Anambra State Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Agency has expressed its readiness to partner with secondary schools in the state to develop solution-oriented apps and technologies.
Managing Director, Fred Agbata gave the assurance at the BossLadyLaw Business Challenge 2023 Finals and Awards Ceremony.
The event held at the ASUU hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra State, provided platform for secondary school students to showcase their innovative ideas and entrepreneurial projects.
Agbata assured young entrepreneurs of his support, especially in advancement of technology education in Nigeria, encouraging interested schools to reach out to the agency for collaboration.
He described Governor Chukwuma Soludo as very supportive of entrepreneurial and innovative ideas, especially among the youths, just as he commended the young entrepreneurs for their courage while presenting their ideas and products at the event.
While underscoring that enterpreneurship was not for the faint-hearted, Agbata regretted that a staggering 90% of new businesses fail in their first year which he identified as major challenge facing entrepreneurs.
He however, encouraged participants not to be disheartened if their schools didn’t emerge as winners, emphasizing that success stories often stem from perseverance and resilience.
He said, “It’s important to learn from the experience and build upon the knowledge gained at such events. Don’t forget, the world eagerly awaits the contributions of budding entrepreneurs.
“Many people go to their graves afraid to try. There is never a special time to start a business—it’s your business, and the time is now.
“I must commend the organizers for their dedication to nurturing young talent and promoting innovation in Anambra State.
“I urge the students to pursue their dreams. The skills in the tech industry are in high demand with numerous opportunities for those willing to explore the field.”