The Ojoku Polytechnic, based in Ilemona, has collaborated with Face of Liberty International, a non-profit organization to educate students on the need for entrepreneurship.
The event was held on October 26, 2022.
Speaking during the event at the Polytechnic campus in Ilemona on Wednesday, the Rector of the Polytechnic Ojoku, Mr. Salaudeen Oyewale praised Face of Liberty International for extending its hands towards the partnership with the institution.
Oyewale made by Ag. The Registrar of the Polytechnic, Abdulsalam Olaide, said, “as evidence, this is another aspect of our creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. I am very happy and must commend the collaborator of this summit, Face of Liberty International.
“Entrepreneurship is a good way to further challenge our innovation. Our institution is entering into human relations and partnership.
“There is no doubt that this event enabled all of us to gather factual and real-life experiences in starting business activities. I also believe that this event, which is more or less a training, will give each of us a better understanding of the responsibility and confidence, to hold a position as an industry leader and a strong competitor,” he said .
Oyewale called on the students to take advantage of huge opportunities in the Federal Government’s enterprise development program aimed at significantly reducing unemployment and ensuring increased self-employment among graduates.
Also speaking, Hammed J. Sulaiman said that the partnership is going to create a great strategy for potential entrepreneurs who would like to grow their business and share some of the responsibilities of being an entrepreneur.
Hammed, who is the public relations officer for the Polytechnic, said, “as an institution we understand that it is our responsibility to offer solutions to problems in our immediate environment and indeed in society in general.
“Unemployment is one of the contemporary challenges facing the country. We decided to partner with Face of Liberty International to educate our students on the importance of entrepreneurship, the future of the workforce.
“We are extremely committed to converting brains into brawn for Nigeria and indeed the world by accelerating development, and moving directly to higher stages such as knowledge-based tutelage,” Hammed said.
Hammed also asked the government to focus on providing the necessary resources, environment and infrastructure that will help many businesses.
Also, Leonard Ogunweide, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Face of Liberty International said that the choice of influencing the knowledge of the student is because they are the next set of leaders.
“Our choice of students is due to the fact that they are the next set of leaders who can change the community. Fathers and mothers are also our target, but not our main target. Their energy to pull things has diminished due to age, responsibility and other factors.
“On the other hand, students have no responsibility other than attending classes, pressing phones and buying data. They still have no family to attend to.
“We are here to open the public mind to entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. We have seen so many people fail at what they set out to do and this has led to the failure of their businesses. Everyone wants to do what the others are doing without wanting to know the scope of the business or understand why the others started the business in the first place. So they keep failing. They incur loans they cannot pay back and start running from polls to polls.
“So we took it upon ourselves to live up to our motto, which is to use individual creativity for the betterment of humanity.
“We thank the management of the Polytechnic, Ojoku for allowing us.
“We taught them the concept of entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial process, the challenges and opportunities that exist.”
It was Dr. Oluwafemi Kehinde from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering who was present at the event; Dr. Owoseni Adekunle, Ag. Director of Academic Planning; Mr. Azeez Sulaiman Olawale, CEO of Bright Future Integrated Ventures; Mr. Adeniyi Abdullah, Ag. Head of the Accounting Department; among other staff.