EDC in the News

Centre to campaign against multiple taxation

By Tosin Makinde (The Nation)

Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Lagos at the lecture

WORRIED over the problem of multiple taxation as it affects small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in the country, the Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), has embarked on a series of awareness campaign aimed at calling attention to the many challenges facing entrepreneurs.

The Project Director of EDC, Mr. Ayodele Aderinwale, made this known at the maiden edition of the Lagos Quarterly Lecture Series recently.

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EDC launches quarterly lecture series

Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Lagos at the lecture

Driven by the need to have focused discussions on issues affecting entrepreneurship in Nigeria, the Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), Lagos, has launched a quarterly lecture series.

The maiden lecture of the series was held on Wednesday at the centre with the theme “The Impact of Multiple Taxation on Enterprise Development in Nigeria: Need for a Rethink”. Participants were drawn from the public and private sectors.

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LIP Diaries: Settling into the House

The orientation course in Ota, Ogun State, may have prepared me for the Legislative Internship Programme but when I was to report at the Enugu State House of Assembly, I didn’t know what to expect.

I wondered if I would be accepted. I was also curious about the staff that I would have to call colleagues for another month or so. Continue reading

Another cake for Madiba

Africa Leadership Forum “I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself”


For the most part of 1963, South African prosecutors worked hard to convince a court, and the rest of the world, that Nelson Mandela did not deserve to live. As the death penalty hung over his head in the Rivonia Trial, Mandela uttered the words that have come to define his life.

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society… for which I am prepared to die.”

Today, almost fifty years after the events of 1963, millions of people all over the world are celebrating Africa’s most renowned statesman on his 93rd birthday.

Mandela’s life, his struggles and triumphs, continues to inspire young Africans for greatness. In his fight for freedom, Africans see the endless possibilities that belief in oneself and the common good bring. In his leadership of the free South Africa, we see hope for democracy and its many promises all across our continent.

The Africa Leadership Forum celebrates a truly great leader on this birthday and always.

Happy birthday, Madiba!

Nigerian women grow in small ways

Nigeria women entrepreneursMany Nigerian women are venturing into small-scale businesses in order to gain economic independence. Jennifer Ehidiamen writes on the challenges they face.

Her compelling story also shows how entrepreneurial women are dealing with constraints such as limited start-up capital, cultural barriers as well as inadequate managerial skills. “Finding start-up capital is not easy for most women. But it’s not impossible. To get her start-up capital, Mama Joy says she “patched up,” or bought the supplies she needed to cook her food on credit then paid it off as she made sales…” Full Story: Global Press Institute

LIP Diaries: Passion meets experience

Stanley AzuakolaBy Stanley Azuakola
Try this: Gather forty smart young Nigerians, lodge them in pristine chalets, engage them with experienced cerebral minds, and then unleash them. What you’ll get is a potpourri of unusual insights, shared experiences, undiluted fun and bursting passion, the kind experienced by participants in this year’s Leadership Internship Programme of the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF).

The orientation course for the Batch A members of programme which started held July 3-6, 2011, provided an opportunity for young Nigerians to acquaint themselves with parliamentary structures and processes. Continue reading

‘Our shared values define us’

By Abiola Sanusi

Abiola Sanusi presents a paper titled Active Citizenship

It is always a pleasure to be asked to facilitate at the orientation course of the Legislative Internship Programme. The programme focuses on bringing government closer to people by enabling interns to participate in the legislative processes in the various state houses of assembly thereby creating opportunities for them to be active rather passive citizens in Nigeria’s young democracy.

This year, the topic that I have been asked to facilitate on, Active Citizenship, is critical in making citizens aware of what makes a good citizen, the role of government in including citizens in the democratic process and how citizens can make governments accountable.

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