Nigeria: 'Students Could Start Up Businesses Before Graduation'

Students have been advised to set up their own businesses or get involved in starting up a company before leaving the higher institutions.

This recommendation was given by a TV Producer, Mrs Nancy Illoh-Nnaji at a 'youth leadership and mentoring programme,' organized by Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja and Africa Youth Growth Foundation (AGYF).

She said if students are encouraged to embrace entrepreneurship, they would grow their respective businesses and create decent jobs for themselves and others, adding that 'building a business is not having financial freedom,' but improving the quality of life and standard of living for the people in need.

She said those setting up business ventures must be willing to take calculated risks, cope with setbacks and hire the right persons.

AGYF Executive Director Dr Arome Salifu said the essence of the programme was to bridge the knowledge and capacity gaps between young people and the real world in the context of Nigeria's leadership, governance, business and entrepreneurship with emphasis on "their nexus, opportunities and challenges."

He said youths should set ambitious agenda for themselves, and those entrusted with public trust, resources and power through constructive engagements.

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