Towards Nigeria’s quest for accelerated economic growth, it is important that active and virile youth population is assisted to develop and convert their innovative ideas into business ventures. These skills can be acquired particularly by those so innately inclined. This underscores the need to actively promote and train students to be entrepreneurial within our educational system. The course aims at re-orientating students towards a job- creation mind-set rather than the fixed attitude of job seeking. It. will equip them with the skills required in establishing businesses or making them add value to existing systems, if employed in organizations. The main objective is to introduce students to concepts and opportunities available in entrepreneurship and innovation. It assumes no previous knowledge and takes students through the rudiments of entrepreneurship – to selecting a desired business and starting it with a Feasibility Report.
The specific objectives of the GST 2223 (To decide on Code later) (Introduction to Entrepreneurship) and GST 3211 (Entrepreneurship), also to be taught under the General Studies Programme as reflected in the above table, are to enable students to:
- Understand the basic concepts of enterprise, entrepreneur, business, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.
Analyse the historical perspective of entrepreneurship in Nigeria, and relate it to the recent trend of unemployment, under-employment and job dissatisfaction, personal, national and global economic recession.
- Identify the roles of entrepreneurial development agencies and regulatory bodies.
- Cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship.
- Correct wrong attitudes and mind-sets and develop high entrepreneurial potential in student.
- Select possible business ideas.
- Build the capacity to develop business plan to start a business.