Youths and women have been urged to explore entrepreneurship using technologies as means of financial self-reliance, job creation, and poverty alleviation.
The called was made by the acting Director-General of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Dr Yemisi Asagbra, during a Federal Government-sponsored training an empowerment course tagged, ‘Techno-Entrepreneurship Training for Youths and Women Empowerment.’
Dr Asagbra said the package of the free training includes the fish smoking process and technologies and empowerment.
She said because not everyone could work in structured offices, the best alternative to national development is entrepreneurship.
She urged them not to be lackadaisical about the training, but to make use of it judiciously.
“It is a special intervention to create jobs for the youth and women. It is a rare opportunity. Make the best use of this opportunity,” she said.
Dr Dele Oyeku, Director, Extension and Linkage Services, said smoking training was carefully settled because of the abundance of fish (catfish) in the southwest.
One of the key issues in entrepreneurship is having access to raw materials, and fish smoking was preferred in the FIIRO/FG scheme because catfish is readily available in the southwest.
He added that youth restiveness is a result of employment, and unemployment is a result of lack of entrepreneurship, hence the need for the training and the empowerment.
He disclosed that about N100,000 would be given as a starter pack to each of the 20 participants of the training.
Asagbra, the director-general said COVID-19 had compounded joblessness, shrinking of means of livelihoods, and hence, the need to create different streams of income at household levels.
“The world is waiting for your products. Don’t waste this opportunity. Everything in the training should be taken seriously. Let your products be excellent. Be patient with the trainers to pick the nifty gritty of the business,” Asagbara said.
Director of Human Resources Department, Dr (Mrs.) Toyin Akinfire, asked the training beneficiaries to take good care of their workers to have good products if they eventually become entrepreneurs.
She emphasized that human resources make or mar small-scale businesses especially, and factors such as untimely payment of wages or salaries, unfriendly attitudes of business owners and disregard for the opinions and ideas of workers do affect success and survival of small-scale businesses.
She urged them to: “Seek their welfare; pay your staff before you pay yourself, and your workers will make your business flourish if you can take good care of them.”
Adelabu Bokola, a training participant from Ekiti State, explained to The Guardian that she was hopeful of setting up a fish processing and packaging centre up after the training with the objectives of self-empowerment and job creation for other Nigerians.