You-Lead Africa gives Bowen students N1.6m grant for developing mobile app

You-Lead Africa, a non-governmental organisation under Dotam Group established to promote the growth of entrepreneurs in the country, has offered Bowen University students a sum of N1.6million grant to complete their mobile app solution research for public use.

Speaking at the Entrepreneurship  Conference organised by the benefactor company, held at Landmark  Towers, Lagos, recently,  the project coordinator of the body, Mrs Ozioma Okafor described Bowen University entrepreneurial education and skill development curriculum as effective and necessary to make students self-sufficient and relevant even at the global economy.

She expressed satisfaction with the high level the university exposed its students to problem-solving entrepreneurship education.

According to her, the grant was released to help the students complete their projects for public use as soon as possible, as she urged stakeholders to invest in student entrepreneurship projects to reduce the rate of unemployment while solving societal problems.

One of the beneficiaries of the grant, Joshua Ajulo, a 100L  student of the Religious Studies Programme in the university,  was given N1 million grant to complete his e-commerce mobile app, designed to address price irregularity and extortion culture among vendors on the campus. The app, he said would also help the university to generate not less than  N5millon monthly. 

Also, Oliseh Evans Chukwunenye’s group got a N.6million grant to complete their mobile app services designed to control Bikes and other activities on the campus. According to them, it would be ready for use within six months.

The beneficiaries of the grants attributed their success story to the entrepreneurial education that the university has exposed them to as a compulsory course of study on the campus, where experts in different professions were asked to train students on the rudiments of entrepreneurship.

Prince Usman Hamzat, the chairman of Ifako-Ijaye local government in Lagos, during the presentation ceremony, commended the efforts of the Bowen students and the university management in the pursuit of entrepreneurship. He encouraged the students not to rest on their laurels, but press forward to break new grounds.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ogunwole highlighted how godliness drives excellence in the university, and how it aligns with the values of You-Lead Africa organization. He emphasized the need for a strategic partnership to ensure that Bowen students get access to funds and mentorship to bring their ideas to reality. He encouraged participants to always pursue value addition wherever they find themselves.


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Entrepreneurial education should surpass shoemaking, tie-dye in varsity ― Bowen VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Joshua Ogunwole has said that entrepreneurial education should surpass skill acquisition of shoemaking, tie-dye and other related vocations in the university.

Speaking at a lecture delivered by Professor Adebisi Adebowale, which was organized by the university, scheduled to mark the 20th anniversary of the institution held recently, Professor Ogunwole declared that an ideal entrepreneurial education for undergraduates should be more of digital education and soft skills empowerment.

According to him, entrepreneurial education at Bowen University, designed for undergraduates across all the colleges in the institution, is technological driven, which he said has made the Bowen graduates be self-sufficient and relevant in this 21st-century technological world. He added that skill acquisition of shoemaking, tie-dye and other related vocations should be meant for college of education students and not for university undergraduates.

The Vice-Chancellor in his address at the occasion, also, reemphasised that no private university that uses a public university’s template to run its academic and administrative programmes would survive in an ideal university system.

He noted that university education in this 21st century does not support the traditional /conventional method of managing the university system by reason of its failure to prepare students for tomorrow’s needs in society.

He said: “ At Bowen University, we deploy technology to execute academic and administrative activities, while our entrepreneur education is majorly in the area of digital and soft skill education.

“To meet the world-class standard, we are investing more in technology development, such that our entrance examination will be internet facilitated.

“In this regard, candidates can write our entrance examination at home, as we put in place online effective invigilators that will control examination malpractices while the examination last.

“Moreover, as an effort to cut away from the conventional curriculum, we are consolidating our technology endowment for professors in Diaspora to teach in Bowen University right from their various universities abroad.

“If we want to survive in the next generation to come, we must be at the cutting edge of the latest technologies for teaching and research in order to move the university forward.”

Speaking about the university community service to its neighbouring and host community, Professor Ogunwole assured the royal fathers that the university has put in place strategies to boost the economy of the cities soonest.

The visitor to the university and President, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev, Dr Israel Akanji, eulogized the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ogunwole and his team for their efforts to move the university forward. He assured the university of the readiness of the convention to support the institution financially.

The Oluwo of Iwo land, His Majesty, Oba Abdul- Rasheed Telu 1, pledged his supports towards the physical expansion of the university in the city. He expressed satisfaction with the policy and management style of the present leadership of the university.

He asserted that Bowen University is a blessing not only to Iwo community but also to Nigeria as a whole.

According to him, Iwo has enough land for Bowen’s expansion. He promised to protect the interest of the university in the town, as he added that his palace would appreciate a mutual relationship between the office of the Vice-Chancellor and the Iwo community.

Speaking in retrospect while delivering the20th anniversary lecture of the institution, former Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the university, Professor Adebisi Adebowale, attributed the 20 years of existence of Bowen University to successive good leaderships of the institution who were able to build on the solid foundation upon which the institution was established in 2001.

He noted that the university’s wide curriculum, known as Godliness, Excellence and leadership has been the driving force that kept the Bowen university functioning to be at par with other first-class universities not only in Nigeria but also in other parts of the world.

He then appealed to the present administration not to rent in their efforts to project the university to a greater height even at the global level, as they maintain and upgrade the core value of the university.


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How Poverty, Food Insecurity Can Be Tackled In Nigeria, by Don

A university don, Prof. Foluke Aderemi   has canvassed for an optimum agricultural production level  to tackle poverty and food insecurity in the country.Prof.  Aderemi, who is of the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture, Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, stated this during the sixth inaugural lecture at the university.The professor , who lamented the escalating level of poverty in the country, stressed the need for the youth to embrace agriculture as a course of study.

She  maintained that  with agriculture, the youth could be job creators rather than being job seekers.She said:”The escalating problem of poverty has become of increasing concern to both the victim nations as well as the international development partners. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO, 2017), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, 2017) and the World Food Programme (WFP, 2017) have reported that the largest proportion of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa are highly undernourished.“The magnitude of poverty in developing countries had contributed immensely to food insecurity in the nation. Nigeria has 36 states and is the most populous country in Africa with a population of about 170 million as of 2012 (Population 2012) with over 70 per cent of the population living on less than a dollar a day (Watts 2006). By the year 2050 the projected population will be 402 million making Nigeria the 4th most populous country on earth after India, China and the United States (Population 2012).

“Agriculture as a course is self-sufficient our youth can take the advantage and become job creator instead of seeking for jobs. We all know in this nation it is not so the simple reason is lack of enabling facilities and environment. Only an optimum agricultural production level will be able to help alleviate poverty, provide food security and meet other needs of such a growing population.“As Nigeria struggles to advance in animal and crop production many factors militate against this   in the country. Factors like inadequate finance, high cost of animal feeds, animal diseases, lack of infrastructure, lack of government incentives, transportation and other factors are militating against animal production in Nigeria. However, solving these problems will promote the animal and crop production.“The failed policies of the government are most of the times inimical to the progress of the animal industry. Sometimes politicians ban the importation of goods not readily available in the country in an attempt to help home grown industries but without providing viable alternatives”.She added  that another important area where the government has failed is in the area of security, saying, ” Insecurity in the country is inimical to the development of the animal production and its sustainability and this must not be taken lightly as it has the potential to ground the whole economy”.End.

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