The Edo State government’s job creation arm, EdoJobs, has collaborated with Edo Development Organisation (EDO) to mentor youth in the state, with a charge to be open to ideas and knowledge to enable them to excel in their chosen enterprise.
The one-day session which was held at Edo Innovation Hub in Benin City, was tagged Inspire Edo 2018.
Inspire Edo 2018, according to the Senior Special Assistant to the Edo State Governor on Skills Development and Job Creation, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, EoJobs, is a career development event that offers rare insights into the path of some of Edo State’s Great outliers.
Training assistant to EdoJobs, Mr Olaniye Omole, explained that “the aim of the programme is to show Edo youth that there is a pathway to success and for them to appreciate the value of working with mentors as they strive to actualise their dream of becoming entrepreneurs.
He added: “Aside registration and job creation, EdoJobs is linking youth who are Edo indigenes to mentors who are also successful Edo indigenes based in and outside the state.
“We want to profile the youth who will participate in the programme and link them to persons who can mentor them to improve their business ideas.”
The head of Edo Development Organisation, Mr Osaretin Guobadia, said “Inspire Edo” is a platform where successful Edo indigenes in the diaspora and within Nigeria can inspire Edo youth who are interested in entrepreneurship so that they can start adding value to the state.
“Inspire Edo is our pilot programme, we want our upcoming entrepreneurs to have a glimpse of what other Edo indigenes are doing or have done to gain knowledge and experience from them.
“We want the professionals to inspire Edo youth to reach their goals; we want to create a bridge between where they are now and where they want to be.”
He noted that getting finance to execute a business idea is not as challenging as getting a sellable business plan that can be financed
One of the panelists at the event urged Edo youth to always seek knowledge and spend less time on social media unless they are using the platform for business or acquiring knowledge.
“Edo youth are intelligent people because we find them doing well and holding top positions across the world.
“We want them to believe in themselves, set goals for themselves and also improve themselves so that they can face the challenges in the business world”, she said.