SMEDAN Launches Entrepreneurial Club at Ibom Metropolitan Polytechnic to Foster Self-Reliance Among Students

The Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)

The Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has taken a significant step towards promoting self-reliance and entrepreneurship among students by inaugurating an Entrepreneurial Club at Ibom Metropolitan Polytechnic, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Mr. Charles Odii, the Director General of SMEDAN, emphasized the importance of equipping students with entrepreneurial skills during the inauguration ceremony held at the school premises. He highlighted the need for a holistic approach to entrepreneurship education, beyond mere skill acquisition, to ensure graduates are fully prepared to navigate the challenges of the job market and become job creators.

Odii underscored SMEDAN’s commitment to supporting club members through mentorship programs and facilitating access to funding opportunities. He urged students to embrace innovation and strive to launch their products even before graduation.

Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Education, echoed the significance of integrating skills and entrepreneurial development into formal education. She emphasized the Ministry of Education’s support for a comprehensive educational approach that combines academic learning with practical skills acquisition.

Engr. Nnamonso Akpabio, the Rector of Ibom Metropolitan Polytechnic, commended SMEDAN for choosing the institution as the launch venue for the Entrepreneurial Club. He encouraged students to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the club to become future job creators.

Additionally, Engr. Victor Williams, the proprietor of the polytechnic, emphasized the institution’s commitment to providing students with specialized skills and vocational training. He highlighted the importance of global certification in enhancing students’ employability and urged the state government to sponsor international certification for trainees to broaden their job prospects.

Williams emphasized the potential of skilled graduates to contribute to the state’s economy by attracting foreign investment and generating foreign exchange. He urged the government to prioritize sponsoring international certification for students to enable them to compete effectively in the global job market.

The inauguration of the Entrepreneurial Club at Ibom Metropolitan Polytechnic marks a significant milestone in fostering entrepreneurship and self-reliance among students, signaling a collective effort towards building a vibrant and sustainable economy in Akwa Ibom State.

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