The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele has enjoined Nigerian youths to emulate the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigeria’s foremost industrialist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, stating that the Nigerian government craves to have more of him in the country’s industrial space
He said the Federal government appreciates Dangote’s exceptional business investments dotting the entire African continent and exemplary humanitarian efforts, pointing out that the government would continue to provide the enabling environment that will give room for more of Dangotes.
The apex bank boss spoke during the disbursement of funds to the youths to mark the commencement of the CBN’s Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme, YEDP.
The programme was instituted to promote capacity building and funding for Nigerian youths to empower them to be entrepreneurs rather than seeking white-collar jobs.
Emefiele acknowledged the role Dangote and his many companies have been playing in the employment of labour in Nigeria and Africa as whole.
It was against this backdrop that Mr. Emefiele further urged the youths to fulfill their dreams, and not just become entrepreneurs, but also employers of labour, saying Nigeria has spent millions of dollars in forex on importation of foods and other needless items.
According to him, the developed countries of the world are strong economically because they produce and export more than they import thus giving them the desired trade balance.
He said this is also the thought-line of the present government and would pursue the task of industrialising Nigeria through the exploitation of the nation’s vast mineral resources which have long been neglected.
Mr. Emefiele told the beneficiaries that the youth entrepreneurs were part of the CBN programme of creating 1 million jobs in the next four years. Said he; “Youth entrepreneurs have been hindered in the past by lack of capacity and access to funding.
“It is thus a matter of urgency to roll out the YEDP. Our youths are full of ideas and we want to empower them to make the dreams realities.
“We want to nurture your dreams, not only to be entrepreneurs but also to become employers of labour.
“We want to raise many Dangotes from among our youth entrepreneurs. We want our youths to build conglomerates and giant companies that can employ millions of Nigerians and produce goods for nor only local consumption but also for export.”
It would be recalled that the business mogul had indicated that his new $12 billion three in one project, the refinery, petrochemical and fertilizer plants currently under construction would create a minimum of 235,000 new jobs, both direct and indirect jobs, as it becomes operational in the first quarter of 2019.
Dangote said the refinery would have a capacity to refine 650,000 barrels a day, while assuring that there will be market for the refined products because even in Africa, as only three countries have effective functioning refinery with others importing from abroad.
He disclosed further that the Petrochemical Plant will produce 750,000 metric tonnes per year (MTPY) of Polypropylene, while the Fertiliser Plant will produce 2.8 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) of Urea and Ammonia.
Dangote said gas from the Gas Pipeline Project can supply fuel to Central Power Plants to generate electricity for households and Nigeria will save over $7.5bn for Nigeria annually, through import substitution.