The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, has charged the youth to leverage the Internet to boost their innovative and entrepreneurial skills.
The minister spoke to a group of Internet enthusiasts at the yearly Nigerian Internet Business Conference (NIBC) organised by Lukmon Fasasi, a blogger and student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The event held at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Shittu, represented by Mr Akeem Yussuf, his Special Assistant on Digital and Optimisation, said he was delighted by the courage of the participants to improve their entrepreneurial skills by learning about internet business.
He said: “The Internet has offered young people opportunities to get themselves engaged in various legitimate businesses. There are thousands of internet businesses that young people can start today, with little capital. We will continue to make Internet affordable and create a platform for the growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) so that young people can leverage the Internet to harness their entrepreneurial potential.”
The event was graced by notable ICT and Internet business experts, including Depanker Rustagi, Anyinoluwa Akinyemi, Aderonke Bamidele, Aisha Raufu, Ayeni Ekundayo, Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi, and many others.
Rustagi, an Indian and Chief Executive Officer of Vconnect, spoke on how young people could build a business network online. He gave the participants tips for conducting successful businesses on the Internet and how they could engage new customers.
The event featured interactive session, during which the participants had the opportunity to engage the facilitators in discussions about creating sustainable employment through Internet businesses.
According to the organiser, the aim of the event was to bring Internet enthusiasts across the country together, with the objective to create values and bring development to the country’s Internet business.
Lukmon said: “This is the third edition and NIBC has come to stay. What matters in the 21st century is how young people should use the Internet to manoeuvre their life goals.”
Uthman Samad, an OAU student, described the event as an “eye-opener”, saying: “I am fortunate to attend this conference, because I have learnt how to create job for myself through the Internet.”
The Publicity Secretary for the conference, Kabir Adejumo, said: “Through our researches, we want to let the youth know that, no matter their level of education or social status, they can earn a good income through legitimate Internet business. A recent statistics showed that there are almost four billion people on the internet daily. This means that, if anyone has an Internet-enabled phone, he has all he needs to make ends meet at his fingertips.”
The conference was attended by students from OAU, University of Ibadan (UI), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM), Benue State, and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUETCH), among others.