There is high level of unemployment in Nigeria.

Schools need to infuse entrepreneurial studies in their curriculum to stimulate the interest of youths in business skills, a Professor believes.

Professor Martins Anetekhai, at a free personal empowerment training for youths organised by Hope Builders Skills Development and Acquisition Foundation, an NGO stressed the need for Nigerians to have entrepreneurial skills early in life.

"We must catch them young, stimulate their interest, give them knowledge, incubate them and allow them to fly.

"We must also interact with them and let them know the future is theirs,” the don said.

Anetekhai, Director, Entrepreneurial Studies, Lagos State University (LASU), said that youth empowerment was the solution to the nation's economic recovery.

"In LASU now, no matter your course of study, you must also take up entrepreneurial course as this is planning the student for the big future,” Anetekhai said.

He commended the NGO for stimulating young people’s interest in learning a trade and urged the beneficiaries to make the best of the opportunity.

The NGO Coordinator, Mrs Folayemisi Adu, said she organised the programme to save youths from wasting their lives looking for jobs after school.

"In order to reduce prostitution, cultism, drug abuse among the jobless youths, I decided to train some of these youths who are idle to become empowered so that they don’t misbehave.

"We give vocational training to mostly women because many parents still do not want to educate their female children.

"HBF places the youths at training centres and we pay the trainers for their services," she said.


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