The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has called on African leaders to raise exceptional business leaders in youths by devoting sufficient funds to birth more innovation in the society.
Bello made the call at the weekend in Lagos while receiving the Hive Africa Inclusion Award 2021 for his unwavering support towards women development in Africa.
However, Abdulkareem Suleiman, the Special Adviser on Special Projects to the governor who represented the Governor disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
Bello stated that entrepreneurship gives young people the chance to excel and succeed as business owners and managers.
He recognized the role of entrepreneurship in building global economies for sustainable development and disclosed his administration’s efforts in strengthening entrepreneurship among women and youth of Kogi state, saying it was aggressively focusing on the improvement of modern technological knowledge.
The governor stressed that his administration had done a lot in upgrading the core business education available to Kogi citizens especially the youth.
“We have revamped facilities for business education in our tertiary institutions. We are aggressively focusing on the advancement of modern technological knowledge with a vocational application, including business.
“In December last year, we founded the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara.
“CUSTECH, which is a world-class STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) complex has since commenced academic activities.
“The business curriculum there is designed to train students for enhanced success as entrepreneurs.
“At Obajana, Kogi State, we are taking advantage of the Dangote Foundation/VDMA Centre for Vocational Studies where some of the best training and internship opportunities in engineering, technology and business in the country exist.
“At Lokoja the state capital, precisely within the premises of the Kogi State Polytechnic, the Kogi State and South Korean Governments are collaborating on the Nigeria-Korea Friendship Institute of Vocational and Advanced Technology (NKFI).
“The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) which oversees NKFI on behalf of the partnership is renowned for cutting-edge interventions as a development partner,” Bello said.
Bello noted further that the graduates of the programmes would be equipped with ample knowledge and innovations to raise the nucleus of a technologically advanced Kogi and Nigeria generally.