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Nigerian green economy worths $250bn, says Providus Bank boss


Walter AkpaniThe Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Providus Bank, Mr Walter Akpani, has said that investment opportunities in green economy which aims at achieving sustainable development and fight off environmental degradation is estimated to worth $250bn in Nigeria.

Mr Akpani equally told the youth that achieving success or greatness in life is not a tea party and that anyone who set out to be successful in life, especially in entrepreneurship will never consider failure as final.

Akpani disclosed this on Tuesday as the keynote speaker during the Youth Governance Dialogue session of the Presidential Youth Retreat organised by the Youth Development Centre of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Abeokuta.

The MD said since the gathering was for mentoring, it would be appropriate to chip in few tips that could help the Nigerian youths who he described as ever resilient to achieve their goals in lif

He said “As someone who is determined to succeed in life, you must be clear of what failure means. You must always have the mind of doing things not to fail because this will always propel you for excellence and if you eventually fail, it is not a death sentence, you must learn your mistakes and move on. Those who want to achieve success in the journey of life don’t take failure as final. If you fail, rise again and again until you are at your destination

“Another tip you must keep to heart is that you must be highly disciplined, you must allow discipline to be part of your entire life. Nothing good and great comes so cheaply, it requires great sacrifices here and there, so you must embrace discipline to achieve that lofty dreams”.

Speaking on the theme of the conference, “Contributing To Green Economy”, Akpani said that in addressing the challenges of climate change brought about by industrialisation and various activities of men, the youths can latch on billions of naira investments opportunities in efforts to decisively fight off the evil of climate change.

He said “when we talk about Green Economy, we are talking about economy that is aimed at reducing environmental risk, the one that fights environmental degradation but promotes sustainable development and friendly environment.

“Green economy promotes empowerment through small scale enterprises and it is a worthwhile investment to protect our environment and biodiversity. It is an Economy that is estimated to worth $250bn in Nigeria with critical sectors including transportation, energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, agriculture among others.

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