“I write to warmly welcome the 1,000 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs from across 51 African countries and from across all the States in Nigeria for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme boot camp taking place in Nigeria. I am pleased to see that efforts like this, aimed at promoting self-help and creating jobs and opportunities for Africa’s youth, are gaining ground without overt Government intervention. This demonstrates that the work of rebuilding our country (as well as the wider continent) is one all patriots and stakeholders must actively engage in. I am proud that Nigeria (and a Nigerian) is taking the lead in this effort to promote selfworth, encourage entrepreneurship, create jobs, build and promote networks for intraAfrican trade, business collaboration and investment. Our Administration is committed to unlocking all such opportunities to restore dignity to our people. This programme is one example I hope others will emulate and I commend Tony Elumelu and his Foundation for their endeavor and leadership in this area.