An entrepreneur, Mr Chukwuma Okenwa, has urged government at all levels to use Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model to create sustainable employments for the youth in the country.
Okenwa, who is the Chairman of CEO Media Ltd, gave the advice during the 4th edition of the Annual Employability and Entrepreneurship Summit (EES), in Enugu on Thursday.
The theme of the summit is: “Charged Up for Success, Learn, Network and Connect’’.
Okenwa, who is also the convener of the summit, noted that the various levels of government needed to partner with private investors and entrepreneurs on ways of expanding the capacity of job creation in the country.
“World over, leaders consult and partner with major captains of industries and entrepreneurs to create not just immediate jobs, but sustainable jobs.
“There is a need for government to take advantage of captains of industries, who have the financial resources to get involved in job creation; since the unemployed youths is on the increase.’’
He also lauded the Federal Government for encouraging new innovative business ideas for the youth, adding that it should extend its reach beyond financial-tech and business to areas like agriculture and mining.
“Agriculture is one area that is yet to be seriously exploited for job creation in the country.
“We have a young population that have the strength and knowledge, if enlightened and introduced to modern agriculture, to do great exploits and create more job spaces for others through agro-businesses,’’ he said.
Okenwa said the summit was meant to fire-up young people by teaching them how to think as an entrepreneur as well as imbibe positive attitude of integrity and hard work in them.
“The summit also exposes and connects them to successful entrepreneurs for mentorship as well as how to get easy funds from institutions to start-up small businesses and prudent way of managing funds,” he said.
Mr Alex Uzor, an Enugu-based Website Designer, noted that young people should develop their business intelligence by exploiting other means of expanding their businesses to make more money.
“This means that you must learn more about your business or trade, attend seminars on your field of business or trade, browse the internet to know opportunities opening up in your field, and network with others.’’
Also, Mr Ekene Ozodinma, an agro-allied entrepreneur, urged youths to take advantage of agriculture to create a niche for themselves in the society.
Ozodinma said that he had the capacity to link any youth wishing to go into agriculture to arable land and off-takers that would buy their farm produce at the end of the day.
Mr Uche Ugwu, Public Relations Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, said that the company would continue to partner with EES to ensure the growth and development of youths in the country.