By Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Governments, communities and other development partners have been implored to explore the inborn entrepreneurial potentials in the growing number of criminals in the Nigerian society as a step towards sustainable peace and security.
President of the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA), Engr. Emeka Nnachukwu who made the appeal noted that kidnappers, robbers and terrorist gangs killing and threatening peace in Nigeria are misguided entrepreneurs requiring mentoring to turn their energies and skills into gainful practices.
Nnachukwu was speaking at the unveiling of newly incorporated Egi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and ongoing Egi SME Investment and Trade Fair at Obite, Ogba/Egbemi/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State.
He noted that “The kidnappers and robbers around us are born entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs stand out as risk takers and it takes a lot of risk and guts for a young man to wake up in the dead of the night to rob or to kidnap people. Society must pay greater attention to exploring this trait they possess to uncover lawful business opportunities in them.”
The PHCCIMA boss said making this strategy work for the good of society is not the same as the current practice where government pacify criminals with cash or forced skills acquisition training in the name of amnesty or empowerment.
“In taking so much risk in crimes, they all have their respective entrepreneurial abilities. All it takes is the examination of their minds, dreams and abilities by experts, so that each one of them is supported to develop lawful economic opportunities based on his abilities”, he stressed.