The Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), an arm of the Pan Atlantic University, has been commended for leading the way in entrepreneurial development in Nigeria and Africa.
Olusegun Aganga, minister of industry, trade and investment, gave this commendation recently at the formal inauguration of the EDC’s purpose-built learning complex located behind the Lagos Business School in Ajah, Lagos.
The minister, who was the guest of honour at the event, says by focusing on developing the capacity of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), the EDC is helping to build the foundations for sustainable economic development for Nigeria. He commends the institution’s tradition of excellence and service which he says earned it recognition and confidence among international institutions and development agencies.
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The minister acknowledges that the EDC’s giant strides over the past 12 years could not have been possible without the generous support by its longstanding partners, especially Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited and Diamond Bank plc. He notes that both organisations have always stood out for their impactful contributions to entrepreneurship development and that it was not surprising that they were among the sponsors of the new EDC building.
In a goodwill message at the event, Adeola Adetunji, managing director of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, commends the faculty and staff of the EDC for the remarkable achievements of the institution in its 12-year history.
“The MSME sector holds a special significance for us at Coca-Cola; it is the pivot of our business – a vast majority of our suppliers, distributors and retailers belong to this sector,” according to Adetunji, saying “our longstanding partnership with the EDC is one of the many ways in which Coca-Cola is helping to promote entrepreneurship development in the country, and we remain committed to this partnership and to promoting sustainable development in Nigeria.”