His Excellency, Wendell V.C De Landro, the High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago in Nigeria, yesterday applauded the leadership of the Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa for championing the cause of job creation and youth empowerment in Nigeria.
According to him, Nigeria is blessed with abundant natural resources but unfortunately lacks the infrastructure required to harness them for the development of the country. He condemned the losses incurred by farmers in the country as a result of food items that get wasted annually, simply because there are few or no cottage industries to process them into finished products or store to last, all year round.
The High Commissioner commended the Center for supporting young entrepreneurs, especially those in the agricultural sector and advised that entrepreneurs who have technologies for processing and storing perishable food items should be given preference in future Ugwumba Enterprise Challenge events.
Earlier in his speech, the President of the Center, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu informed the High Commissioner of the impact the center is making in Nigeria. According to him, “through our enterprise development programs, we have created jobs for over 5,000 youths and women and have therefore contributed in reducing the rate of unemployment in the country. He thereafter called for an opportunity to partner with the embassy, to enable the center expand the scope of its impacts to more youths and women across the African continent.”
Addressing the High Commissioner and his team earlier, the Executive Director of the Center, Remy Chukwunyere announced that the Center implements programs in three major focal areas, namely: leadership development, enterprise development and community development in fulfilment of its mandate of raising a new generation of young leaders and entrepreneurs for Africa.
Hear him, “our center implements a number of signature projects, such as: Ugwumba Enterprise Challenge; Rebrand Nigeria Campaign; The Leadership Show; Ugwumba Women Academy; Ugwumba Rural Healthcare Program; etc which are gradually becoming household names across the globe as well as helping to change the narratives about Nigeria and our people.”
The strategic partnership meeting with the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago ended with these words of advice from the High Commissioner to Nigerian youths: “Never put your hat where your hand can not reach. Opportunities are open only to those who are prepared.”
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!