|Mr Tunde Lemo|
Monday, 30 September 2013
One of the leading business plan consultants and entrepreneurship trainers in Nigeria has announced the establishment of a business capacity development to take on the training and development of aspiring entrepreneurs among the working class and students.
After years of entrepreneurship campaign on pages of newspapers and magazines as well as classroom training, the leading entrepreneurship trainer, Ola Emmanuel, declared that the platform will be saddled with the task of thoroughly preparing aspiring and existing entrepreneurs as well as other career men and women and professionals to introduce entrepreneurship spirit into their daily activities in order for them to perform better in their chosen fields.
The capacity building activities which will run under the theme, “Run Like A Champion”, will also launch a capacity building outreach programme among students to prepare them for the peculiarity of Nigerian economy. According to the promoter and founder of the platform, Ola Emmanuel, the regular meeting of entrepreneurs and corporate professionals on one hand, platform will be strong among students in view of the capacity available to run the programmes of the platform.
It will be recalled that Ola Emmanuel was the Nigerian delegate at the special programme on how to tackle youth unemployment challenges organized for eleven African countries at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO), Italy in 2009. In his words, “the capacity building work, especially among students will make extensive use of cooperative and collaborative efforts among stakeholders in the public and private sectors to carry out its activities. Already, plan is in progress for the platform to hold a three-day programme in one of the universities in the north central Nigeria. The programme is expected to be a blend of personal development, practical success strategies and entrepreneurship development activities. Also, discussions have reached advanced stage with a state government through its ministry of education to expose students in the state to personal development and entrepreneurship intelligence activities. “We are embarking on the students outreach activities to effectively mould the upcoming generations to become formidable forces in nation-building and make them prove useful in the creation of equitable and wealthy society. The school students will be strategically prepared to embrace and pursue excellence in their present and future endeavours as well as position them to become leaders who are thoroughly furnished to run like champions”.
As a way to contribute to Nigerian economic development, the quality of activities and interactions is expected to make significant impact in a short to medium term by raising and nurturing generation of potentially-accomplishing men and women who are well equipped to become exemplary business and professional models. The life-transforming intelligence the platform will be providing shall be targeted at sharpening the countenance of both the youth and the working class to make them run their daily activities with a new mindset befitting of potentially-great entrepreneurs.
Source: World Stage
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has reported that despite a flattening in donor funding for HIV, which has remained around the same as 2008 levels, domestic spending on HIV has increased, accounting for 53% of global HIV resources in 2012.
According to the report, continued gains were made in mobilizing financial resources for the AIDS response in 2012, although AIDS expenditures remain short of the global target of US$ 22-24 billion in annual financial resources.
In 2012, an estimated US$ 18.9 billion were available for HIV programmes in low- and middle-income countries – a 10% increase over 2011.
The total global resources available for HIV in 2012 was estimated at US$ 18.9 billion, US$ 3-5 billion short of the US$ 22-24 billion estimated to be needed annually by 2015.
Although international HIV assistance remained flat in real terms in 2012, many low- and middle-income countries have increased financial outlays for HIV; domestic spending accounted for 53% of all HIV-related spending in 2012.
Although increases in domestic investments have occurred among countries at all income levels, local spending has also risen around the world but sharply so among upper middle-income countries, with many lower middle-income and low-income countries remaining heavily dependent on international assistance.