The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) in partnership with Redwood Consulting Limited is offering its NECApreneur entrepreneurship courses for free for a period of six weeks, to start from April 2020 to June 2020.
This is in accordance with the organisation’s contribution to boosting economic and capacity development by supporting access to online education for Nigerians – who have been mandated to stay at home to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus.
In a press statement, Timothy Olawale, the Director General of NECA, stated that due to the happenings in the environment, people needed to be kept busy and should fully utilise this period for self-development purposes, adding that the courses had been made complimentary in order to boost participation.
“Although our entrepreneurial courses are paid, we have decided to open them for free to the general public during this period. Since most people are at home and have extra hours, why not help them put the hours to good use by providing relevant trainings such that at the end of this COVID-19 pandemic, they will be armed with skills to help them get prepared for times ahead,” Olawale said.
The NECApreneur programme is an e-solution created to provide an easily accessible opportunity for the people to develop their entrepreneurial skills and as such, contribute to national development. The programme was launched as part of NECA’s mission to influence economic and socio-labour policies in order to create a favourable business environment.
The opportunity is accompanied by a wide variety of online courses well suited for entrepreneurs at different stages of their business, and made available on NECA’s official website. Some of the topics to be treated include: How anyone can start a business, market knowledge, logistics & operations and many more.
The Managing Director of Redwood Consulting Limited, Hannah Oyebanjo, said the organization hoped people would take advantage of the free training and prepare themselves for the uncertain times ahead after COVID-19 pandemic. NECA is a business membership organisation (BMO) that provides a platform for private sector employers to interact with other stakeholders to promote a harmonious business environment resulting in productivity and prosperity for everyone’s benefit.