The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta,(FUNAAB) Ogun State, Prof. Felix Salako has advised Students of the institution to put in their creativity and productivity skills to work and to utilise the entrepreneurial opportunities provided by the school in achieving their sole aim in the near future.
Prof. Salako, gave the advice during the Enterprise Education Workshop and Book Distribution Programme, organised by the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YOUWIN) connect.
The VC represented by the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Babatunde Idowu, said university leadership was encouraging students to be innovative by providing them with a viable platform to demonstrate their skills.
Yet he told the students to concentrate more on producing value ideas, meaning that money would come later.
Mrs. Bolatito Adebiyi said the project was an initiative of the Federal Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning during a talk on the YOUWIN Connect Project.
She said YOUWIN Connect is centered on youth empowerment for graduates, undergraduates and those with skills to be innovative.
She urged students to create ideas that would make them independent, stating that Nigeria was making diversification possible in the enterprise sector.
In his presentation on “Plan, Start and Grow”, a lecturer in FUNAAB Department of Entrepreneurial Studies, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Dr. Ola Oyedele, stressed the need for youths to stand on their own.
The don said the YOUWIN Connect Project was a multimedia programme of the Federal Government aimed at addressing the core challenges militating against the identification and growth of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) among youth.
The programme, he further said, targets agriculture/agro-processing, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), fashion, manufacturing/retail, and the construction sectors.
He advised students to be unique at what they do and have a sustainable competitive advantage over others, stating that creativity was the bedrock of any business idea.
Earlier, the Deputy Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Taofeek Shittu, while sharing ideas on how to identify lucrative opportunities, advised students to acquire skills that would help them manage their business ideas.
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He noted that there is a business with lots of possibilities in agriculture and other sectors for all that human beings do. He urged students to develop expertise and see the organization in everything they participate in.