Nigerian businesses and entrepreneurs have been urged to key into technology in line with global practices in order to grow and build a sustainable enterprise.
Emeka Okafor, CEO of Connect Nigeria, also implored small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) at an e-business fair organised by Connect Nigeria in Lagos, to take full advantage of new technology to grow their businesses.
At one of the sessions held at the fair devoted to E-Business and the Growth of the Nigerian Economy, Eyo Bassey, CEO of Payporte referred to the e-commerce industry in Nigeria as an untapped space and encouraged Nigerians particularly those interested in e-business to take hold of the opportunity as the market was viable.
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He, however, warned that one must acquire experience to succeed in business and should dispense with out-dated methods and obsolete skills.
Paul Aseme, head of retail segments at Union Bank and Mabel George, vice president, business development West, Sigma Pensions, stressed on the importance of embracing technology to grow business and investing in a proper business plan and proper accounting.
Osita Chidoka, Nigeria’s former minister of aviation, also shared key points on building a sustainable enterprise.
The conference also provided a platform for the launch of “TOP 100 SMEs in Nigeria Campaign”, a Connect Nigeria initiative in partnership with Union Bank and is aimed at celebrating emerging businesses involved in building sustainable enterprises and boosting employment.
According to Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, head of corporate affairs and corporate communication of Union Bank, the exercise entails tracking and celebrating the top 100 SMEs in Nigeria conducting their businesses the right way.
Emeka Okafor, expressed his appreciation and gratitude to sponsors AITEO, NIRSAL, Payporte, Union Bank, Sigma Pensions, Air France KLM, Rack Center among others for partnering with Connect Nigeria to bring Nigerian businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs up to speed in line with global practices.