The Founder of Ajayi Polytechnic, Ikere Ekiti, in Ekiti State, Dr. Busayo Ajayi, has called on youths and graduates in the country to embrace entrepreneurship.
He also stressed the need for the country to imbibe the global modern ways of running businesses through Information and Communication Technology.
Ajayi spoke during the institution’s maiden inaugural lecture in Ado Ekiti.
The Director of Learning in the institution, Mr. Tolu Fagbola, said the lecture was to help the students to know the practical realities of businesses and entrepreneurship skills through the ICT as a major factor in how businesses thrive globally.
“In doing business in today’s world, we have moved away from the traditional way characterised by trade by barter over a thousand years ago to the new age of internet-enabled businesses.”
Ajayi lamented that most Nigerian youths and graduates were jobless and unemployable because they lacked the necessary skills and training.
He said the polytechnic was a platform designed to equip them with the required entrepreneurial skills to set up businesses of their own.
Ajayi added that the most important skill needed by the youths of this generation was to be self-reliant and vast in the knowledge of the ICT.
He said, “Innovation, being proactive and able to take risks are some of the characteristics of the entrepreneurship which the youths must develop. It has to do with creating businesses and becoming an employer of labour in the larger business world but within an organisation, it is called entrepreneurship.
“Apart from creating businesses and being employable through the entrepreneurial training, the ICT knowledge will help them to secure jobs in other countries while in Nigeria because we are now in the global world.”
He revealed that the institution was in partnership with Samsung and the British Computer Society to enhance its training scope and confer international recognition on the institution and its graduates.