The former Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has urged parents to encourage their children to acquire entrepreneurial skills to be self-reliant.
Nebo made the call in Enugu on Friday at an entrepreneurial conference organised by Enugu State Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Centre.
The conference had the theme, “The best way to give is to empower.”
He pointed out that acquisition of necessary skills would empower young people and make them less dependent on parents and government.
Nebo also advised government workers to acquire skills in preparation for retirement as no amount of money earned in service would take care of one in retirement.
He said people should challenge themselves and learn something they could do with their hands and quit depending on family and friends.“Empowerment is a functional activity with one principal aim to discover oneself and also the willingness to learn and teachable at all times.
“Parents and guardians should encourage their children to struggle, suffer and learn new things to help themselves with or without the government,” Nebo said.
He urged the participants to learn a vocational skill and utilise any empowerment opportunity.
The former minister commended Gov. IfeanyiUgwuanyi for the free seminar aimed at empowering the youth.
The Country Director, Harvest Plus, a USA-based agro processing and nutritional organisation, Dr Paul Ilona, said 2,300 under five-year- old children and 145 women of child bearing age in Nigeria died of malnutrition due to the lack of women empowerment.
Ilona said it did not take a dime to be empowered but knowledge, willingness and determination.According to him, knowledge is power and the key for every successful business.
The Coordinator of the SME Centre, Mr. Anayo Agu, said the conference was aimed at building capacities of youth on enterprises in line with the state governor’s four-point agenda on job creation.