government’s effort is to develop the human resources of the state. It is meant to teach the people how to fish and not to give them fish’’. He said.
Dr. Olumide Ajayi, the Programme Director of the CBN-EDC (Southwest), commended the state for being enterprising and for being the first state in the south-western part of the country to sponsor individuals for the training of such magnitude since its commencement in March 2015.