The Kaduna State Government has reiterated its support for 25 entrepreneurs, resident in Kaduna, who participated in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.
A statement on Tuesday stated that the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, expressed excitement over the interest of some of the entrepreneurs in agriculture when the Tony Elumelu Foundation and 25 Kaduna-based entrepreneurs were hosted by the governor at the weekend.
He said, “I like what Tony Elumelu is doing with this entrepreneurship programme and I am especially encouraged to see that eight out of the 25 Kaduna Tony Elumelu entrepreneurs are into agriculture. I want to see more of our young people doing the same.”
The Special Assistant to Governor el-Rufai on Job Creation, Hafiz Bayero, also disclosed the state’s plans to empower entrepreneurs, saying that the 12-week online training programme of TEEP would be replicated in Kaduna.
In addition, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdulaziz Yari and Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, also joined the session with the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs and expressed alignment with this initiative.
During the event, Tony Elumelu Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer, Abimbola Adebakin, presented data from the Foundation’s research and policy arm, the Africapitalism Institute, revealing statistics about stumbling blocks that entrepreneurs face, based on interviews with 25 Kaduna entrepreneurs from TEEP.
The Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Parminder Vir, said, “Almost 500 of the 1,000 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs we selected for TEEP 2015 are Nigerians, and we are proud of the fact that this nation is bursting with entrepreneurial talent. What we are doing with TEEP is to empower start-ups with training, mentorship and access to finance. This event with Governor el-Rufai signifies the growing awareness that entrepreneurship is catalytic to job creation and economic prosperity.”
In his response, the Founder of the foundation, Tony Elumelu, commended the governor for keeping his pledge to support the entrepreneurs.
He said, “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of any society and I believe that the private sector’s push for development is enhanced when government creates the enabling environment. Governor el-Rufai absolutely understands that shaping policies to encourage entrepreneurs is necessary to bring development to the society.
“I applaud his support of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme and his commitment to replicating this further for the benefit of entrepreneurs in Kaduna.”
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