The Institute of Certified Business Consultants (ICBC) Nigeria has said that it is committed to revolutionizing and demystifying business training in the country.
Speaking in an interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Mr. Ayele Emmanuel Utomi, ICBC Nigeria founder and representative in Nigeria, said the institute uses professionals in training entrepreneurs and professionals, noting that the founding fathers of the institute recognize business as a dynamic force that propels the growth of any nation’s economy and enterprises, small or big.
He stated that the methods adopted by the institute in carrying out its training are unique, adding that the institute takes its training to the grassroots.
This, he said, “Can be seen in the training of pepper sellers, yam sellers, meant sellers, cooperative societies, artisans, etc. Some of this training is done in local dialect. The training helps to unbundle the various value chains in these businesses.
Utomi, who is a fellow of the Institute of Certified Business Consultants, is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and holds a post-graduate diploma in financial management from the Lagos State University, stated that the uniqueness of the institute is what makes the institute tick.
He reasoned that the founding fathers of the business institute conceived the unique idea and delivered it to the business world.
He said that the institute trains undergraduates, school ‘leavers’ and members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), adding that it believes that training the youth in business and workplace expectations will not only help the individuals, corporate organizations but the nation at large.
He submitted that this would make young graduates in the country to be employable.
According to him, the institute’s trainers consist of a robust mix of professionals with varying competencies, stating that the trainers grow under the mentorship of some of the world’s best leadership experts.
He posited that the mentors are themselves a team of internationally certified professionals, who also have long and rich practical experiences at national and continental levels.
He asserted ICBC Nigeria training team also leverages national and international partners in training delivery.
The chartered accountant proffered reasons why many businesses do not survive after the demise of the business owners in Nigeria and in Africa in general.
He told DAILY INDEPENDENT that there are persistent business collapses because the founders do not have good and sound business foundations, adding they do not make succession plans for their businesses.
He said idea rules the world and that business owners need integrated knowledge of theories and practical to manage their businesses well.
However, Utomi disclosed that the institute received the Transparency Africa Award, as the best entrepreneur trainer in 2018. He said African Chronicle Magazine sponsored the award.
He positioned that business consultants provide advice to clients in a wide variety of situations arising from various professional areas.
He said the vision of the institute is to be the global leader in educating and certifying businesses, entrepreneurs, consultants, and professionals in a way that universally relevant to the global economy.
ICBC Nigeria is an affiliate of ICBC Canada and the United States of America (U.S.A) and has a worldwide membership. ICBC Nigeria is fully incorporated in Nigeria with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) after due approval by the Federal Ministry of Education and also the Federal Ministry of Justice.
The institute is saddled with the responsibility of providing quality education, training, consultancy, and research and development in business management to the citizens to boost the Nigerian economy.
He said the institute partners with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Lagos, Technology Incubation Centre, South West, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Lagos, ICBC Canada, SIOConsult United Kingdom (UK), Innovative Media & Marketing Limited and Global Institute of Research Development (GIRD), Ghana.