Students of the Kwara State University have been challenged to be employers of labour and not job seekers.
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed made this statement at the 2011 KWASU Entrepreneurship Week Celebration held at the premises of the Institution.
Governor Ahmed who was represented by the Commissioner for Education Human Capital Development, Alhaji Muhammed Raji. Governor Ahmed Commended the University for its programme aimed at unleashing ideas, through the exposure of the hidden potentials of Nigerian’s youth.
Earlier the Vice-Chancellor of the school Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah explained that all efforts of Kwara State University are aimed at moving the community forward, adding that KWASU has always been the University for Community Development.
The University Don explained, KWASU has obtained a 70million naira ETF intervention fund for the KWASU Entrepreneurial Centre which will enable KWASU achieve its aim of producing graduates who are equipped and prepared to be creators of employment.
Professor Na’Allah said all KWASU graduates are prepared to be fully employed on graduation with financial backing through the centre for entrepreneurship. The Vice Chancellor, added that the school employs some students as part of its work force and mandates every business on campus to employ students as 20 percent of its work force. He condemned the attitude of some youths who look down on certain professions and vocations, noting that every job is important while charging all prospective entrepreneurs who want to embark on projects to ensure that such ventures not only make profit but have relevance to their host community. Kwara State University, Professor Na’Allah explained is collaborating with the State Ministry of Industry to introduce entrepreneurial studies in primary and post primary schools all over the state.
Earlier the Director of KWASU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Dr. Muritala Awodun, explained that KWASU in one of 24,000 partners of the Kauffman Foundation celebrating the Global Entrepreneurship Week world over.
According to him, the State Government established KWASU as an entrepreneurial development and skill acquisition Institution. That is why, he explained, all KWASU students from 200 level must go through the Entrepreneurship Programme.
He informed the gathering that KWASU will met the entrepreneurial need of the State, as it is geared towards developing the economic base of Kwara State and its people.
Dr. Awodun added that, this is the reason why KWASU’s Entrepreneurship Centre is out to assist students to be graduates who can set up businesses and empower the society.
The week long programme will feature lectures on the 16th and 17th of November, 2011 at the KWASU Auditorium Malete, while the grand finale will be a closing ceremony and entrepreneurship appreciation award ceremony where the discussion will be on “The Spirit of Entrepreneurship”.
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