By Francis Akinnodi
An Economist, Dr. Timothy Awe has charged young entrepreneurs in Nigeria to develop their creative ideas and grow the nation economy.
Awe gave the charge yesterday when speaking with The Hope, on the theme: ”Edu-Social for Entrepreneurs in Nigeria Towards Social Economic Empowerment”.
The former head of department, Economics, Ekiti State University said that entrepreneurs should fashion their businesses on how they should be done in the 21st century.
”Therefore, I charge all stakeholders to remain committed and be encouraged to drive the economy of Nigeria, as you all create wealth and change the narratives of how businesses should be done in the 21st century, using Information Technology to drive business in line with world best practices.”
He appealed governments at all levels to re-shape the orientation of doing business by encouraging young people to become social entrepreneurs.
“Government policy should encourage creating a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.”
He said government should widening access to market and encouraging networking and collaboration among entrepreneurs, in line with 21st Century Economy.
He said entrepreneurs should be supported to improve their businesses in lined with the Federal Government’s policy on diversification of the economy from the focus on oil to non-oil export.
He encouraged young people to become social business entrepreneurs and contribute to the world, rather than just making money.
Awe said that the economy, being the start and end of everything, required main elements of adding more workers to the workforce, pushing productivity higher, hence, producing more goods and services to achieve growth.
He appealed to the Minister of Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, to further support entrepreneurs in Nigeria with fit-for-purpose facilities.b