Chamber takes entrepreneurial skill to corps memebers
In a bid to dissuade young Nigerians from searching for non-existing government jobs after graduation, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ltd. (ACCI) has taken entrepreneurial skill acquisition to the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps in Abuja.
Speaking at the Skills Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Inter Debate organised for corps members at the camp, the Director of Business Development of the chamber, Mrs Tonia Soyele, said it has become imperative to educate the corps members on the need to acquire entrepreneurial skills due to the reality of lack of the much sourced white collar jobs.
She said the debate which is anchored on the need to interrogate if finance can actually stop someone from becoming an entrepreneur is necessary in order to dissuade the minds of the youths on the notion that they cannot start any small scale business of their own without huge finance.
This notion she said had always kept youths incapacitated while they spend lots of time, energy and the little money at their disposal searching for jobs for years. She said the unfortunate thing is that time and resources are wasted in the process without their knowing it.
Soyele added that the chamber partnered the NYSC to organise the debate to key into the Federal Government’s policy aimed at educating youths on entrepreneurial skills and businesses.
Her words, “Initially, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce has been noted for dealing with business people.
But with the new management which began to have a thought that youth should bring to the chamber to understand the real meaning of entrepreneurship.’’
The director said the debate was organized to make young graduates understand that entrepreneurial skills and businesses were key to grow economy.
The chamber also supported the camp with food items while gifts were presented to the debaters who excelled in the competition.
In her response, the NYSC Camp Director, Mrs Joy Haruna, commended the chamber for its good gesture. Haruna said the debate would go a long way in enhancing the capacity of corps members on entrepreneurial businesses.