Photo: Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji –Bello, Deputy VC, Management Services, Unilag, Professor, Lucian Nwosu, Vice Chancellor, Unilag,, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, 1st Occupier of Dr. Mike Adenuga jr. Professorial Chair ,Professor Sunday Adebisi, Mrs Adetoun Adebisi and Olowo of Owoland, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye during the first special annual lecture of Dr. Mike Adenuga jr. Professorial Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at University of Lagos on Tuesday.
First occupier of Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr. Professorial Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Lagos, Professor Sunday Adebisi, has enjoined government at all levels in Nigeria to embrace “everythingprenuership “.
The academic who doubles as Director of Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Centre of the institution made the clarion call at 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’ which he delivered on Tuesday at the University of Lagos.
The Mike Adenuga Professorial Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies was instituted in 2008 to ignite Entrepreneurship Research and open new frontiers for entrepreneurship knowledge and practice, and enterprise creation in the country’s national life.
He posited that the deliberate intention to embrace “everythingprenuership” will bring about an appreciable value creation in the country while alleviating deprivation, hunger, unemployment, and “japaism” as it also moves many informal businesses into the formal circle.
Said he,”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”.
Prof. Adebisi further noted that all the issues 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.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, in her speech at the ceremony, gave kudos to Dr. Mike Adenuga for partnering with the University in enhancing the frontiers of entrepreneurial academic knowledge and skills acquisition through the endowment.
According to her, the drive of the Board of Trustees of the Adenuga Professorial Chair is moving the University steadily towards the realization of the 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, explained that the lecture was conceptualised to integrate entrepreneurship issues and subsequently create gainful employment in the country.
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