Vanguard (Lagos)

31 January 2013

Nigeria: JABU VC Urges NUC to Make Sife Mandatory

Vice-CHANCELLOR, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Professor Sola Fajana, has called on the National Universities Commission, NUC, and other educational supervisory agencies to make entrepreneurial activism and Students in Free Enterprise, SIFE, membership mandatory for all Nigerian students at the tertiary education level.

He gave the advice in his welcome address during the SIFE Annual Team Leaders/Faculty Advisors Training Programme held in JABU.

Themed Top 10 Leadership Training Programme 2013: Building Leaders, Inspiring Change, the programme had in attendance no fewer than 400 student leaders from over 30 universities who were accompanied by their Faculty Advisers (FAs).

Fajana also stressed the need for courageous, intelligent and dedicated leaders who were receptive, saying the training programme engaged in open discourses with diverse topics, and that it would challenge other participants and develop group dynamics.

He reiterated JABU's commitment to the development of entrepreneurship in Nigeria by empowering the youths with the necessary skills and values which would enable them become concerned citizens, forward thinkers, and persons of integrity.

The Country Director of SIFE, which was rebranded in October 2012 as Enactus, Mrs. Adesuwa Ifedi, noted that SIFE did not comprise only students, but also academics, business leaders and other people with passion for entrepreneurship and youth empowerment.

She described how great leaders such as Folu Ayeni of Tantalizers brought about a change in the fast food area by introducing African dishes to the public; also Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerbarg, founder of Apple International and the founder of Facebook respectively, who changed the world through their exceptional ideas and were so celebrated. She encouraged the participants to take up leadership skills, create ideas and make their lives and Nigeria better.

SIFE (ENACTUS) is an international non-profit organisation which works with leaders in the corporate world and academics to organise tertiary institutions students to make an impact and a difference in their environment.

The training programme was spiced up with exciting and motivating activities which included talks, with the Vice-Chancellor as one of the resources persons; revelations on how to secure admission to any American university; and gateway to e-resources on the internet, etc.

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