The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has introduced an online solution initiative tagged: NECApreneur, to tackle youth unemployment.
NECA said the initiative was aimed at providing easy access for the teeming Nigerian youths to upscale and upgrade their skills in entrepreneurship and business planning.
The national umbrella body of employers in Nigeria said the programme was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aimed at bringing its expertise and high-profile network to work with the government in equipping youths to embrace entrepreneurship.
At a training organised by the association in Lagos, its Director-General, Olusegun Oshinowo, urged youths to take their destiny in their hands and embrace entrepreneurship as a veritable employment option.
He advised them to position themselves and take advantage of business opportunities without being discouraged by the current situation of the country, noting that the prospects and potential for the economy are quite great.
“With NECApreneur, we will empower and inspire them by ways they can turn their business ideas into profitable businesses, connect and link them with our high profile network,” he said, assuring the youth that they will get the best out from the initiative.
He continued:“The whole idea is to create a clime where we can get our undergraduates before they leave the university and for graduates to embrace entrepreneurship, a situation where unemployment has reached the rooftop, we demand a new approach.”
NECApreneur Project Manager, Peter Aire, who took the audience through the rudiments of the two months training, which runs in three stages, described NECApreneur online as a one-stop-shop where all the resources a young entrepreneur requires to succeed are encapsulated.
According to Aire, “we recruit on that platform, train and provide them with relationships that they require to make a success of their entrepreneurship. The requirements by NECApreneur include an internship, support and funding.”
The programme had heads from the entrepreneurship departments from universities and other organisations in attendance and they all spoke at length on how they had gone beyond the National University Commission (NUC) curriculum to inculcate entrepreneur as a course of study and how they had groomed their students to become prospective entrepreneurs.