By Vincent Ujumadu- Awka
The Nnamdi Azikiwe College Enterprise College has begun analysis to search out out the causes of declining apprenticeship within the industrial city of Onitsha in Anambra State.
The analysis undertaking is being sponsored by Dr. Obiorah Okonkwo, an aspirant for the Anambra State 2021 governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP.
Members of the analysis crew for the undertaking are the director of Unizik Enterprise College, Professor Austin Nonyelu, the deputy director of the varsity, Dr. Chinedu Onyeizugbe Professor Ezinne Nnabuife, Dr. Ebele Onyima and Dr. Rosemary Anazodo.
Okonkwo, who mentioned he was as soon as an admire, questioned why the current technology of youths was not all for serving individuals who normally put together them to have the ability to face the rigor of enterprise.
The analysis undertaking, titled, “Invigorating Igbo entrepreneurial behavior through enhanced apprenticeship scheme: A study of Onitsha market,” would typically take a look at the Igbo entrepreneurial spirit that made them tick previously.
Okonkwo described the Onitsha market because the fulcrum of Igbo improvement, including that it should not be allowed to die.
He mentioned, “The Onitsha Major Market holds a really particular place in my coronary heart, as that was the place I had my first stint in enterprise, though briefly.
“I used to be born in Gombe in December 1965 and was a child in arms when my household, like all Igbo, fled the north on account of the pogrom that in the end led to the civil struggle.
“Following the struggle, my father, like each Igbo male, picked up the items and reestablished himself on the Major Market dealing in drinks or what our folks generally name provisions. Sadly, a number of years later, he took in poor health forcing me to mix my highschool training with managing the enterprise and his apprentices.
“That primary buying and selling expertise, in lots of respects, helped my enterprise instincts and likewise instilled in me a deep sense of trade and exhausting work that has outlined my lifes journey so far.
“Thus, when the UNIZIK Enterprise College in July 2019 honored me with the Philanthropist of the yr award, it was solely pure for me to attempt to give again by endowing a significant analysis undertaking on the way forward for Igbo entrepreneurship, drawing primarily from the position iconic the Onitsha Market has performed within the socio-economic transformation of the Igbo nation, significantly because the civil struggle.
In accordance with him, the analysis undertaking would, amongst different issues, interrogate Igbo entrepreneurship tradition and the apprenticeship system round which it’s traditionally constructed, with a view to reinventing each within the mild of rising realities.
He urged the Onitsha enterprise group to key into the undertaking, noting that doing so would assist to enhance the enterprise local weather within the state.
The Director UNIZIK Enterprise College, Prof. Nonyelu, whereas expressing gratitude to Okonkwo, mentioned constructing sustainable companies that might final past their founders must be a priority to all.
He noticed that the Nigerian financial system has been characterised by multifarious issues which had led to the collapse of many firms and companies that had been performing effectively within the seventies and eighties.