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  • 2021-02-24 15:03:58


The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi says the strategic pursuit of the acquisition of relevant economic skills amongst Nigerian Youths is the gateway to self-reliance.

Prof. Florence Obi who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Mike Okom stated this at the opening ceremony of the event marking the 2021 Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme held at the Unical International Conference Centre.

Prof Florence Obi said the best way for the youths to brace-up for the economic challenges ahead in the nation and beyond is to acquire relevant skills which will help in their empowerment, improve their economic wellbeing and guarantee financial autonomy or independence.

The Vice Chancellor stated that the Tony Elumelu Foundation is loaded with ideas to impart, mentor and transform youths to be self-reliant and independent while also contributing positively to the growth of the country.

She said the global mentorship programme of Tony Elumelu is aimed at addressing the ignorance of the youths in the country about the possibilities of making wealth.

According to the University helmsman, the foundation has come to their rescue hence she counselled them in these words “despise not the days of the little beginning, learn a craft and become a professional in your own right” and remained focused.

Speaking also at the occasion, the Dean of Students Affairs’, Dr. Tony Enya applauded the Foundation for making Unical the first Institution in Nigeria to be visited since its inception in 2015.

The Dean said that the thrust of the foundation was in tandem with the lofty ideals of the present management of the university whose dream word is achieving exploits in all spheres of human endeavour while also making good use of vista of opportunities.

He stated the need for students and youths in the country to key into commercial networks to improve both their living standard and alleviate the country from the shackles of poverty and wants in the mist of plenty.

Dr Enya reminded the students of the great potentials bestowed in them which are unexploited hence the need to harness the underlying idea of the Founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF).

He urged them to key into the free training, mentorship and seed capital of $5000 as these may improve their fortunes for good.

The Head of Corporate Marketing Communication, Tell Africa, Onyeyirichi Uchendu informed participants at the event that Tell Africa plays a major role in in coordinating and managing the transmission of information between TEF and Tertiary institutions in the country with the sole aim of creating wealth awareness among students.

Onyeyirichi Uchendu said that her office is delighted to form a synergy with Unical owing to the fact that the institution has basic infrastructures to facilitate their training programmes.

She urged students to take advantage of the opportunities as provided by the Foundation to access the grant with the view of becoming a successful entrepreneur

In her remark, the Director of Unical Entrepreneurship Centre (EDC), Prof Christine Ikpeme who was represented by the Deputy Director, Dr Kinsley Abang appealed to the Students to make great use of the opportunities as provided by TEF as the training obtained from the centre will put them in good stead.

The Director emphasized that the training and empowerment of Special Skills will put them on vantage position and also insulate them from being used by politicians for Vices inimical to their growth.


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