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‘Corporate governance, means of entrepreneurs’ survival’

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Panelist, Omolara Akinfolarin (left); Board member, Folu Ayeni; Speaker, Nnamdi Ezeigbo; Chairman, LEAP Africa, Nadu Denloye; panelists, Edith Azinge; Tara Fela-Durotoye; Founder, LEAP Africa, Ndidi Nwuneli; Board member, Uche Pedro and acting Executive Director, LEAP Africa, Femi Taiwo, during the organisation’s 12th yearly CEOs forum in Lagos.<br />


LEAP Africa has hinged the growth of businesses, particularly entrepreneurial investments on effective institution of board of directors.The Acting Executive Director, of LEAP Africa, Femi Taiwo, who said this, noted that the LEAP Africa CEOs Forum was designed to support SME development in Nigeria and equip business owners to build sustainable organizations said for business to survival young entrepreneurs in the country have to see the need in setting board of trustees as to improve their business survival.
 
He said reports have revealed that they are high rate in which small business in the country strive for two or three years to grow and die by giving up on their talent due to lack of board of trustees.

“This year’s LEAP Africa’s 12th CEOs Forum tagged “Managing Growth for Profitability”, is focused to enable SME’s small businesses and micro business to understand the role corporate governance have to play in growing their businesses and the need for talents management as to play in making sure businesses prosper.

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He added: “Right now the country is presently in recession, just striving to come out and business owners cannot afford to lose customers. Still you have to keep to the quality you have been known for, so it time for entrepreneurs to be more innovative than ever.
 
“For you to grow in time like this businesses need to pay more attention to financial inclusion and also cash flow and quality must remain” He urged entrepreneurs to tap into the current economic downturn and make more gains that will help build their brands among others. 

He said the CEO Forum has exposes business owners to the importance of planning for their succession and instituting effective systems and structures, and values within their organizations, to ensure long-term sustainability. 

According to the Founder of LEAP Africa, Ndidi Nwuneli, “In the previous CEO Forum, including this year’s, we have been able to capture so many young entrepreneurs, and talk about the level of business folding up may be you run a business for like a year or two and is no where to be found again.

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“But with the young CEOs forum we have been able to touch life of a lot of young people doing outstanding things and starting businesses, “You know about the unemployment rate, many more people are looking at small businesses and enterprises as a way out of the unemployment line. Which as lead to the support we giving to young businesses, on how can we bring young people building businesses together.”

The Travel and Logistics Coordinator Africa Lead, Rosalind Adjei-Seffah, described the forum as impactful and urged for continuation, because it helps in bringing together so many youths with different ideas to meet with their mentors in various fields to discussion how they got started.

She said: ”The era of white collar jobs is gone. It is now what you can do and I can do, so it time for youths to be lucrative than ever in order to make a living for themselves rather than waiting for Federal government to create jobs that are not available anywhere.”


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