IT was indeed a very tough and interesting competition, between the 10 qualified Anambra State secondary schools for the business plan competition grand finale and entrepreneurship fare, which held recently at Teachers House, Awka.
Governor Obiano who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, encouraged and appreciated the students who have learnt skills that would make them self sufficient after graduation.
“The key to success is hard work, take your education seriously, believe in yourself, work hard and spend the rest of the days of your school wisely,” Obiano said.
Commissioner for Education, Kate Omenugha, said the business plan competition was a product of the partnership they had with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), to make schools see education as business, that would make them self sufficient in so many ways.
“All the equipments in school can be used to generate revenue for the school and state at large. We want our students to begin to think business, to start showcasing what they are doing in their schools, so that investors could help for sustainability,” Omenugha said.
Prof. Omenugha also appreciated UNIDO for coming up with the partnership, to help them sharpen the intellect of the children on entrepreneurship and business plan.
Representative of UNIDO, Chief Francis Ukoh, said that they were working with Anambra not only for the entrepreneurship program, but to also develop the auto industrial town of Nnewi. He appreciated the state government for providing the resources for the capacity building of teachers that has equipped them with life transforming skills.
Chief Executive Officer, Coscharis Nigeria Limited, Chief Cosmas Maduka, said the best education one needs in life is mentorship.
Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha, Government Technical College Onitsha, St. Monica’s College Ogbunike, among other schools participated in the business plan competition and entrepreneurship fare.