As we all know, no country can prosper without Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as they are the lifeblood of the country’s economy, as they support the use of local raw materials, create jobs and require little or no formal education for their daily operations.
The Citizenship and Leadership Training Center, an agency of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Sports (FMYSD), announced its initiative to train 30,000 young people in leadership skills for MSMEs, in line with global trends in constant evolution.
The announcement was made by Acting Managing Director Oluremi Sola-Philips who, speaking to the press from his office on Thursday, July 1, 2021, said the agency was responding to its desire to train as many young Nigerians as possible, to strong leadership skills. which will have a direct impact on business growth, inclusion of young people in governance and personal development.
With reference to a financial expert, Ugochukwu Chris-Aladun, it is said that 80 percent of MSMEs in Nigeria fail in the first five years of their existence due to lack of prior skills and other flawed business practices. Hence the need to equip our young people with leadership skills to help them thrive in their businesses and in the world at large.
Over the past decade, young people have amplified their demand for inclusion in governance and social development. The CLTC, under the administration of the current Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, is implementing sweeping plans to train young people in a very important area that is constantly neglected.
The training with Linus Okorie and Ozoemena Chukwu as guest speakers will address the development of personal character while also addressing a number of individual mindsets that cause business growth to decline. It will also prepare young people for leadership positions in government and civil society.
This initiative can be seen as timely as the world came together a few weeks ago to celebrate the designated United Nations day for MSMEs on June 20, 2021 and we have seen an increase in the number of young Nigerians aspiring for positions in the world. government.
The Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare also reiterated his desire to ensure that the Academy of Citizenship and Leadership prepares our youngster to take over. He declared that “They say that the young people are the leaders of tomorrow, I have said it several times since I became minister, that yes, the young people are the leaders of tomorrow, but now, in this political construction, young people are now leaders starting today. And unless you start to be leaders now, in your communities, professional groups and workplaces, you cannot one day wake up as a leader, you have to learn the ropes ”.
The training would take place virtually on July 8, 2021.