NUC SECRETARY TASKS CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF HIGHER INSTITUTIONS ON ENTREPRENURSHIP

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, has asked Chief Executives of Institutions of higher Learning in Nigeria to wholeheartedly support and promote entrepreneurial Training in the country. This, according to him, is to ensure that graduates from Nigerian Institutions become global economic players by becoming job creators and not seekers.

Professor Okojie was speaking at the Chief Executives Entrepreneurship Education Retreat,organized for Chairmen of Governing Councils, Vice- Chancellors, Rectors, Provosts of Higher Institutions in Nigeria and other Chief Executives and Directors, by the Kwara State University, Malete.

The NUC secretary who was represented by the Director of Entrepreneurial Studies of the Commission, Professor Adebisi Balogun, lamented the present situation whereby many Nigerian graduates areunemployable. This, he said is because of the lack of requisite skills to make meaningful contributions to the present day resource needs of Nigeria. He ascribedresponsibility for changingthestatus –quo to Chief Executives of higher institutionsof learning and called for commitment to entrepreneurialtannings of Nigerian undergraduates. Thestatus-quo, according to him,must be destroyed to meeteconomic development. Nigerian graduates he says must be innovative and creative global players in the world economy as well ascreative agents of economic transformation.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, said the world is at a stage now whereall nations which want to be global players in the world economy, must change to meet global demands of enterprise creation.

He emphasized the need for helmsmen of institutions of higher learning to be committed to the crusade to transform education in Nigeria, to make Nigerian graduate job creators, instead of job seekers roaming the streets in search ofnon-existing jobs. While noting the abundant resources in the country the country, the university don, stressed the need for all to join the global drive for entrepreneurial growth and integration in our society.‘’Entrepreneurship’’ he declared must be our way of life in Nigeria, our educational system must change to encompass entrepreneurial training’’. He added that the way we live must change and our community must learn to develop itself. He stated that the need to change must be very clear.

The Vice-Chancellor further said that for Nigerian Universities, the only way entrepreneurial centers in the various institutions can thrive and achieve results is by having chief executives as motivators  who are committed to the entrepreneurial drive. According to him, entrepreneurship should be significantly integrated into the studies of Nigerian undergraduates no matter the course of study. KWASU, he says, is trying to mobilize all institutions in Nigeria towards entrepreneurial development in the Country.

In his own remarks, Director Entrepreneurship studies, Pan African University, Mr. Peter Bankole, pointed out that Universities must work hard to tackle unemployment and noted the need for all, irrespective of individual fields of specialization, to be involved in entrepreneurship. “That is how America made it’’ he said.

Speaking earlier, the Director Kwara State University Center for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Muritala Awodun, noted the need for Nigerian Universities to begin addressingthe unemployment problems of Nigerian graduates and the need for a paradigm change in the attitude of Chief Executives of Nigerian Universities towards this.

The Chief Executives Entrepreneurship Education Retreat organized at the Obudu Cattle Ranch, Cross Rivers State, Nigeria holds between the28th of February to 3rd of March, 2014.