The Executive Governor of Ondo State, Barrister Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has appointed Mr. Summy Smart Francis as Special Adviser on Entrepreneurship Development. He warned that unemployment is another pandemic that will triple the hardship the world is already experiencing. He stated that, “we never prepared for the coronavirus pandemic but we can as soon as possible begin to make urgent preparations for the unemployment pandemic that is fast approaching”
He indicated that entrepreneurship is a major weapon to tackle the scourge of unemployment in Nigeria. He further stated that Summy Francis who is an indigene of Ode-Irele Local Government Area of his State, has a proven track record in entrepreneurship development, empowerment, advocacy and literacy in Africa and is in the best position to champion such a vital portfolio in our state.
Mr. Francis, a young serial and social entrepreneur who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in entrepreneurship by the TB University, USA; is the Founder and President of the world’s largest entrepreneurship network and Africa’s foremost entrepreneurship organization, Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs, popularly known as A.Y.E. His experience in entrepreneurship development has led to the creation of several initiatives across the continent aimed at promoting job creation and eradicating poverty.
The. Governor stated that, Ondo State must begin to harness entrepreneurship development to the fullest and not just rely on public service jobs. In other words, for any economy to grow, entrepreneurship must be the key driver of the economy while job creation as one of the passengers as seen in some other First World Countries.
The Governor further stated that with the current covid19 pandemic, we must urgently start to create measures to rejuvenate our economy and with Summy’s proven record I am confident that he will create, initiate, execute, and advise me professionally on several initiatives and programs towards entrepreneurship development and job creation in the state.” He is the best we can find and we are proud to say that he has the required experience, expertise and knowledge to drive our dreams to reality. He has done it for Africa, now it’s time for him to come and do it for his home state and fatherland.
The appointment of Summy Smart Francis as Special Adviser to the Governor on Entrepreneurship Development will take effect immediately and he is expected to get to work with immediate effect” He further stated.