Oct 12, 2011- Nigeria Television Authority,NTA organises empowerment Expo
An official of the United States of America (U.S.A) Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Anayo Agu, on Tuesday, called for grassroots development, through efficient local governments, in Nigeria.
Agu, a Senior Commercial Specialist of the embassy, at the opening of the third Empowerment Expo at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, said that grassroots development would be facilitated through economic empowerment, skills acquisition and education.
The Expo was themed “Beyond Borders”, and was organised by the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in collaboration with the Nigerian International Franchise Association (NIFA).
According to Agu, many rural dwellers would be self-reliant if empowered, and many youths would become entrepreneurs.
The General Manager of the NTA Channel 10, Mr. Ola Owolabi, said there was no end to empowerment, as both the young and old could be empowered.
“We need to keep on empowering people so as to make everyone self-reliant,” Owolabi said. “That is why we have workshops, seminars and conferences.”
The President of NIFA, Mr. Augustine Egbunike, said the association recognised franchising as a great catalyst for job creation.
He explained that NIFA was a non-profit, and non-governmental organisation established for the promotion, growth, development and sustenance of entrepreneurial culture in Nigeria using the franchising vehicle.
“It is for skill transfer, wealth creation and establishment of new businesses,” he said.
Egbunike added that NIFA would be a sustainable solution to some macro-economic problems confronting Nigeria.
Participants at the exhibition included school children, youth, businessmen and corporate organisations such as Symba Industries, Justy confectionaries and the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation.