The Founder, Ajayi Polytechnic, Ikere Ekiti, in Ekiti State, Dr. Busayo Ajayi , has called on Nigerian youths and graduates of higher institutions in the country to always develop an entrepreneurship
mindset for their advancement.
Dr. Ajayi, also stressed the need for the country to imbibe the global modern ways of running businesses through Information and Communication Technology, ICT.
Ajayi, who spoke at the weekend, during the institution’s maiden inaugural lecture in the institution on Entrepreneurship and Basics of Business skills held at the polytechnic conference hall in Ekiti State.
Also, speaking on the lecture, the Director of learning in the institution, Mr. Tolu Fagbola said it 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 characterized by trade by barter over a thousand years ago to the new age of internet enabled businesses.”
He added that the biggest businesses in the world today such as pay pall, Amazons,google, facebook, Uber etc do not physical infrastructure but are operated using the power of internet.
The proprietor who lamented that most Nigerian youths and graduates are jobless and unemployable because they lack the necessary skills and training said the polytechnic was a platform designed to equip
them with the required entrepreneurial skills to set up businesses of their own.
Ajayi, who holds a Ph.D in Entrepreneurship said the most important skill needed by the youths of this generation to be self-reliant and independence was for them acquire entrepreneurial skill and be vast in
the knowledge of the ICT.
“Innovativeness, being proactive and ability 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 organization 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 global
He revealed that the institution was in partnership with Samsung and British Computer Society to enhanced its training scope and confer international recognition on the institution and its graduates said seminar were organized for corps members at the NYSC orientation camp at Ise-Orun Ekiti by the polytechnic on entrepreneurship and ICT.
According to Fagbola, “60 percent of Nigerians are connected to the internet. There are real opportunities there to help people understand how business are run today through the power of ICT.
“ It is to teach them about 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 and to make the most of business opportunities and other available profitable platforms here in Nigeria and on the global scale”.
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