The National University Commission (NUC), British Council (BC) and Directors of Entrepreneurship Centres of Nigeria (EDCs), among others gathered recently to brainstorm on fine-tuning ways by which the entrepreneurial skill of students can be developed.
During the meeting, it became an issue to develop the draft policy guidelines on entrepreneurship education & innovation which would centre on entrepreneurship studies for job creation and national development.
The brainstorming session saw the stakeholders reach a decision that students should be accessed based on solution proffered in addressing challenges; and that universities should encourage students on entrepreneurship through registration of patent.
The session also considered that universities should design accelerator or incubator programmes to aid students; and that successful entrepreneurs should be used as mentors in the universities to encourage young entrepreneurs.
While speaking during the occasion the Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, said that entrepreneurship and skill development had become a critical part of economic development strategy employed by several countries globally to achieve micro and macro-economic growth.
He expressed that the entrepreneurship came to the fore due to the realization that the successful implementation of the core objectives of these concepts (Entrepreneurship and Skill Development) in any economy guaranteed self-sufficiency and prosperity for all members of the community as it occupied the centre stage for job creation.
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