A business expert, Gideon Osi, has called on the government at all levels to make entrepreneurial studies compulsory in the academic curriculum of tertiary institutions in the country.
This, Osi, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Gosima Group, said would inspire undergraduates to seek to become creators and not seekers of jobs upon graduation from school.
He made the call on Saturday, at his investiture into the Governing Council of the board of Havilla University in Abuja.
The business mogul was inducted into the council of Havilla University, Cross River State, by its founder and chancellor, Jones Tangban.
He noted that the government alone cannot create jobs for teeming Nigerian youths, saying that they need to become self-reliant by acquiring entrepreneurial skills that are relevant to their course of study while still in school.
He said, “Entrepreneurship is one of the fundamental support bases of every society that will succeed, so we must build institutions that will have an entrepreneur mindset in students from the day of resumption.
“Every student should understand that what they are studying has entrepreneurial components. So, if you are reading any course, you must ask yourself what is your place in the marketplace.
“From the beginning, students should be aligned with mentors they can link up with so that during holidays they do not just go home to waste time on their phones and social media.
“So when they go home they link up with their mentors and they spend holidays with companies so they will prepare their minds on their place in the labour market and what they want to become.
“So, we imbibe in their attributes of entrepreneurs, the ability to take a calculated risk, ability to make sacrifices, ability to build something from nothing.
“University must have a council that will ensure this is carried out so that at the end of the day we will have graduates that create jobs and not job seekers.”
He expressed gratitude to the leadership of Havilla University for considering him worthy to serve in its Governing Council.
He pledged to use his wealth of experience as a seasoned entrepreneur and a leader as contributions to repositioning the institution as a council member.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor of Havilla University, Adewale Banjo, congratulated Osi as the new member of the council.
Banjo said he was happy and willing to work with members of the governing council in building the university.
“Based on your antecedents, you have shown competence and character.
So, we strongly believe that your wealth of experience and character will be significantly felt in Havilla University,” he said.
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