From Ahmadiyya, economic empowerment for the youth

Aerial view of buildings and markets on Lagos Island.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria has urged faithful youths to tap into business opportunities abound in the society with utmost commitment and Islamic ethical standards.

The National Amir, Mashhud Adenrele Fashola at the Nigeria Economic Summit organised by the Majlis Khuddam Ahmadiyya (MKA) in Lagos, said that their is no excuse for poverty as numerous opportunities abound in the society that anticipating youth can exploit and make good income to survive in the recessed economy.

Fashola said although so many external factors such as regular electricity supply, bad roads and security among others are militating against business survival, but charged the youths to be creative and focused to achieve their goal.

Fashola said those challenges also provide for an opportunity for business ideas.

He acknowledged the Federal Government’s effort in tackling the challenges but said much is still needed to be done to fix the infrastructure deficit in the country.

He said : “Poverty is not an excuse for joblessness, you can learn from others who are successful and make efforts.

“We have been talking about millions of jobless youths, they should not wait for government, they can take their own initiative for self empowerment. So, as a body of youth council (MKA) they can call on those among them who are successful in business to learn from them.”

The panelists shared their experiences and enjoined the youths to take a bold step in floating a business that is devoid of bribery and corruption.

Among the speakers is Tajudeen Oladoja, who discouraged disceptive marketing and fraudulent business, he also urged participants to tap into digital networking to build up businesses.
Oladoja, a project management consultant said: “We should have the mindset of adding value in whatever we do and we should try to be contented and comply with the global best practices, “

Abdul Azeez Alatoye harps on self development and personal growth, urging entrepreneurs to earn good integrity through honesty and competence with support of prayer.

“You must strategically position yourself to be able to challenge yourself, “ he said.

Another speaker, Mufaddil Bankole said faithful entrepreneurs should be positioned to work for the private sector than government “because a lot of them do things that are unethical….if there is any need to work for government at all you should make your product of service be of extra quality so that they will have to look for you themselves. It is a total nonsense to give bribes”.
He stressed that, “ honesty and fear of God works brilliantly for success. People will come to you with all source of things to test you but you need to be guided by your faith, with good faith there is no business you will engage in that will not thrive”.

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