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The State government has intensified the call for students to embrace entrepreneurship as a tool for economic development.
Speaking at the Third Matriculation of the Odumegwu Ojukwu Polytechnic, Ezinifite, Nnewi South Council Area, the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke said that entrepreneurship would make students job providers instead of job seekers.
According to Dr Okeke, entrepreneurship studies train students from onset to be self -reliant, stressing that it is expected that by the time they graduate, they would have acquired the necessary skills to be an employer of labour rather than job seekers, thus contributing to the development of the nation in diverse ways .
While commending the Institution for its efforts at providing a veritable platform for the youths, Dr Okeke laid emphasis on competency based education that provides students the right skills to make them employable and relevant in the economy .
He stated that good education is everybody's responsibility, starting from parents, assuring that the present administration will continue to make more contributions to the sector as funds improve.
In an address of welcome, the Rector of the Institution, Dr Barthy Okafor, canvassed for increased partnership with everyone in their school project, urging parents and guardians not to relent in seeing their wards through school, even in the face of financial constraints bedeviling education in Nigeria presently.
The event took another dimension when the Deputy Governor announced his decision to give scholarship to a second year indigent and physically challenged Miss Ngozi Motuanya.
Miss Motuanya who gained admission to study Public Administration in the Polytechnic will have all her fees paid by the Deputy Governor, throughout the duration of her study.
Highpoint was paper presentation on prospects in entrepreneurship and youth empowerment.

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