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Experts want Nigerian youths to embrace integrity in business


Business experts across all sectors of the economy have urged Nigerian youths to imbibe integrity and other sterling values to enthrone a better Nigeria.

Besides, the experts said that the solution to country’s poor governance is for young Nigerian to have a proper mindset, with amplified voice instituted in integrity and backed up with knowledge.

The co-founder and former Group Executive Director, Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, said integrity is not complete until it is consistent, noting that “certificates can expire, but the strong values of the person that acquired the certificate don’t expire.”

Speaking with The Guardian on the sidelines of the Mentorship Conference, organised by the Custodian Investment Plc, in Lagos, he pointed out that being a person of strong values would give one sustainable value. “If you stay with your values, the world will ultimately come back to you.”


The mentorship event was organised to connect young professionals and entrepreneurs with professionals they could learn practical lessons, as well as help them in business in the future.

Cole, stressed that poor governance is a system that is against his kind that demands accountability, adding that governments’ appointments are not rewards, but an assignment.

But the Group Managing Director of Custodian Investment Plc, Wole Oshin, who tasked young Nigerians on integrity, said that organisational culture is what determines the direction of any organisation, especially one that wants to be doing well in any sectors of the economy.

Oshin urged the youths to be entrepreneurial in anywhere they find themselves to emerge as successful fellows in business, adding that potential in this country is massive and the youths can maximise the opportunities to develop their skills and improve the economy.

A global business expert, Tara Durotoye, who is a make-up artist that stated her business with N15,000 and today, has over 30 branches across the country, encouraged the youths to embrace good values, said lasting values would not expire.

Durotoye, tasked the youths to embrace social networks to make their voice known and maximise the potential in the ecosystem to develop their business and the economy.

She expressed worries that poor governance was responsible for Nigeria’s undesirable economic situation, raising the hopes that the country would be great again, and that the new Nigeria would reward strong sense of values.

“Putting your best into anything that comes your way, integrity is a credit facility. Avoid giving excuses in life, think through before you share your ideas with anyone. Never be afraid to take on giants,” she added.

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