The Vice -Chancellor of the Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Prof. Peace Babalola, on Wednesday, called for increased grants and low- interest loans for young entrepreneurs.
Babalola made the call at a press conference held to herald the second convocation of the institution scheduled to hold on Thursday.
Babalola told newsmen that five of the 28 students that would pass out on Thursday graduated in the first class division, adding that all from he students were female.
The VC emphasised that the school paid high premium on entrepreneurial education to enable its graduates compete favourably with their peers in the local and the global market.
“At the Chrisland University, our students graduate with both Bachelor of Science Degree as well as entrepreneurial certificates.
” Our students take entrepreneurial courses right from their first year till their final year in school,” she said.
She noted, however, that many Nigerian students with entrepreneurial skills often found it dfficult to breakthrough into the market because of lack of fund.
Babalola who noted that the federal government had put in place such schemes like the N-power programme called for more facilities to help them actualise their potentials.
Mrs Sarah Anyang, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology and Human Resources at the African Union (AU) who corroborated the VC stressed the need to link such youths with the end users.
“The government needs to create an avenue whereby the research products of these young entrepreneurs get to the end users.
” This can be done by linking them with the private companues which might be interested in their products so as to protect their intellectual property,” she said.