This marriage between the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy and the Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies(COCES) is born out of the Governor’s drive to equip youths for productive living and put them off the streets as satisfied people, crime free people, and employers of Labour.
The Honourable Commissioner, Hon. Bonaventure Enemali extolled the founder of the entrepreneurial centre for the visionary provision of the facility.
He went on to state;
“My ministry has the mandate His Excellency, Chief Willie M. Obiano to make Anambra Youths economically independent”
“We’d leverage on/ take advantage of existing structures such as this and many more across the state to attain our goals.”
“We’d establish Anambra Entrepreneurship Academy. This would benefit young people who have ideas and skills but lack assistance”
“We’d initiate a mentorship scheme to support even professionals to excel.”
“The skills acquisition program is for financially disadvantaged members of the society who are full of ideas.”
“I’d tour all the Skills Acquisition Centres in Anambra state and make them functional and useful”
“We’d do impact investing, not the conventional thing you’re used to.”
“We’d have a solid monitoring team. We’d do in such a way that graduates of these various training exercise will form an alumni body, a firm contact for the said monitoring.”
The director of the centre, professor N. Anyikwa thanked the young Commissioner for his interests in the centre and her activities.
“Honourable Commissioner, your interests are in line with our vision and mission. It’ll be a perfect collaboration.”
“The centre instils entrepreneurial spirit in students”
“Students from this centre will learn to identify problems and become solution providers.”
She likened the Honourable Commissioner’s initiative to an on going World Bank programme – Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO), that leverages on existing structures to empower young people in Africa.
“I assure you honourable Commissioner, that whatever you want in line with the visions and missions of Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, will be supported.”
The commissioner hinted that in addition to establishing the Anambra Entrepreneurship Academy, he’d establish a TechHub – where like-minded ict-gurus will come together to cross-fertilize ideas and provide unique ICT solutions that will advance the course of humanity – More like creating a mini SILICON VALLEY here in Anambra.
He was treated to a tour of various sections of the facility.
Governor is out, and will not back down in his quest to empower young ndi Anambra.