MAURICE OKAFOR writes that an initiative to inspire many professionals, artisans, technicians and others with skilled labour to come together with a common goal of being their brothers’ keeper to enhance their respective business fortunes while contributing to the production sector of the Nigeria’s economy, has been introduced in the country, with Enugu as its pilot headquarter.
The venture which is private sector driven is being gingered by a Non governmental Organization [NGO] known as VEDAN [Vocational Entrepreneurial Development Association of Nigeria]. The operations of VEDAN is unique in the sense that its membership is purely designed for service providers in the productive sector, with people who care to expand their business coast but lack the financial wherewithal even when there is the will power.
The Chief Executive Officer of VEDAN, Evangelist Dr Walter Madu, told ‘The South-East Post’ that he learnt of the initiative from South Korea in 2009,when he was among the team of Nigerian business men courtesy of ECCIMA[Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture] that embarked on a business trip to South Korea.
He buttressed that the strategy is helping many of the small and medium enterprises, SME’s, technicians, artisans in South Korea to thrive, succeed in their respective skills, and thereby boosting the production sector of their economy.
Dr Madu said since thereafter, he started nurturing the ambition of introducing similar association in Nigeria, so as to encourage many Nigerian professionals, artisans, technicians, other skilled workers to embrace a common unit through which they can help themselves out from the financial burden limiting expansion of their respective trades.
Also to re-invent and ginger young able bodied young men in the country, who could not pursue professional carrier in the higher institution, to acquire a technical skill through which they can fend for themselves and contribute meaningfully to manpower development in the country under private sector initiatives. By so doing, ‘the get rich -quick attitude’ among the Youths, will be tackled head on.