By Peter Uzoho
The Entrepreneurship Academy (TEA) has announced plans to hold the second session of its 2017 Masterclass programme in September.
The academy is a corporate social responsibility initiative of the Calvary Bible Church established in 2012 with operational base in the churchâ€™s headquarters in Lagos, aimed at raising new breed of entrepreneurs with requisite skills that would become job creators and solution providers who would help solve the unemployment and poverty challenge in Nigeria.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos recently, Founder, The Entrepreneurship Academy and Presiding Pastor of Calvary Bible Church, Lagos, Pastor Olumide Emmanuel, said the two weeks intensive programme would run from September 4 to 15, 2017, at the churchâ€™s building in Lagos. He said a free online application portal has been opened for all intending applicants to register and come for the programme with a N12, 500 tuition fee.
Emmanuel explained that the essence of the programme was to ensure that through the academy, participants would have the relevant knowledge, resources and technical know-how required to start and sustain a thriving business in Nigeria, revealing that, on completion of the programme, applicants stand the chance to benefit from the N1 million grant and N5 Million Micro-finance interest free loan made available for them.
He disclosed that since the commencement of the academy in 2012, over 250 people had been graduated while over 20 had benefitted from the grants and start-up capital, saying all of that was to help develop Nigeria and Lagos State in particular. He said the programme was open to all Nigerians who are 16 years and above and can read and write, irrespective of religion or tribe.
Lamenting the pitiable economic situation in the country, Emmanuel said: â€œWhen we look at our country today, over 70 per cent of Nigerians are poor and a huge majority of them are unemployed and under-employed. In the last 15 months, millions of people have lost their jobs. That tells you how terrible things are in the country,â€ he noted. The clergy however, â€œbelieved that entrepreneurship is the solution to many of the challenges being faced in the country.â€