Students should start early to have an entrepreneurial mind-set; that way, they open up other options for gainful employment when they are ready to join the job market, says Tony Elumelu, Chairman Heirs Holdings, UBA Plc and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF).
In an inspiring speech, which he gave to students at the Loyola Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt, he told the students that the world has changed in a way that students should also respond to by changing their expectations after leaving school from seeking a job to creating jobs.
The Jesuit Memorial College (JCM), Port Harcourt was set up to honour the memory of the 60 students of the Loyola Jesuit School in Abuja that lost their lives in a plane crash in Port Harcourt on December 10, 2005. The school serves as a beacon of hope, where children are given the opportunity to get a sound education and have a chance to contribute to building a brighter future for this country.
Speaking on behalf of the school, Aleruchi Cookey-Gam, a former Rivers Attorney-General commended the Tony Elumelu Foundation, being promoted by Mr. Elumelu, and its impact on the lives of our young people.
“The students are at an impressionable age, and we saw this as a unique opportunity for the Tony Elumelu Foundation to share their message of Africapitalism and the entrepreneurial spirit. These students will always remember this message”
Elumelu also commended the Catholic educational system, as it not only emphasizes academic excellence but also builds in students a sense of responsibility to humanity.
In a statement made to the students, he said: “I was once a student, and in my time, things out there were even rougher than they are now. But the education and training I received in my youth helped me a long way. In the same way, I urge you not to take your quality education for granted. You won’t always see immediate gratification, but you should rest assured that success will eventually come as long as the following are in place – (purpose, hard work, discipline, check-ins to periodically check yourself; resilience and humility.)