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student should Develop entrepreneurship skills – VC


The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin,
Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has advocated the
development of entrepreneurial skills among
students of the institution.
Prof. Ambali, who was speaking last Wednesday
(August 27, 2014) during the showcasing of
some products fabricated by 200L students of
the Faculty of Engineering and Technology that
recently concluded the 2013/2014 Students’
Work Experience Programme (SWEP), urged the
students to be determined as the emphasis now
is on entrepreneurship training.
Among the items produced by the students are
branded Unilorin chalk, wood joint furniture
such as armless chairs, stools, tables, bottle
opener, burglary proof, a stable vibrator circuit
design and costing of electrical services for a 3-
bedroom flat, impeller, and flood control feature
in concrete works at the University Gate among
The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by
the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research,
Technology and Innovation), Prof. Gabriel
Olatunji, commended the students’ spirit of
determination, saying that the Faculty of
Engineering and Technology, with this
exhibition, has shown the determination to
showcase the University of Ilorin.
Prof. Ambali told the students, “I want you to
please continue on that track. We, as the
management, will not rest on our oars to give
you all the necessary support that you need.
The truth is that there are no more adequate
white collar jobs anywhere not even blue collar
jobs, and so the emphasis is now shifted to
entrepreneurship training.”
While noting that items produced by the
students are veritable sources of revenue
generation, the Vice-Chancellor pointed out that
some private universities in the country are
putting immense efforts into self-sufficiency in
order to bring down costs of items they need
through direct production and sale to the
University community.
Prof. Ambali charged the students to create
outlets for the supply of their products for public
patronage, urging the Department of Chemistry
to follow suit by producing distilled water
among other things, which they could
contribute to the academic community.
While not trying to encourage conservatism, the
Vice-Chancellor commended the students on
the production of the Unilorin branded chalk,
which he examined and for which he expressed
“Yes, the fashion now is to go “chalkless” but
there are still quite a number of people who will
need chalk for a long time and, in any case, we
have seen the problematics of this other type of
board. While we are not saying that we should
be conservative, there are situations where we
still have to use the chalk,” Prof. Ambali said.
The Vice-Chancellor also commended the
leadership of the Faculty, led by the Dean, Prof.
Y.A. Jimoh, for its efforts.
The SWEP Coordinator, Dr M.O. Sunmonu, noted
that there are eight different units under the
SWEP programme so that they can have the
necessary practical skills in Engineering. He
added that students who participated in the
programme included those from the
Departments of Chemical Engineering, Electrical
and Electronics Engineering, Materials and
Metallurgical Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering, Agric and Biosystems Engineering,
and Civil Engineering.
In his remarks, the Dean, Prof. Jimoh, assured
the University management that the money
being invested in the Faculty is not wasted. He
noted that some of the products will be
converted to economic value.

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