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More than Five -week lockdown imposed on Ogun, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja due to the outbreak of COVID-19 dealt huge blow on the economy of those states, especially business across the country in 2020.
Although enmeshed in arguments and counter arguments, the government provided palliatives to members of the public to cushion the effect of the pandemic leaving the business community in the cold .
Many businesses have folded up while many are currently struggling to exist even in the current economic situation, hence the convergence of Business owners in Africa to Oriental hotel, Lekki in Lagos state to chat way forward for businesses even amidst the ravaging effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the 2021 edition of the Africa Business Summit, A Morocco based Chief Executive Officer of – Africa my own – , Karimi Ahanem, submitted that COVID -19 is the future stressing that we might to live with it.
Ahanem, however, advised business Czars sited at the summit to employ the use of technology nothing that the new normal has called for.
“ The new normal which COVID-19 has only been enjoined business lieutenants to embrace the use of technology and social media that becomes the new necessity”.
During a panel session, the Chairman of the Omoluabi Empire holdings, Omoluabi Victor Eniola-Mark, agreed that it is a trying time for businesses in the country but noted that smart CEO will remain on their toes to ensuring that their business does not let the economy down.
A Presidential candidate in Gambia , Ismala Ceesay, also opined that to survive in the COVID-19 era, a chief executive must be ‘up and doing’.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Ojulowo Omoluabi, Omoluabi Victor Eniola – Mark was decorated and inducted as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management and leadership.
At the sideline of the programme, the group Chairman of Ojulowo Omoluabi empire holdings further promised to continues empowerment for both the youths and poor.
“We must keep business going despite the new normal. However, smart business men lookout for the opportunity in every situation.
“COVID-19 is here and there’s at present very little we can do about it. Business owners must wear their thinking caps to think rigorously because the economy is dependent on the thriving capacity of our businesses and we can’t afford to fail them.
“The reward for hard work is more work, as a company and the group chairman Ojulowo Omoluabi Empire Holdings, we understand that those awarding us today wants us to do more work and we won’t let them down.
“It is part of our cardinal points to help uplift the youths and as well uplifting the poor through affordable housing units across our estates. This we shall continue to do and do even more”.