Youths Advised to Embrace Nigeria’s Potential and Avoid ‘JAPA’ Mentality, says Soludo’s Assistant


The Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo on security, Ben Chiobi has advised Nigerian youths to resist the ‘japa syndrome’ and explore abounding opportunities in the country

He said opportunities to make money in Nigeria, particularly in the southeast abound more than in Western countries.

Chiobi spoke in Awka, the state capital at the 2023 edition of The Pivot Conference, themed: “From Challenges to Opportunities: Unveiling the Potentials in South-East Nigeria through Social Innovation.”He advised the youth to avail themselves of opportunities for mentoring, arguing that the only way to succeed in the ICT generation was to be disruptive and not be a copycat.

One of the resource persons and Chief Executive Officer, Selecom LTD, Precious Obimdi regretted that the Nigerian system was designed to frustrate younger entrepreneurs from thriving in their businesses.He identified partnerships with governments, agencies, and bigger establishments as ways of staying afloat and making impacts on human lives.

“Although doing business in Southeast is challenging due to insecurity and other vices, but one can explore and discover what is not working, and turn same into a thriving global venture,” he added.

Banking expert, Tochukwu Nwokediuko, said over 65 percent of businesses scarcely survive the first three years in Nigeria due to a lack of access to funding and credit facilities, planning, and poor financial literacy among business owners.

He underscored the powers of partnership and collaboration, noting that the ability to appreciate and factor in the elements would define future successful businesses.

Also speaking, Technology expert and Managing Director, of Anambra State ICT Agency, Fred Agbata said many opportunities abound in the ICT sector, but insisted that without innovative spirit, teamwork, and partnership, success in business would be difficult.

Speaking on “Fostering Youth-led Impact Entrepreneurship As A Catalyst For Growth,” Regional Coordinator, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Engr. Mrs. Chito Onuzulike said SMEs were a crucial component of the economy.

She identified mindset, action, and process as three ingredients of entrepreneurship critical to doing business in the country.

Earlier, Pivot Executive Director, Barr Ifedi Eze decried the past half-decade has been bedeviled with socioeconomic problems with a negative impact on the economic indices of the Eastern region


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