At the 10th edition of the LCCI Entrepreneurship Mentoring Programme (EMP) graduation ceremony, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) inspired 117 graduating entrepreneurs to leverage their technical expertise and resilience for community building and sustainable development in Nigeria.
Dr. Michael Olawale-Cole, President of LCCI, emphasised this charge, stating, “Your technical knowledge and resilience will be crucial in building robust communities and contributing significantly to Nigeria’s sustainable development.”
The EMP, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative launched in 2013, focuses on empowering micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through workshops, exhibitions, business tours, and mentorship.
Highlighting the program’s impact, Olawale-Cole remarked, “We’ve graduated around 600 mentees who are excelling across diverse sectors, making substantial contributions to the nation’s economy.”
Despite prevalent economic challenges such as tough financing conditions, inflation, and a weakened currency, Olawale-Cole highlighted myriad opportunities available for businesses and individuals.
Addressing the graduates, he expressed heartfelt congratulations and encouraged them to view their newfound skills as a means to be role models for aspiring entrepreneurs, urging them to embrace challenges with strength and courage.
“As you progress to the next phase of your journey, remember that the knowledge and skills acquired at LCCI are invaluable assets applicable across all facets of life. Use them to make a lasting, positive impact on those around you,” he added.
Mrs. Mojisola Bakare, Vice President of LCCI, urged the graduates to seize opportunities offered by the LCCI platform to make substantial contributions to Nigeria’s economic landscape through MSMEs.
Encouraging them to continuously innovate and seek knowledge, Bakare emphasised the role of social media in enhancing business growth and encouraged support for fellow businesses and individuals.
Representing Providus Bank’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Deoye Ojuroye reiterated the bank’s commitment to supporting MSMEs with tailored products for their growth at every stage.
Ojuroye urged MSMEs to embrace innovation in operations for sustainable business growth, encouraging the graduates to leverage their knowledge gained for excellence in their entrepreneurial pursuits.