No fewer than 2,000 unemployed persons are to be empowered with skills and start-up capital by Ekiti State government at its maiden entrepreneurship week starting Thursday this week.
The state Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chief David Olusoga, who led others, including Commissioner for Information, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, as well as the Managing Director of Ekiti Fountain Holdings Limited, Oscar Seyi-Ayeleso, disclosed this at a news conference in Ado-Ekiti yesterday.
He said that the move aimed at reducing the growing rate of unemployment in the state.
Olusoga said Governor Kayode Fayemi was deeply worried that many young men and women with the sound educational background are roaming the streets of Ekiti without anything to do.
He said it was the thinking of the governor that since the government could not singularly provide all the jobs, other areas of human capital development must be harnessed to bridge the gap.
According to him, 2,000 of the 5,000 participants expected would be trained in various skills capable of making them stand on their feet after which they would be empowered to enable them to function without hitches.
He said the Ekiti State entrepreneurship programme was patterned after the Annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which is a yearly international programme that had consistently introduced entrepreneurship to young people across the globe, adding that started in 2008, the GEW had since then attracted participants from about 170 countries of the world.
“The Ekiti State version of the GEW is, therefore, a strategy to upscale the development of the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youths of Ekiti State.
“The aim is to inspire our youths and unleash their latent entrepreneurial skills for their benefits and the greater people of Ekiti State.
“Our goals are to motivate the youths into a pool of individuals who will conceive the business idea that creates employment opportunities.
In other words, rather than being job seekers, our youths will be galvanised to becoming employers of labour,” he said.