In a bid to create employment through entrepreneurship, Ezinne Okonkwo, Chief Executive Officer of Dewdrops Cakes, has called on the Federal and State Governments for the incorporation of baking into the school curriculum.
The CEO stated this at a briefing organised by her baking firm to announce the cake fair seminar which is scheduled to hold between September 3 and 4, 2019 in Lagos for cake artists to showcase their talents.
Okonkwo argued that entrepreneurship was already replacing white-collar jobs, hence the need to make room for baking in the curricula of primary and secondary schools, as well as that of tertiary institutions, adding that baking could become a sustainable means of income for youths and students in the country.
“We have so many Nigerian youths coming into baking. It is no longer our mother’s thing. The idea of sending pupils for summer lessons should be discouraged. When they begin to learn this skill at a young age, when they go to the higher institutions, it could be a source of income for them and in this era where white-collar jobs are scarce, they could make a living out of baking.
“Many of the bakers in the industry today are graduates, but right now they are creating a niche for themselves, focusing on their strenghth and getting International recognition. The younger ones are seeing that the industry is thriving and are saying after leaving school they want to join us,” she stated.
She called on the FG and state governments to set up in its responsibility in providing a condusive environment for business to thrive.