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.