Nigerite Limited, a Lagos-based complete building solutions company, in its continued partnership with the Lagos State government on enterprise development projects, has said it is motivated by the need to encourage skills acquisition and capacity building.
The Marketing Director of the company, Toyin Gbede, an architect, disclosed this at the second Lagos State Enterprise Day held at NECA House, Agidingbi, Ikeja last week.
Toyin Gbede said for the world to survive the high rate of unemployment around the world today, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, youths must be developed into being entrepreneurs or business creators as against job seekers, pointing out that it is for this reason that Nigerite has collaborated with the Lagos State government on Enterprise Day.
He added that Nigerite got involved because the future of Nigeria, in a way, cannot be separated from the existence of the company. According to him, no nation can be considered developed without having a strong enterprise state, stressing that with the way the world is going, except youths develop strong entrepreneurial spirit, there will be no work for anybody.
He revealed that the leading building solutions company has greatly contributed to skills acquisition under the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, LASTVEB, and that the company also supported in the hosting of the second edition of the Enterprise Day.
He therefore advised states and the Federal Government to create entrepreneur units in all ministries, saying the Ministry of Works & Infrastructure can make sure bricklayers, carpenters and other artisans develop their skills into becoming entrepreneurs. He said same way the Ministry of Commerce and Industry can make sure market women and the petty traders harness what they have to become entrepreneurs. He noted that by that “we will be developing a society of entrepreneurs”.
Speaking earlier, Governor Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke-Orelope Adefulire said: “The occasion is yet another opportunity for the government to show its renewed commitment to revamp technical and vocational education in the state.”
This initiative of our government has been properly articulated to foster enterprise education among technical college students, encouraging them to embrace entrepreneurial activities and developing the right attitude towards entrepreneurship activities and self-employment” the governor added.
The theme of this year Enterprise Day was: “Technical and Vocational Skills as a Gateway for Enterprise Development”.