Founder of Ajayi Polytechnic, Ikere-Ekiti in Ekiti State, Dr. Busayo Ajayi, has described entrepreneurial skills as the antidote to the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria.
Ajayi, who urged young graduates to always develop an entrepreneurship mindset for their personal advancement, also challenged Nigeria to learn how to run businesses through Information Communication Technology (ICT).
He spoke during the institution’s maiden Inaugural lecture titled: ‘Entrepreneurship and Basics of Business Skills’ last week.
Most Nigerian young graduates, Ajayi lamented, are either jobless or outright unemployable because they lack the necessary skills and training. “This is why Ajayi Polytechnic was born to address this shortfall,” the founder noted.
Ajayi added: “Innovativeness means being proactive and being able to take risks. These are some of the characteristics of entrepreneurship, which the youths must develop. It has to do with creating businesses and becoming an employer of labour in the larger business world.
“Aside from creating businesses and being employable through the entrepreneurial training, ICT knowledge will help them secure jobs in other countries while resident in Nigeria because we are now in a global world.”
He said the institution is in partnership with Samsung and British Computer Society to enhance its training scope and confer international recognition on the institution.
The institution’s Director of Learning, Mr. Tolu Fagbola, said the seminar was to help students know practical realities of businesses and entrepreneurship skills through ICT as the driving tool.
Fagbola said: “Sixty per cent of Nigerians are connected to the Internet. There are real opportunities to help people understand how businesses are run today through ICT.
“It (seminar) is to teach them how to connect business and entrepreneurship with ICT so that they can be globally competitive; to introduce them to businesses they can set up in their rooms and trade Internationally while making the most of the business opportunities.