“Nigerians have best entrepreneurship talents globally” – VP Osinbajo

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Nigerians have best entrepreneurship talents globally - Osinbajo

The Vice President, Prof Yemi
Osinbajo, on Tuesday said that Nigerians possessed the most talented
entrepreneurial attributes globally. Osibanjo
made the assertion at the launch of the International Vocational and
Technical Education College (IVTEC), in Ajase-Ipo in Irepodun Local
Government Area of Kwara.

The News Agency
of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the college’s launch was part of the
activities of the Vice President’s one-day visit to the state.
Osinbajo said that the establishment of the college took into account the most important attributes of Nigerians toward diversifying the economy through entrepreneurship development.
According
to him, such important aspect of providing the right entrepreneurship
industrial base as the missing link that has retarded the growth of the
nation’s entrepreneurship sector.
He said
the entrepreneurship sector presently lacked the required certification
tailored toward the specific need of the society.
He
said that in spite of many vocational and skill training centres across
the country, “in my opinion, this is most important project any
government can undertake and which must be replicated across the
country.
“It took into account the
most important features of our lives as Nigerians. We are the most
talented young people any where in the world.
“Our
young people are talented, they are ready to learn and they are
prepared to be entrepreneurs. They are extremely aggressive in trade and
commerce.
“It is not enough to
just train to acquire skills but to attain the standard acceptable
international certificate require to grow.
“So that wherever they go to practice their skills, they will be marketable and work in any part of the world.”
Osinbajo commended the state government for collaborating with relevant global organisation in order to acquire the right certification for the college.
He
listed one of the challenge facing the sector as inadequate finance,
which he said, the Federal Government was tackling with the  involvement
of relevant stakeholders like the Bank of Industry.
Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of
Kwara, in his address, said the establishment of the college was in
line with the Federal Government policy thrust of promoting economic
diversification through entrepreneurship development.
Ahmed
said that the government was driven by the need to engage as many
youths as possible in the value chain of vocational training and
entrepreneurship.

He said that the college was already in partnership with London City and Guild, Alfred State College in the US as well as Praxis Atlantis Ltd., in Lagos, Nigeria.
“Globally, technical and vocational training has been identified as critical to growth, especially industrialisation.
“IVTEC
offers youths the necessary market structured relevance skills and
reliable pathway to economic empowerment in tackling unemployment,”
he said.
The
governor disclosed that the college was open to cater for young school
leavers seeking to acquire technical and vocational skills for setting
up their businesses.
The others, he said,
were tertiary graduates who want to diversify into other fields by
accessing new skill as well as professionals seeking continuous
entrepreneurship development.

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