By Nkiru Odinkemelu
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has restated the university’s position to support any initiative aimed at preparing the students for the challenges of life.
Prof. Ambali stated this while speaking at the official launch of the Repertoire Initiative and exhibition organized by SqyGround Africa Enterprises in collaboration with the Federation of UNESCO Clubs of Nigeria, held at the Unilorin Multipurpose Hall.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Dean, Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences (CIS), Prof J. S. Sadiku, said that the university is appreciative and supportive of the Repertoire Initiative that is complimenting the efforts to achieve the objectives of making the students self-reliant as well as job creators.
“The university promises to continue to support any initiative of this nature that is aimed at preparing our students for the challenges of life,” he said. “It is for these purposes that we have incorporated entrepreneurship courses that are compulsory for all our students in our curriculum.”
Ambali said that there is already a growing recognition that jobs have become scarce, and youth entrepreneurship has become an important strategy for integrating youth into labour markets, thereby addressing the unemployment challenges.
In his opening remarks earlier, the CEO/Founder of the Project, who is a 400 level student of the Department of Information and Communication Science, Mr. Ibrahim Shittu, described the project as a platform meant to connect student entrepreneurs across tertiary institutions in Nigeria onto a robust network for collaborative work.
According to him, the project is also aimed at linking student entrepreneurs with new and existing schemes, investors and agencies for establishment or sustainability of start-ups using their five major goals, namely: identifying, testing, verifying, connecting, and promoting strategies.
The founder added that the project will augment other entrepreneurship programmes by integrating student entrepreneurs with established platforms which will consequently break poverty cycle in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
In his address, the Director of the Technical and Entrepreneurship Centre (TEC), Dr. Umar Gunnu, represented by Mr. Yusuf Abdullateef, said the only way to improve the country is to empower the youths, adding that the programme, as organized will create such platform.
Also speaking, the president of the Federation of UNESCO Clubs of Nigeria (FUCN), Mr. John-Paul Usman, said sustainable development provides environment, society and economy components, which Repertoire has carefully considered.
Noting that we live in a world that is increasingly marked by a growing interdependence in all areas of human activity, Mr. Usman said the UNESCO Clubs have proved to be reliable and effective partners through which UNESCO creates awareness among the populace by mobilizing and supporting initiatives of this nature.
A major highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Repertoire website and exhibitions by different University of Ilorin student entrepreneur groups such as Haddiee Clothing, Smith Graphics, Amugold Group, OffKrents, Bint Khidr Ventures, MED Photography, Unbreakable Image, Joseph Eric Clothings, TouchofGold, among others.