Federal and state governments, as well as Nigerians, have been asked to, as a matter of policy and deliberate intention, embrace “everythingprenuership” to ensure value creation in the country. This will also address the issues of deprivation, hunger, unemployment, and “japaism” and move many informal businesses into the formal circle.
First occupier of Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr. Professorial Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Lagos, Professor Sunday Adebisi, who is also the Director of Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Centre of the institution made the call while delivering the first special lecture of the Professorial Chair entitled, ‘Revolutionizing the Nigerian Economy to Create Jobs and Sustainable Wealth. The Sole Ladder, The Sole Option, The Sole Platform’ on Tuesday at University of Lagos.
He said all the things happening in and around Nigeria are windows of opportunities, adding that the citizens, if given direction and supported with well outlined policies, would help the nation create massive wealth.
“Government should identify possible innovations in the areas of their strength and motivate the citizens to pursue enterprise opportunities there. The three tiers of Government must make a deliberate effort to support the democratization of innovation and entrepreneurship from the next academic session in all levels of education in Nigeria with a good monitoring team at all levels”, Professor Adebisi said.
Earlier in her speech, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, expressed appreciation to Dr. Mike Adenuga for partnering with the University in enhancing the frontiers of entrepreneurial academic knowledge and skills acquisition through the endowment.
She said the drive of the Board of Trustee of the Adenuga Professorial Chair of is leading the University progressively towards the realization of shared dream of the donor and the university which is to use the chair to collectively explore innovative pathways that would not only address economic challenges we face but also pave way for sustainable and prosperous future for our youths.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of Dr. Adenuga Professorial Chair, Professor Taiwo Osipitan, stated that the lecture was designed to explore how to integrate entrepreneurship issues and create gainful employment in the country.
The Mike Adenuga Professorial Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies was instituted in 2008 to ignite Entrepreneurship Research and open a new frontier for entrepreneurship knowledge and practice, and enterprise creation in our nation’s nascent democracy.
L-R – Chairman of the Occasion/ Pro- Chancellor & Chairman of Governing Council, Ajayi Crowther University, Dr. Olutoyin Okeowo, Vice Chancellor, Unilag, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, 1st Occupier of Dr.Adenuga jr. Professorial Chair , Unilag, Professor Sunday Adebisi, Mrs Adetoun Adebisi, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Dr. Adenuga Professorial Chair, Professor Taiwo Osipitan and Registrar, Unilag, Mrs Olakunle Makinde during the first special annual lecture of Dr. Mike Adenuga jr. Professorial Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at University of Lagos on Tuesday.