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The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) says the agency has partnered with 50 tertiary institutions across the country to prepare their students for a successful entrepreneurial journey.
The General Manager of SMEDAN, Mr. Olawale Fasanya, made this known in Lagos during the opening ceremony of the SMEDAN Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Program (TINEDEP) at the University-Enterprise Development Center (EDC ) from PAN Africa.
Fasanya, who was represented by the Director of Partnership and Coordination of SMEDAN, Dr. Friday Opara, underlined the need for teachers to have an entrepreneurial spirit to successfully support their students throughout the course of learning. entrepreneurship.
He said the program aims to equip teachers with the tools and techniques needed to prepare students for the fourth industrial revolution, following the paradigm shift in education.
The Director-General said this can only be achieved through effective training and entrepreneurship development to bridge the gaps between the university classroom and the field.
He noted that the program would also give the tools and offer comprehensive hands-on sessions to broaden participants’ knowledge in the learning process.
“In our current education system, certificates and diplomas only prepare students to be job seekers and not job creators.
“The curriculum of the higher education institution must place the necessary emphasis on entrepreneurship and vocational training.
“The training prepares students to become entrepreneurs and job creators, because the future is competence and competence is the future.
“The concept is designed to instill in students intelligent and intellectual awareness of their surroundings to enable them to maximize their existence and potential.
“It’s an adaptable education that will prepare students for the self-employment that must necessarily be the ultimate,” he said.
The director of the Center for Business Development at the Pan-Atlantic University of Lagos said that the program is organized for all teachers in higher education institutions who teach entrepreneurship.
Bamkole said the initiative aims to empower teachers to instill entrepreneurship in students.
He advised aspiring entrepreneurs to join a network of like-minded people to share ideas within the ecosystem.
“We have about 50 institutions here, and usually every Nigerian is a born entrepreneur.
“However, there are techniques that will help nurture it, so that opportunities are better understood when they arise,” he said.
Also, Head of Department of Business Administration at Arthur Jarvis University, Cross River, DrUduakMbong commended SMEDAN for organizing the event, saying it will provide a network to improve the practice of entrepreneurship at school.
Commenting, the Director of the Entrepreneurship Development Center of the Federal University of BirninKebbi, Professor Isa Garba said that after the program he should be able to offer a modem to teach entrepreneurship to the university where he teaches.
Garba emphasized the need for increased collaboration and partnership among participants to enable him to build a better ecosystem in his institution.