By Idris Bakare
The founder of St. Joavic Foundation, Mrs. Folake Esan has called on government to partner with the entrepreneurs in the country in order to create jobs.
Speaking at the World creative conference and Award 2018, the founder of St. Joavic Foundation, said that youths need to be creative and innovative.
She said, the partnership with the federal government will be necessary to achieve the centre’s objective of delivering quality leadership training programme to the country’s Small and Medium Enterprises’ (SMEs) operators.
This, she added, would enable the SMEs to contribute meaningfully to economic expansion of the country.
Esan said, “We have brought together organisations and small businesses to discuss the concept of entrepreneur.
Nowadays, because of lack of creativity, entrepreneurs need to think faster, a leader needs to think like an entrepreneur.”
According to her, St. Joavic foundation has been in Nigeria for over 11 years, engaging in corporate training, upscaling entrepreneurship and leadership for widows, orphans and the vulnerable in the society.
She said, “We have worked in developing skills they need to run their business effectively. I’m proud to say that we have touched more than 10,000 widows in the last 10 years. At the middle level, we have touched the SMEs in terms of advocacy and mentoring.
“St. Joavic Foundation has done quite a lot in terms of re-engineering the mindset widows through skill acquisition to upscale, to build sustainable business.”
She concurred that government was making concerted efforts to lift the foundation but that there were still a few challenges.
“Government needs to compliment our effort, by granting us funds, equipment to support the widows after training because if you can pass through training as a widow, government should be able to provide equipment of which you can work with also fund to finance your business”.
Also speaking at the event, the convener of world creative conference, Mr. Kola King said that it is important that government and other stakeholders listen to entrepreneurs’ concerns as they seek to grow and contribute to the economy.
“We also started small and understand the challenges entrepreneurs of small face in such times. Small and medium enterprises have significantly contributed to the economic growth of many countries such as developed, developing or least developed countries (LDC),.” he said