Group trains students on entrepreneurial, leadership skills

As part of efforts to tackle unemployment and prepare the young ones for entrepreneurial and leadership skills, a non-governmental organisation, Building Young Entrepreneurs (BYE) is set to train and prepare students for future challenges.

Already, four states, including Lagos, Rivers, Imo/Edo and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja have been set aside for the pilot scheme set to begin in March 2019.

Already, the founder and convener of the BYE campaign, Mr Bright Oloyo who was flanked by Auditor General of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) South West, Joshua Owolabi, Chief Executive Officer of Qitech Technologies, Segun Oruame and founder, Nobelova Gradani Psychoeducational coordinator, Mrs Helen Oshikoya said the group is partnering with NAPPS in the training targeted at secondary school students.

He disclosed that about 50,000 students from about 1,000 schools would participate in the first phase of the training programme.

He said, “The campaign in collaboration with NAPPS and a collection of seasoned entrepreneurs from around the world is designed to steer young minds in entrepreneurial and industry leadership skills, to prepare them for the challenges therein and provide them with the needed guidelines required to succeed. It is to also identify and provide support in the form of coaching and mentoring for these future leaders.”

“The reason for this campaign is basically because there is an upsurge in unemployment and recent statistics states that between 55 to 60 percent of graduate students would be unemployed, this is scary. Unfortunately, our school systems are designed in such a way that they keep producing students who are job seekers rather than job creators, so we decided to do something about it.

On the choice of secondary school students, Oloyo said, “This is when they begin to choose their career path.”

“This is basically because students in Nigeria choose their career paths while in secondary schools and pursue this path upon admission into the university. Hence it is imperative that they are the target.

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