The Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has urged partners to be a part of its N30 billion women and youth entrepreneurship development centre project, which is set to commence in April 2024.
Speaking at the NBCC’s first quarter press conference on Tuesday, Adeola Azeez, member of council at the chamber, said the basic programs offered will be entrepreneurship training, business development workshops, mentorship program and other advanced programs.
“We seek to partner and collaborate with the right people. From this project, we do not doubt that we will identify youth and help with ease of doing business in ensuring the government succeeds in what they do with youth and women as key,” she said.
She added that investing in women and youth is one of the significant ways to stimulate the economy and that the youths are agile, innovative and creative.
According to the chamber, the centre is empowerment, economic growth, gender equality and community development.
“It targets individuals aged 18 and 40, both male and female. We provide residential practical training designed to empower and create self-dependence. Operations are set to commence at our Lekki, Lagos headquarters in April 2024.
“You can support this unique project with cash donations or in-kind donations. You may choose to erect some of the buildings within the centre and have them named after you,” it added.
Ebere Njoku, director-general of NBCC noted that empowering women and youths in areas of business and entrepreneurship, will save lives and get people engaged in something constructive and productive.
Training and skills offered will include hairdressing, dress making, carpentry, driving, welding, auto mechanics, computer repairs, electricians, programming, shoe making, confectionery, arts and craft, basic literacy, hydroponics farming, basket weaving amongst others.
Advanced programmes, which will be offered in the women and youth entrepreneurship development centre include incubation services, access to capital, international collaboration, monitoring and evaluation.