Lagos - Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos State Governor, assured entrepreneurs in the state, especially the younger ones, of his government’s readiness to provide them an enabling platform to exhibit their entrepreneurial skills to achieve their full potential.
Speaking at the second edition of the Lagos Enterprise Day, held at the NECA House, Ikeja, he noted that the state government was aware of the growing interest of the younger generation in doing something for themselves, rather than looking for non-existent white-collar jobs.
The government could only encourage them by providing the necessary support towards achieving such goals for their own benefits as well as the economy of the state.
Fashola, represented by his deputy, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, added that the Enterprise Day celebration was marked to promote the spirit of entrepreneurs and provide an avenue for the small business owners to listen and share experiences from the well-established entrepreneurs in the state and draw inspiration and encouragement from their stories.
“Our administration is celebrating this annual event to also promote networking with successful entrepreneurs in order to create a formidable empowerment base. Young entrepreneurs from the technical colleges now have the opportunity of embracing innovative ideas, envisioning the impossible and ultimately transforming the Lagos economy, after listening to the success stories of the established entrepreneurs,” the governor noted.
He added that with the provision of grants to students with the best business plans from the technical and vocational colleges, the state government was helping to transform the young entrepreneurial ideas into profitable and thriving business that will provide employment opportunities for other Nigerians and contribute to local, state and national economy.
Fashola while thanking the organized private sector for partnering with the government towards achieving this feat, noted that their support would ensure a seamless conduct of the enterprise education programme in the government owned technical colleges and reinforce government’s commitment to building an enabling, inspiring and empowering environment for youths of Lagos State.
In her welcomed address, Commissioner for Education in the State,Olayinka Oladunjoye, stated that the Enterprise Day was an annual event which promoted networking of successful entrepreneurs with young aspiring entrepreneurs from the technical colleges in a one-day open interactive forum.
She added that following the success of the first edition, the second edition with the theme, "Technical and Vocational Skills as a Gateway for Enterprise Development’ was designed to celebrate legacies of successful entrepreneurs while also promoting immense opportunities in youth-led businesses and other entrepreneurial pursuits.
The highlight of the occasion was the induction into the Hall of Fame, where 12 successful entrepreneurs in Nigeria were inducted.
Some of the inductees include Oba Otudeko, Aliko Dangote, Fola Adeola, Deola Sagoe, Nike Ogunlesi and Adebutu Kessignton amongst others.
- CAJ News