The International Centre for Leadership and Entrepreneur Development has partnered an institution based in Europe to upscale the capacity of entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
The Founder and Chairman of ICLED, Prof. Olajumoke Familoni, said the partnership with the University of Salamanca, Spain, was necessary to achieve the centre’s objective of delivering quality leadership training programme to the country’s Small and Medium Enterprises’ operators.
This, she added, would enable the SMEs to contribute meaningfully to economic expansion of the country.
She spoke in Lagos recently at a training programme organised by her organisation for small business owners and members of staff of some corporate organisations including commercial banks.
Familoni said, “We have brought together organisations and small businesses to discuss the concept of entrepreneur. Nowadays, because of lack of stability, entrepreneurs need to think faster; a leader needs to think like an entrepreneur.”
According to her, ICLED has been in Nigeria for over 15 years, engaging in corporate training, upscaling entrepreneurship and leadership.
She said, “We have worked in developing skills they need to run their business effectively. I’m proud to say that we have touched more than 10,000 people in the last 15 years. At the middle level, we have touched the SMEs in terms of advocacy and mentoring.
ICLED has done quite a lot in terms of re-engineering the mindset of entrepreneur to upscale, to build sustainable business.”
Familoni concurred that government was making concerted efforts to lift the Small; and Medium Enterprises but that there were still a few challenges.