The director general, National Institute For Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Mrs Chika Balogun, has said that entrepreneurs can grow Nigeria’s economy, saying the federal government alone cannot employ more than three or four million youths.
Balogun stated this in Abuja yesterday while commissioning smart jobs project aimed at making Nigerian youths self-reliant.
The project is supported by Consolidated Alliance, NIHOTOUR and Viko Nigeria.
According to her, the launch of the project was a one-stop shop, hence the opportunity for youths to become agents of the hospitality family, working for themselves.
“It is only entrepreneurs that will truly drive the economy therefore, it will be shame if we all don’t work together to ensure that our youths, not only proud of themselves but very gainfully employed.
“I’m not talking about government employment. Government cannot employ more than three or four million of us across all states and federal government. It cannot do it best to the maximum of the capacity it can take but the reality is that the rest of us to drive the economy will be private sector and that is where real wealth is created. All the big names like Dangote do not work for government so we want to encourage these youths to be self-reliant,” Balogun added.
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