Ayo Babalola varsity moves to boost entrepreneurial skill among students
Vice Chancellor, Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Osun State, Prof Sola Fajana, has reiterated the commitment of the institution to imbuing students with necessary skills required for self-sufficiency, as the premier teaching and research university in entrepreneurship.
Fajana, who spoke in Lagos while announcing the 2015 “Think Entrepreneurship Conference” with the theme, “The Entrepreneur in an Uncertain Environment,” said if Nigerian students were adequately exposed to innovative skills, the issue of unemployment, poverty and dependency would have been reduced to the barest minimum.
Expected to attend the conference scheduled for Thursday, May 21 and Friday May 22, 2015 are academics and captains of industries. Among the speakers are Jimi Tewe of Inspiro Consulting and Opy Onas of Idea Mid-wife, United Kingdom.
The vice chancellor said the best and brightest undergraduates, graduates, professional students and other members of the public who want to address challenging issues on climate and energy, food and security, health and politics, would benefit immensely from the symposium, which will also provide information on start-off loan for students with viable and fundable business plans.
He said, “The idea for the conference was birthed from the mission of the founding fathers of our university at inception, which was later adopted as the philosophy of the university. The conference, which kicked off in 2012 is organised by the alumni association of our school and sponsored by the university’s management.
“As the premier university of entrepreneurship in Nigeria, with a wide array of infrastructural facilities and hands-on skills at our skills acquisition centre, coupled with seasoned crop of lecturers as well as professionals in different fields, JABU intends to create ample opportunity for self-sufficiency by equipping all its graduates the capacity for self-employment. By so doing, our graduates would be job creators and not job seekers.
“We want to advance students’ skills and expertise because we believe that with key entrepreneurial competencies, problem solving and analytical skills, societal means of livelihood will be sustainable. We want to provide our students and graduates with the competence for leading entrepreneurial innovations, managing business development and working in business policy and strategic positions,” Fajana added.
He said the problem with Nigerian youths is not lack of ideas or knowledge, but rather lack of inspiration and enabling environment to thrive.
President of the alumni association of the school, Deji Aiyesimoju, remarked that the conference would provide an avenue for people from different parts of the world to network and exchange ideas.