Experts urge promotion of social enterprises




The Abuja chapter of the Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness (MICA), in a bid to alleviate sufferings in the country and promote social enterprises has commenced entrepreneurial training for its members tagged “the concepts of social entrepreneurship and development of social enterprises”.

The training, according to the management of the movement, among others was aimed at understanding the principle of the working of social sectors, strategies for sustainable social sector environment and to understand the logic to urbanize and globalize Dawah engagement.

Speaking further on the purpose of the training, the coordinator, Dr. Popoola Mustapha, said it will add value to those who are socially entrepreneur and create awareness for those who are not socially driven.

One of the resourceful persons, Alhaji Oriyomi Yusuff, asserted that ''a social entrepreneur is mission driven who wants to solve particular problem. He referenced integrity and ethics as sacrosanct to a social

entrepreneur. In most service industries, they offer price
discrimination.'' He advised participants to assist the less privilege in school by subsidizing their tuition. Alhaji Yusuff characterized a social entrepreneur as agent of change, visionary and a mission leader.

“Mission leader, emotionally charged, change agent, opinion leader, and social value creator, socially alert, manager, visionary and highly accountable. A social entrepreneur must be impulsive. He must be opportunity alert”.

 “A social entrepreneur combines the passion of a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination”.

Alhaji Yusuf admonished participants to be socially responsible by investing in social enterprise. According to him, social enterprises ''are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people`s life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, when they profit, society profits.''

Dry toilet was referenced to buttress this opportunity. He said integrity is very important in promoting social entrepreneur.

Dr. Mustapha affirmed the two bottom lines of a social entrepreneur as social impact and profit. He urged participants to identify those deplorable resources in the civil society and maximize the
opportunities inherent in them. To volunteer is to give without being asked, or without being paid. The discrepancy between social entrepreneur and philanthropist was clarified.


“Those sending people to Hajji are philanthropist because their services die with them but the service of social entrepreneur continues even after the demise of founder”.

 He appealed to the Muslim world to always utilize their time for the betterment of mankind.

“If you are not care about your time, it is a sign of destitution”

Dr. Mustapha further while analyzing the connect between the Islam and social enterprises, hinted that the practice and tenets of Islam have so much in common with the growing area of social enterprises. Both share common ground in pursuing social justice and a sense of compassion.


In his recommendation, he advised more training opportunities for Muslim entrepreneurs, promotion of Islamic social enterprise in the health industry, using resources other than money for the enterprise
and expansion of projects within Islamic Centre.