By Laide Akinboade
ABUJA—The Federal Government has made entrepreneurial studies compulsory in all universities in the country.
According to the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, the promotion of entrepreneurship in the 129 universities will tackle insecurity challenges facing the country.
The Minister, who disclosed this while declaring open the annual National Entrepreneurship Week, ANEW, in Abuja, said: “The introduction of Entrepreneurship Education as a compulsory unit under the General Studies, GST, programme in Nigerian universities places emphasis on the nation’s yearning to assist the youth gain economic independence.
“It is my pleasure to inform you that Entrepreneurship Education is compulsory in all 129 universities in Nigeria. In addition, some universities offer entrepreneurship education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
“Today, the course has been adopted as one of the strategies of producing functional graduates.”
Shekarau, who was represented by Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, said since no nation could develop without entrepreneurial education, all universities in the country should introduce the programme as quickly as possible.
He said the ANEW forum was, therefore, a clear testimony of the commission’s foresightedness in providing opportunities for mentoring students and allowing them to demonstrate their innovative ideas in solving critical challenges of their communities.
Deputy Executive Secretary of NUC, Dr. Chinedu Mafiana, who represented Professor Okojie, said the introduction of entrepreneurial education in 2006 by Federal Government was a deliberate policy adopted to instil relevant skills for survival and global competitiveness.
He said: “I would, therefore, like to reiterate that the 2014 ANEW programme was initiated to stimulate and equip students with necessary tools and know-how to contribute to socio-economic development of the nation and eventually compete globally.
He tasked all universities in the country to ensure that Nigerian graduates strive to acquire skills that would enable them compete favourably with their counterparts across the globe.