(President, IMIME, Dr Salahudeen, Dr Engr Bida during the event in Kaduna on Saturday 20/04/2019)
The newly registered Institute of Master Industrial Mgt Entrepreneurship headquartered in Oyo, Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria, now in North Central, North East and North West Nigeria, with mandate to equip operators of micro, small and medium enterprise with required skills.
President, Institute of Master Industrial Management Entrepreneurship (IMIME), Dr. Fatai Salahudeen, said, lack of pre-requisite skills remain the bane of entrepreneurial development in Nigeria, hence the need for the institute to rise to the occasion.
IMIME president stated this in Kaduna on Saturday during the induction of new members and investiture of the President of Audu Bida Development Company, Dr. Engr Umaru Audu Bida as the council member and chairman of IMIME for the North Central, North East and North West geo-political zone of Nigeria.
According to him, with 40 million owners of small and medium entreprises in Nigeria according to the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria should not have been emersed in poverty of employment if those identified were equipped with the right skills in what they do.
According to him, the Institute, which was duly registered with the federal ministry of education, came up to assist the students and professionals to advance their careers in entrepreneurship, to develop experts in entrepreneurship and to develop entrepreneurship for business organizations in work places.
“What that means is that, we want to develop capacity of people with inpactful skills for the market place so that anyone that is self employed has the capacity to grow his business in line with the need of the society.
“We know that, government, private organizations and the society spend a lot of resources to develop people with one vocational skill or the other.
“In all these efforts, there is no consolidated skill development for the persons behind these small scale enterprises.
“In Nigeria today, there are 40 million small and medium entrepreneurs according to National Bureau of Statistics. If these people have pre-requisite skills to manage their businesses, that means they have already gain employment.
“It’s even better if they add one or two persons to themselves and then, we will be talking about 80 to 120 million self employed which is good for our population.
“Now in the long run, the issue of unemployment would be addressed, the tax net of the government will also increase.
“We know that up north here, we have so many entrepreneurs and that was why we have chosen Kaduna from where we shall spread to other states in the region.”
Highlight of the event was conferment of Grand Life Patron award on President Muhammadu Buhari.
By Sola Ojo