The 21st Century Entrepreneurship Hub, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Sunday called on youths and women in Sokoto to leverage entrepreneurship for self-reliance and promotion of development in the state.

The Founder of the NGO, Malam Umar Idris, said in an address at the end of a week-long exhibition and activities, that the event was meant to sensitise the youths and women in the state on different business opportunities.

“The participants learnt new ways to grow their businesses. This will help them to have various experiences on how to develop their business.

“Now that Nigeria’s economy is facing another recession, entrepreneurship may just be the bailout from poverty and joblessness for the youth population, many of whom are unemployed.

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“This kind of exhibition in the state is one of the ways to promote opportunities provided for young entrepreneurs, as this will go a long way in reducing the rising unemployment figures. It will also give economic empowerment to women and young in the state” he said.

Idris said that the exhibition was a platform for adding value in the areas of networking, partnership and showcasing local products.

Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner for Commerce, Alhaji Gidado Jegawa said that the government would continue to create an enabling environment that would support start-up business owners to generate jobs.

“I appreciate the 21st Century Hub on this initiative; this type of event will help to promote business growth, which are capable of reviving Nigeria’s economy.

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Hajia Habidatu Salaudeen, an Entrepreneur, said she showcased a range of herbs and aphrodisiacs at the exhibition, adding that participating was worth the while as it would help reduce poverty.

Malam Yusuf Muhammad, an entrepreneur living with disability, appreciated the organisers for their efforts, describing the platform as desirable because of its potential for enhancing business linkages and patronage in the community.

Muhammad called on government and other relevant stakeholders, to engage the youths and women in meaningful activities, so as to support the NGO achieve its mandate.

No fewer than 70 business owners participated in the event.