Abia State-born home designer, Ohiri Lewis has vowed to ‘arrest’ the army of youths in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, using his youth skill acquisition centre.
Ohiri told Nigerian Pilot at the Merit House, Maitama, Abuja last weekend that his outfit – Ohiri Home Designers Limited – will establish a robust centre for the training of youths in various skills, to take them off from social vices, crimes and criminality in the seat of power. The business icon was among 17 Nigerians honoured by Merit Times International, a publishing and branding company, for their creative ingenuity and capacity to touch lives through their skills.
A native of Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, Mr Ohiri told our reporter that he has already been shuttling between the East and Abuja in the last couple of weeks with an eye on getting the skill acquisition centre running by February next year and vowed to change the mind-set of the Abuja youths through the centre.
“I believe that life is a function of a man’s mind-set, typical of what the Bible says -‘as a man thinks, so he is’. I began my artistic design work in an uncompleted building about 11 years ago but today I am blessed beyond measures,” Lewis Ohiri, who said his business proficiency helped him to out-clash foreigners to win competitive contracts from governments and private organisations in Nigeria, stated.
He challenged governments at all levels to take interest in indigenous businessmen whose aptitude and competence in contract bidding and execution are comparable to those of their foreign counterparts, disclosing that his competitive bidding of the design work for Imo and Abia state governments proved sceptics who prefer foreigners wrong.
In his words: “At present, we are working on a 4,500-capacity International Conference Centre, Umahiah for Abia State government, and will be one of the best in Africa with the latest technology, from designing, furnishing to finishing. It will be commissioned in the middle of next year. I want Nigerians to have confidence in Nigerian businessmen,” he said.
The home designer who has won several awards promised to assist the Federal Government in fighting restiveness and insecurity in Nigeria through a number of youth-centred trainings and sensitisation with a view to diffusing the tension in the country.
National Coordinator of Merit Times International, Mr Sunday Okwu in his welcome address said, the occasion provided an opportunity to recognise and promote creative business ideals in Nigeria. He called on men and women of good will to support the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in order to experience the much-needed change in the country.

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