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By: Ade Adeleke
6,000 Young Entrepreneurs are expected in Ondo state for African empowerment programme as part of his administration’s commitment to building young Entrepreneurs and attracting massive investment into the State.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has therefore declared that the state is prepared to host the sixth edition of Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Nigeria (AYEEN) 2019 Convention.
The Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs is a platform with a vision of successfully developing Africa’s budding entrepreneurs through mutual networking, and with established captains of industries.
The A.Y.E brings learning, resources and business acumen, with the aim of developing young entrepreneurs within the age of 18 – 45 with 12.6 million members in 20 African Countries.
Receiving the delegation of the A. Y. E, led by the President, Summy Francis, at the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, Governor Akeredolu said the state will cooperate and host the coming convention of the organisation, billed to hold on Saturday, December 14th, 2019.
Olabode Olatunde, Special Assistant to the Governor (New Media) quotes Akeredolu to have said he is particularly interested in the building of young entrepreneurs and the far reaching effects on the people, especially the young ones.
He said the A. Y. E projects was concerned about giving back to the people and reaching out to the poorest of the poor so as to make them self reliant in the future.
Akeredolu informed that the state had also gathered a number of young entrepreneurs under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programs.
Speaking earlier, the President of A. Y. E, Francis, said the convention, when hosted by the state, will boost the economic activities and also provide opportunity for young Entrepreneurs and students in the state.
While informing that the theme of the convention is “Entrepreneurship intervention for poverty eradication”, Francis said the only way to stop the spread of poverty, especially among young people, was to empower them.
He highlighted some of the program of the organisation, which included the Enter Cycle Fund for Grassroot and SMEs, as a means of helping young SMEs and Entrepreneurs grow their ideas and Business.