The management of the University of Calabar, as well as that of the Cross River University of Technology on Monday, commended Punch Nigeria Limited for making books that will arm graduating students with entrepreneurial skills available.
The Punch company had donated four sets of books titled: Managing a Successful Small-Scale Business; Job Hunting and Career Success; and Building Entrepreneurial Skills (volume 1 and 2) to the higher institutions to prepare students for life after school.
The Vice Chancellor of UNICAL, Prof. Zana Akpagu, who commended the company for singling out the institution as a beneficiary, said the media organisation had been in the forefront of promoting developmental journalism in the country.
Akpagu, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Patrick Udonwa, however, urged Punch to impress it on stakeholders to provide start-up funds for small-scale entrepreneurs.
“The books that you have provided will be used appropriately but we need to state that even graduates that are out of school cannot go into entrepreneurship because of lack of capital. The newspaper should take a further step to inform other stakeholders on the need to provide start-up capital to small-scale entrepreneurs,” he said.
Also, the Vice Chancellor of CRUTECH, Prof. Anthony Owan-Enoh, who led the institution’s management team to receive the books, commended the media organisation for the gesture.
In his presentation, a Senior Assistant Manager, Advertisement, Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Osoba, said the books were tailored towards preparing students for entrepreneurship rather than relying on government jobs.