By Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi
THE Chief Executive Officer of Empretec Foundation, Nana Tweneboah-Boateng, has called on all national service personnel to develop the requisite entrepreneurial skills and abilities that will help them manage their own businesses after leaving the service.
He said the development of every nation depended largely on the private sector, and so the personnel must not hesitate to enter into private business after their national service.
Nana Tweneboah-Boateng made the call at a two-day training workshop on entrepreneurship, organised by Empretec for selected service personnel in the Ashanti Region.
It was the first-ever graduate entrepreneurship workshop organised by the National Service Scheme (NSS), and was on the theme, “Introduction to Entrepreneurship”.
It was aimed at introducing the concept of entrepreneurship to service personnel who after their service, would want to start their own businesses.
Nana Tweneboah-Boateng said since the government had made private sector development an integral part of its development agenda, the workshop would help boost the quality of entrepreneurs who would help promote the sector in the future.
He said Empretec was recognised by the NSS to train its personnel, because it was the leading entrepreneurship and business development firm in the country.
The CEO disclosed that out of the 500 personnel trained in the whole country, about 100 of them, who would display immense interest and capabilities, would be selected by Empretec for assistance.
He said his outfit was prepared to provide further training, business counselling, support and access to commercial credit to anyone who was determined to be an entrepreneur with a good business plan.
He said the workshop would be extended into the future for more personnel to benefit from it.
The Ashanti Regional Director of NSS, Mr Kwesi Quainoo, said that most of the personnel would want to set up their own businesses, but lacked the requisite skills and, therefore, the training was an opportunity, which they must take advantage.
He, therefore, urged the personnel to take the training seriously to grant them a better future.