The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has pledged that the Commission will support the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) in developing the country’s youths.
Danbatta made the pledge when the Executive of NACCIMA, Abuja Chapter, paid him a courtesy visit at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The Executive Vice-Chairman, who was represented by the Director, Consumer Affairs Department, NCC, Mrs. Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, said the youths are the greatest resource the country has and need to channel their productive energy into profitable ventures.
Danbatta explained that if their energies and intelligence are harnessed and trained, it can be to their advantage and the nation at large.
“We have shared our views with them and showed them the areas they can work more, if they want the support of the Commission.
“Youth empowerment is not a new thing to the Commission, it is something we have done in diverse ways, within and at international level.
“It is something the management of the Commission will want to work on and partner with. We are waiting for them to get back to us as we have discussed. Definitely, we are ready to work with them,” he promised.
The Co-ordinator of the Abuja Chapter of NACCIMA, Youth Entrepreneurs, Ehi Odemwingie, while stating their purpose of visit, said: “We are here for NCC to support the youth, having identified that the youths, not oil is the greatest Nigerian resource.
“We intend to develop capacity to make them more inclusive and productive members of the society against a destructive force.
“The challenges are quite a lot, we have dearth of data, we don’t have accurate data for young people who are in business; there is lack of skilled work force, lack of semi-skilled work force; there is no white collar job.
“So, young people have to be innovative, venture into entrepreneurship instead of waiting for white collar jobs.”
She, therefore, stated their expectations of the partnership with the Commission:
“We have programmes that correlate with the objectives and mandate of NCC. And we have already identified areas of collaboration.
“NCC intends to collaborate with us on developing a Youth Entrepreneur Directory that is supposed to provide information on Young People in Business in Nigeria and various industries they are in,” Odemwingie added.
Amaka E. Nliam