Covenant University Hosts Africa’s Entrepreneurs Boot Camp
Not less than 1, 000 Entrepreneurs from 51 African countries were camped at Covenant University between Friday, June 10 to Sunday 12, 2015 in a 3-day Boot Camp organized by the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Parminder Vir Obe, and her team paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo and the Management Team of Covenant University to express their appreciation for hosting the event and to intimate them of the programme schedule.
Parminder Obe noted that the Vision and Mission of the University are in line with the Tony Elumelu Foundation, which is set to commit $100 million (One Hundred million US Dollars) to empower and grow 10, 000 entrepreneurs in Africa in the next 10 years.
The CEO said that the Foundation received over 20, 000 applications from entrepreneurs in 52 African countries since the programme was announced, out of which only 1, 000 were selected from 51 countries cutting across various disciplines. The entrepreneurs, according to her, would be encouraged to interact and network which she said can be easily made possible by the available facilities on campus.
Parminder Obe express gratitude and commended the University Management and staff for what she called the “fantastic” support received since the Foundation made her intention known about the Boot Camp.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ayo in his remarks informed the visitors that the University pioneered the entrepreneurship education in the Country. It was introduced by the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo in order for the graduates of the University to become employers of labour rather than to seek employment after graduation.
He added that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had since adopted the Entrepreneurial Development Studies into the curricular of university education in the Country.
Professor Ayo noted, in the words of the Chancellor that, “Success is not about the amount of wealth amassed but the contributions to humanity,” which according to him, aptly described the efforts of the Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu, not only in Nigeria but Africa in general.
He announced that the University, through her Open and Distance Learning platform, would introduce the entrepreneurial education to those who may be interested and invite the Foundation to be part of it in order to expand the scope and fulfill the visions of both institutions in that regard.
“We see a future in what the Foundation is out to do and believe that it will achieve the vision before the set time, thereby improving the situations of the people of Africa.”
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Registrar of the University, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, expressed gladness that the University is hosting the maiden edition of the Boot Camp and called for further collaboration between the two institutions.
Also at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Deji Okubanjo; Director, Physical Planning and Development, Architect Gbenga Alalade; Director, Academic Planning, Dr. Akan Williams and Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies, Dr. Chinonye Moses.