Director, Entrepreneurial Studies, Lagos State University (LASU). Martins Anetekhai, has called for the introduction of entrepreneurial studies in schools to stimulate the interest of youths in business skills.
Anetekhai made the call at a free personal empowerment training for youths organised by Hope Builders Skills Development and Acquisition Foundation, an NGO in Lagos.
“We must catch them young, stimulate their interest, give them knowledge, incubate them and allow them to fly.
“We must also interact with them and let them know the future is theirs,” the don said.
Anetekhai, who said that youth empowerment was the solution to the nation’s economic recovery noted that : “In LASU now, no matter your course of study, you must also take up entrepreneurial course as this is planning the student for the big future.
He commended the NGO for stimulating young people’s interest in learning a trade and urged the beneficiaries to make the best of the opportunity.
The NGO Coordinator, Folayemisi Adu, said she organised the programme to save youths from wasting their lives looking for jobs after leaving school.
“In order to reduce prostitution, cultism, drug abuse among the jobless youths, I decided to train some of these youths who are idle to become empowered so that they don’t misbehave.
“We give vocational training to mostly women because many parents still do not want to educate their female children.
“HBF places the youths at training centres and we pay the trainers for their services,” she said.