CU, GoldTracks Hold SME Workshops
A two-day Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME) Workshop, jointly organised by Covenant University and GoldTracks Business Palace Limited has commenced at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies, on the University campus in Canaan Land, Ota, Ogun State.
The workshop which is being held under the auspices of the Directorate of Industry Partnership, took off on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, and will cover such areas as ‘Mind Management,’ ‘Business Models & Business Plans,’ ‘Quality Production and Industrial Management,’ ‘Relevance of Record Keeping to SMEs in Nigeria: The Way Forward,’ and ‘Accessing Low Interest Loan from Nigerian Banks.’
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye, who declared the event open on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, appreciated the members of the Directorate of Industry Partnership and the Management of GoldTracks Limited for their efforts in the successful take-off of the joint workshop initiative. She stated that the initiative was very timely and fits in well with the goals of the University to become one of the top ten universities in the world in ten years.
Advising participants at the programme, Professor Abioye pointed out that the workshop is focusing on transforming business ideas into actions. “Everybody has ideas,” she said, “but these ideas would just be there, if they are not developed. So, you need a mentor, somebody to assist you in developing your ideas and coming up with transferable skills.”
Quoting from Zechariah 4:10, she stated: “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” Recovering the destiny of Nigeria, according to her, would not happen overnight; it took years for us to get here, so we all have to make our contributions towards recovering our lost glory as a nation, one step at a time.
“If you are already employed, you can have an alternative means of income and if you are unemployed, you can become an entrepreneur and be able to support yourself and also employ others,” she urged.
The Director, Industry Partnership Unit, Professor Olawole Obembe, in his remarks, welcomed all participants and appreciated the management of the University for its support in actualising the workshop initiative. He enjoined all participants to maximise the opportunity for greater success in business, while urging those prospecting for business start-ups to be open to incentives on how to concretize their business ideas in the course of the training.
In his remarks, the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies, Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi, urged the participants to explore the full benefits of the well packaged workshop in a serene environment like CU to carve a niche for themselves in their various business ventures.
He pointed out that the current economic situation in the country requires that everyone should have an alternative means of income and not just put all their eggs in one basket. Apart from that, he noted the need for individuals to not only be self-reliant, but to become employers of labour, thereby helping to lighten the responsibility of government to provide jobs for its citizens.
“Entrepreneurship is a compulsory course for all our undergraduate students. We train our undergraduate students and it is on record that 74% of CU students are practicing and successful entrepreneurs in their various areas of interest. Not only that, they are creating jobs for other people,” he stated.
Making his remarks at the event, the Chief Executive Officer, GoldTracks Business Palace Limited, Pastor Abimbola Adewole, enthused about the commencement of the training partnership, stating that it is a significant development for GoldTracks Limited.
“The company,” he said, “is honoured to be a part of the drive towards the accomplishment of the University’s vision to become one of the Top ten Universities in the world in ten years.”
Also present at the event were the members of the Directorate of Industry Partnership and members of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies.