NAYCOM Trains 40 Youth Entrepreneurs

By Ayodele Deen Cole

Forty (40) young entrepreneurs on Tuesday, 18th June, 2019 commenced a two-day training in managing business with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) under its Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Programme (YEEP), funded by the Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA).

The training provided skills in starting and expanding businesses, financial management, networking, developing innovative ideas, marketing and registering a business.

Louis Lebbie runs an agri-business and a stationery shop in Bo, Southern Sierra Leone. She started her business in 2015 with no business skills. “I had the passion, but I have never had training in entrepreneurship,” she said. The training according to Louis was “very useful and should be incorporated into the curriculum for tertiary institutions.” She added that entrepreneurship is profitable, noting that she makes more money from her business than her regular job.

In his contribution, the Commissioner of the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM’s) Ngolo Katta, said, if Sierra Leone is to reach middle level income by 2035, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) should be rebranded to show its importance to support national development. He said NAYCOM underpins the seriousness of entrepreneurship in the unfolding economic situation of the country, adding that “over 40% of the country’s population is young people who need capacity to lead the development aspirations of the country.” The trainees were drawn from various backgrounds; Information Communication and Technology (ICT), cosmetics, agri-business, arts and clothing.