The 23rd Annual Conference organized by the Centre for Management Development (CMD) took place at Royal Marble Hotel, Benin City from July 24th -26th, 2012. The theme of the conference was:
“Training for Entrepreneurship Development in the 21st Century: The Role of Trainers in the Public and Private Sectors”
Sub – Themes:
1. Entrepreneurship: The Engine for Economic Growth and Development
2. Creating the Culture and Building the Entrepreneurship Structure for Self Employment and Sustainable Development
3. Mainstreaming Entrepreneurship in Training and Educational Programme
The conference attracted participants drawn from the public and private sectors.
In his welcome address, the Centre’s Director-General, Dr. Kabir Kabo Usman represented by Eng. M.O. Ekenimoh, Director, Learning and Development Department stated entrepreneurship is considered the backbone of economic development and that it has been well established that the level of economic growth of a nation depends to a large extent on its level of entrepreneurial activities.
He also noted that entrepreneurs can be developed through training, education and development. Inculcating entrepreneurial skills for setting up and operating business enterprise can be referred to as the development of entrepreneurs.
1 All the four papers presented highlighted the need for entrepreneurship education, learning from economies like the US, China, Malasia, India and others.
2 The papers agreed that just as entrepreneurship is the dream of America, it is also and should be everyone’s dream.
3 The papers also support and strongly recommend the creation of entrepreneurial culture, building the structures and mainstreaming it into all training and educational programmes.
4 The papers highlighted the perspectives of entrepreneurship
5 All the facilitators agreed that entrepreneurship is the only way out of the current high rate of unemployment. They believe that this can come about when both public and private sectors work together to create a culture of entrepreneurship with opportunities open to young people.
1 That most Nigerians in the process of contributing to the growth of the economy, need training and support to convert their talents into workable enterprises
2 With dismay the poor attendance at this conference showing the negative attitude towards training in Nigeria
3 Sadly the proliferation of unlicensed training institutions which are just training contractors who have no business coming into the training profession.
4 The importance of imparting entrepreneurship skills in the youth in line with the transformation agenda of the federal government
5 The need for CMD to seek for corporate sponsorship of this conference to enable participants pay minimally or even attend it free
6 The importance of training in national development and so recommend the need for funding CMD adequately
In the light of the above, conference recommendations that:
1 government should strengthen the regulatory functions of CMD by giving it the power to prosecute unlicensed trainers
2 should improve on the planning/marketing of the annual conferences.
3 attendance at the annual trainers conference at least three times in 5 years before the renewal of individual accreditation
4 in line with the presidents vision and transformation agenda, entrepreneurship training should be mainstreamed into all educational programmes at all levels of the Nigerian educational system
5 CMD should, from time to visit institutions to review the activities of these institutions and their accredited trainers.
6 that private sector institutions should support the development of effective educational initiatives that include teaching the benefits and opportunities of self employment.
7 the federal government should come up with a policy on sustainable development and entrepreneurship
8 on government to utilize existing structures, chambers of commerce and other business networks to support the development of youth entrepreneurship.
9 Entrepreneurs should be encouraged and supported through equity rather than loans
Participants’ proposals for the 2013
Venue: Premier Hotel, Ibadan Oyo State
The conference participants wish to thank CMD for ensuring the sustainability of the forum and facilitators for their contributions to the success of the conference.