Ondo to tackle unemployment with entrepreneurial innovation
As part of efforts aimed at tackling poverty and creating jobs and reducing extreme poverty, several initiatives targeted at job opportunities for youths, women and vulnerable groups remain top discussions at the Ondo State Entrepreneurship Agency, (ONDEA) unemployment summit.
The governor of the State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) reeled out an eight-point agenda aimed at reducing poverty through entrepreneurship, knowledge economy, innovation and technology.
Akeredolu stated that he is ready to invest more in entrepreneurship development and provide startup funds for persons with entrepreneurship skills that are badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He disclosed this at the inaugural unemployment summit held in Akure that had distinguished speakers in attendance.
Speakers at the summit included Apostle Folorunso Alakija, Rev’d Funke Felix-Adejumo Serial Entrepreneur and owner of FFA Resorts in Ondo State, Jack-Rich Chairman of Belemaoil, Wanle Akinboboye President of LaCampagne Tropicana, Dare Akande C.E.O of Bellagio Air, Nancy Taiye Aragbaye Founder and CEO of Strategic Solutions, Mitchelle Adepoju
“We have always been concerned that the only enduring solutions to the unemployment issues are for our youths to embrace entrepreneurial development,” Akeredolu said.
The governor submitted that entrepreneurship development plays a vital role in job creation and poverty alleviation.
One of the many initiatives by his administration is the unemployment Summit 2021 which is powered by the Ondo State Entrepreneurship Agency (ONDEA).
The Unemployment Summit hosted by the Governor and executed by Dr Summy Smart Francis, Special Adviser on Entrepreneurship Development was targeted at addressing unemployment as a challenge and proffering practical Solutions to it.
The keynote speaker at the summit, Apostle Folorunso Alakija, said to foster economic growth and engender business knowledge transfer for indigenous based entrepreneurs, MSMEs and job seekers need to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
Alakija explained: “A lot of people might not know the importance now, the fact about entrepreneurship is that it is the engine that creates new jobs and it is a great panacea for economic development.”