The Ondo state government has declared its preparedness to host the sixth convention of Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs, AYE, to encourage young people into entrepreneurship and attract private sector investments into the state.
The state’s Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who made this known to Journalists in Akure, reiterated the commitment of the state to collaborate with the organization to host the entrepreneurial convention billed to hold on Saturday, December 14th, 2019.
Governor Akeredolu also highlighted the efforts of his administration at exploring the entrepreneurial potentials of youths in the state through programmes like agropreneurs and the establishment of Tech-Hub, which is an ICT based initiative.
He commended AYE projects for concentrating on giving back to the people and reaching out to the poor to make them self reliant in the future.
Governor Akeredolu added that the state had also gathered a number of young entrepreneurs under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programs.
The President of AYE, Mr Summy Smart Francis explained that the platform was established to make entrepreneurs attain high level of success in business development through mentorship and mutual networking by captains of the industry.
“The ultimate desire of AYE is to make African young population economically productive for the viability of the entire African continent . AYE is developing young entrepreneurs within the age of 18 – 45 with 12.6 million members in 20 African Countries and it pursues itsprogrammes through knowledge transfer and making available business resources to young persons who have creative business acumen,” he stated.
Theme of AYE convention:
The convention which has its theme as: “Enterpreneurship Interventionfor Poverty Eradication” would acquaint participants with the methodologies by which young entrepreneurs and students of tertiary institutions can access zero interest loans without collateral under the organization’s Enter Cycle Fund for Grassroot, to develop business ideas as well as small and medium scale enterprises of young people.