Experts Harps on Entrepreneurial Devt Support Economic Growth

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Management experts have stressed that for Nigeria to boost its dwindling economy its citizens must embrace entrepreneurial skills relevant in the 21st century world.

This, according to them, was necessary considering the abundant opportunities available in the country.

Speaking at a virtual meeting held recently, the President, Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence Innovation and Sustainability (IEEIS), Mrs. Ngozi Ogoke, said the nation must integrate entrepreneurship into its curriculum in order to equip the young generation with necessary skills to face the 21st century.

She said: “Nigerian entrepreneurs need to develop the mindset that will enable them thrive in the midst of adversity.

“They need to learn how to develop entrepreneurial mindset, identify opportunities and set a goal.

“The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) program offered by IEEIS will enable them to achieve that. The institute in collaboration with our American partners is offering entrepreneurs the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed.

“To the young people of Nigeria, your possibilities are endless. As citizens, we cannot sit around and wait for the government to come to the rescue and solve all of the problems around us.

“It is up to us to turn those problems into opportunities for our own growth and well-being.

“Therefore, IEEIS/ELI is encouraging the Nigerian education sector to integrate entrepreneurship into their curriculum which is necessary to equip the young generation with the necessary skills to face the 21st century skills.

“This entrepreneurial mindset program is designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in the process that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills.”

On his part, the President, ELI, Rob Herndon said, “the training is all about assumptions and mental models that enables prospective learners to evaluate and brings ideas to live.

“Covid-l9 has just reminded us that we cannot keep doing what we have always been doing the same way. The world is changing at an unprecedented rate and we all need to learn how to adapt and strive,” he said.

Making his presentation virtually, the Founder and CEO, the Entrepreneur Learning Institute (ELI), Mr. Gary Schoeniger, noted that, “Entrepreneurs learn over time to pay attention to what other humans need and that is the fundamental difference because they do not have the expectation that someone else is going to tell them to be useful. Their minds are always telling them what is needed in the world.”