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The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Chemstar Group, manufacturers of Finecoat and Shield paint products, Dr. Aderemi Awode, has called on the government to create an enabling business environment by providing the right and necessary infrastructure that will aid the ease of doing business in the country.

Awode, who said that the call had become expedient in order for a business to thrive in the country, noted that the government should address the challenge of poor supply of electricity as a regular supply of electricity to industries would drive growth and optimal performance.

This was as he bemoaned the high unemployment rate among graduates and youths in the country, saying the urgent solution to the high unemployment rate lies in the readiness of the government to put in place the right infrastructure and enabling environment, such as adequate security, regular supply of electricity and good roads, among others for business to thrive.

He said: “The onus is on the government to create the right environment. Though the government is the right path, it can still do more. Of course, the government cannot do it alone, the industrialists, entrepreneurs and the entire organised private sector should play their part, for us to jointly take the country to greater heights.”

Awode, who disclosed this at the Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) in Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State, when he was conferred with the Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) in Business Administration by the university, traced the high rate of crime and restiveness among the youth to the general lack of employment and other opportunities for the youth population.

He said that he would continue to contribute his quota to the economic growth of the country, particularly in the area of employment generation to engage the teeming graduates being churned out yearly by higher institutions of learning across the country.

Awode said: “Today’s honour or award by this university will be a stimulus that will spur me to do more in the areas of contributing to the growth of Nigeria’s economy particularly in the area of creating more employment opportunities for the youths and especially graduates of our tertiary institutions.”

Other recipients of the university’s honorary doctorate degrees are the Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Osun State Governor, Isiaka Oyetola; Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa; and the Managing Director of Bovas Company Limited, Mrs. Victoria Samson.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kola Sonaike, described the honorees as outstanding and distinguished personalities who have written their names in gold in their respective areas of specializations.

He commended their ingenuity in contributing immensely to the growth of the economy and humanity in the area of value-added and making them more productive in society.


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