No fewer than 50 unemployed university graduates in Bayelsa State have commenced training in entrepreneurship under the ‘Start Your Own Business’ training scheme, organized by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
According to the NDE, the week-long training programme will enable the participants avail themselves of different topics, such as motivation for entrepreneurs, generating business ideas, marketing their products as well as costing their products.
Other business topics that the participants will be exposed to include legal responsibilities of business, forms of business, business failure, financial planning and record keeping, how to manage finance, personal functions, project evaluation, project risk analysis, customer relations and feasibility study report writing.
In his speech at the opening ceremony in Yenagoa, the Director General of the NDE, Mallam Nuhu Abubakar Fikpo, advised unemployed graduates to embrace entrepreneurship and forget about elusive white collar jobs.
He noted that comparative studies have shown that with the increased population and more universities being licensed to produce more graduates, white collar jobs openings are declining steadily.
Represented by the State Coordinator of NDE in Bayelsa, Ahamefule Osuchukwu, Fikpo said all the multinational companies that job seekers are itching to work for started as an idea and are today being transformed into large enterprises and business colossus.
The NDE helmsman, who admonished the participants to dream big and carry out proper business research into how to transform their dreams into reality, also said if certificates acquired are not getting them employment, they should resort to vocation and entrepreneurship.
“In the real world of today, graduates of tertiary institutions are seen in every sphere of life even as low as in taxi cab driving. Society is only looking at that legitimate thing that you are doing that is putting food on your table, make a success of it and you will be celebrated”, he said.