The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) in conjunction with Junior Achievement Nigeria recently kicked off the ‘NESG in 25 Schools’ tour with the theme "United People", in various States across Nigeria. This is to commemorate the think tank's 25th Anniversary and help inculcate the culture of Nation building among Nigerian students.
One of the aims of the programme is to increase awareness in secondary school students about their responsibility in nation building. Furthermore, the tour also aims to engage students in thinking about how ethics, values, and entrepreneurship can contribute to creating a just and fair Nigeria; while also encouraging them to get involved in building the Nigeria of their dreams.
The stories of the founding fathers of the NESG who happened to be private sector leaders that were involved in Nation building is told to the students to help encourage their participation in visioning exercises, while also sharing leadership values that support nation building.
The first leg of the tour kicked off on October 28, 2019 at the National College, Gbagada, Lagos and it had over 150 pupils in attendance. Mr. Yinka Iyinolakan, Head of Communication at the NESG reiterated the importance of civic education and financial/digital literacy to Nigeria’s economic growth. He told the students that they should inculcate the values of religious tolerance and honesty to help aid Nigeria’s development.
The second leg of the tour held at Eko Akete Secondary school, Lagos Island, Lagos. Ms. Folawe Omikunle, Chief Executive Officer Teach for Nigeria and thematic lead, basic education, Human Capital Development commission of the NESG while addressing students of the school made it known that the NESG was encouraging financial literacy among Nigerians and is keen on the growth and development of Nigeria’s educational sector. She encouraged the students to make friends across different tribes and ethnic groups; and treat each other with love and respect to help build a successful Nigeria.
The ‘NESG in 25 Schools’ tour continues across Nigeria.
The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) is a non-profit, non-partisan private sector organisation with a mandate to promote and champion the reform of the Nigerian economy into an open, private sector-led globally competitive economy. It was established in 1996 by a group of passionate and concerned private sector leaders as a platform for bringing together private sector leaders and senior public sector officials to discuss and dialogue on the future of the Nigerian Economy.
Over the years, the NESG has achieved significant progress in the areas of research outputs, execution of programmes, seminars, conferences and workshops aimed at facilitating the formulation and implementation of social and economic reform programmes for the growth and transformation of the Nigerian economy. The NESG has emerged as the most notable platform for public-private dialogue in Nigeria, and has also established an excellent working relationship with the Government of Nigeria, the public sector, private sector, and other stakeholders.