By Michael Adesanya /Abeokuta
A Lagos-based organization, the Spark Consults under the Bola Adeboye Foundation (BAF) is targeting 2, 000 Nigerian youth to grace its entrepreneurial summit.
The summit is part of activities lined up to mark the country’s 58th independence anniversary in October and is aimed at liberating Nigerian youth from being dependants, to becoming employers of labour.
Addressing journalists in Lagos at the weekend, the Chief Executive Officer of Spark Consults, Bola Adeboye said the summit was planned to meet the needs of Nigerian undergraduates, those who have graduated from the higher institutions as well as those still undergoing their Nigeria Youths Service Corp (NYSC) programme.
Adeboye stated that the summit will focus on core vision, values and objectives of creating new breed of entrepreneurs – with the sole aim of empowering them towards exploring opportunities in Nigerian markets that would make them succeed in businesses.
He further stated that his organisation had packaged a workshop under the National Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Summit (NEES2018), which would be exposing the beneficiaries to areas such as Market Creation; De-Marketing and Re-Marketing; Start-Up Strategies and Financing Opportunities in the country’s business environment as well as Inherent Opportunities and Imminent Challenges that accompany enterprises creation in Nigeria.
Other areas where the beneficiaries would be exposed to included: contemporary issues confronting women entrepreneurs in emerging and developed economies; emergence and importance of e-commerce and digital marketing in globalized 21st century as well as the need for adequate financial intelligence and independence for 21st century aspiring entrepreneurs among others.
Adeboye hinted that resource persons for the summit were drawn from across the globe to include: Dr. Issa Abdulraheem (U.A.E), Dr. Florence Chiwetu (U.K) as well as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Wale Babalakin just to mention a few.
Adeboye further disclosed that the summit would empower the beneficiaries with soft loans.
Among the dignitaries also expected to grace the summit included the Chairman of OBAT Oil, Oba Obateru Akinruntan and Dr. Murtala Amodu among others.