The Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Dr. Demola Sogunle, has affirmed that technology and agriculture are critical sectors with the capability of producing the next set of millionaires in Nigeria due to the vibrancy and profitability of the two industries.
He stated this at the third annual Youth Leadership Series (YLS) organised by Stanbic IBTC Bank at Yaba College of Technology, (YABATECH), Lagos. Speaking further at the YLS that has as its theme: “Techricuture – The Evolution”, described the Stanbic IBTC YLS as a platform of engagement for the youth where business knowledge and experiences are shared.
He said that the core objective of YLS was to educate the youth on how to explore their innate potentials to become better business leaders and urged them to take advantage of the enablement of technology to harness the vast opportunities yet untapped in the agricultural sector in the country. According to Sogunle, “The Stanbic IBTC Youth Leadership Series is deliberately fashioned after our annual business leadership series which is a platform created to engage and empower emerging business owners to become leaders in their various fields,” he said.
In the same vein, Sunday Dare, Minister of Youths and Sports Development, encouraged the youths to brace up and contribute positively to the development of the country.
He assured them that the government would continue to invest in the youths and set them on the path of success. During the panel session, Seyi and SeunAbolaji, Co-Owners of the Wilson’s Juice Company gave insights on how they started their lemonade business with little capital and how it has grown over the years.
They urged the participants to have a clear vision of their pursuits in life and urged them to never be discouraged with their humble beginning. Other panellists were Samson Ogbole, Chief Executive Officer and Lead Trainer, Farm lab and Miss Yewande Kazeem, Founder, Wandieville Media. Samson Ogbole advised the young entrepreneurs to identify salient issues and design solutions to solve them.
“To solve issues in any business, you must first get into that space and observe. Then you can identify the issues and design solutions to solve them through technology,” he said. Yewande Kazeem, who inspired the youths with her success story said, “The key thing is consistency. People will start appreciating you with time. Invest in yourself.”
Dele Sotubo, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Plc, advised the participants to imbibe the values and knowledge gained from the conference, saying that the organisation remains keen on supporting youth-centric initiatives such as the YLS, given the importance of their demography to entrepreneurship drive, economic growth and national development.