The Ekiti State University has taken steps to make her students to be creators of jobs and self reliance after graduation. To this end, a sensitization Workshop on Entrepreneurship Programme organized by the EKSU Entrepreneurship Centre has taken place.
At the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of EKSU, Prof. Oladipo Aina said EKSU was one of the first set of Nigerian Universities to meet the directive of the National Universities Commission (NUC) on the inclusion of Entrepreneurship studies in the University curriculum. Prof. Aina expressed regret that many Nigerian graduates could not find decent employment after graduation which in turn has adversely affected the growth of the nation. He added that the entrepreneurship study initiative was mooted by the Federal Government, Nigerian Universities Commission and the Committee of Vice-Chancellors’ to change the orientation of graduates and make them self-reliant after graduation.
The Vice-Chancellor commended the efforts of EKSU Entrepreneurship Centre which, he said, had been well positioned to carry out the core mandate of training undergraduates to acquire specific vocational and
entrepreneurship skills in different areas in addition to their major
Prof. Aina expressed optimism that the gains of the Sensitization workshop would add value to the vision of the University to transit into a World-Class institution with graduates who could be sought after in the competitive labour market. The Director of the EKSU entrepreneurship studies Centre, Prof. Bayo Oloyede explained that the NUC introduced entrepreneurship as a course of study in the University curriculum to equip graduates with entrepreneurial attitudes, values and mental capacity for creative
thinking and innovative ideas.
Prof. Oloyede outlined the specific objectives of EKSU-entrepreneurship study centre to include: provision of
opportunity for entrepreneurial education in the University, imparting entrepreneurial skills in students, staff and external members as well as creating and promoting entrepreneurial awareness and opportunities.
The two-day Sensitization workshop was attended by both teaching and non-teaching staff and students while resource persons were drawn from across the nation.