By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has made a passionate appeal for the revival and strengthening of the Igbo apprenticeship system, which he said is superior to the models being taught at some Business Schools locally and internationally.
The governor made this appeal in Aba while speaking at the Aba Business and Leadership Summit and Awards 2021 with the theme: “Transferring Tested and Proven Business Models To the next Generation”, where he said the Igbo apprenticeship system offers great insight into business concepts including teaching alternatives, packaging and repackaging , procurement, storage and ware-housing, ethics of business as well as corporate social responsibility among others.
Speaking further, Ikpeazu said the essence of the Summit was to see how best to reignite interest of the young people in wealth and job Creation, adding that breaking the chain of teaching and mentoring young people as well as understudying Business Ventures will be jeopardizing the future of Ndigbo.
Ikpeazu announced that Aba Business School will soon be established to help consolidate the business skills of younger Igbo entrepreneurs, adding that the official language in the School will be Igbo while the faculty will be drawn from successful Igbo business men and women who have excelled in their various fields, noting that no country has developed in science, technology and Business without emphasis on their Mother Tongue, using China as an example.
The summit featured a Panel discussion session on the theme “Pathway To Trans-generational Wealth Transfer,(Aba as a case study) by eminent Nigerians including Ide John Udeagbala of the Aba Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Darl Uzu CEO , Crown Realtors/Enyimba Economic City, Professor Bath Nnaji, Chairman of Geometric Power, Professor Pat Utomi of Lagos Business School, Sir Lawrence Obetta and Chief Mrs Stella Igbokwe.