The unemployment rate and emerging labour market trend in Nigeria reached unprecedented scale in recent years, thereby making the Federal Government take pragmatic steps towards reversing the trend. Consequently, in 2006, a definite decision was taken that “Entrepreneurship Education be incorporated in all Programmes offered in Nigerian tertiary institutions of learning as a mandatory courses, irrespective of programmes of studies. The noble idea is to ensure that graduates of those institutions would no longer be job seekers but job and wealth creators.

The enforcement of the policy rested on the National Council on Education (NCE) through its respective agencies, National Universalities Commission (NUC), National  Board for Technical (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). It is in line with with the above that, NBTE conducted capacity building training workshops for staff in tertiary institutions under its jurisdiction, in order to prepare them for effective take off  of the project in their respective schools.

The establishment of Entrepreneurship Development Centre in each institution is mandatory because it is a significant component of the policy. It is in line with the above that Polytechnic Entrepreneurship Development Centre was established.

Entrepreneurship Development Centre

Date of establishment: It was formally established on 1st April 2011 in line with directive of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)

Goal

The main goal of the Centre is  to inculcate in the students practical skills needed to undertake the following:

  • Generate and incubate business idea and develop a business plan for implementation.
  • Understand team building process and sustainability
  • Identify sources of capital for successful enterprise establishment.
  • Create technology based products/enterprises.
  • Conduct market analysis
  • Package products for market
  • Launch a new product/company
  • Establish and sustain harmonious customer relationship

Vision of the Centre

To be one of the leading Entrepreneurship Development Centres in the world known for training competent students with entrepreneurial skills needed for socio-economic emancipation of humanity above poverty.

Mission

To produce competent students capable of establishing and managing profitable knowledge- based businesses, create jobs and wealth.

Objectives

The specific objectives are to:

  • Create, promote, and deliver entrepreneurial awareness and opportunities.
  • Impart entrepreneurial skills in the students, staff and members of the public
  • Improve the practices and competencies of existing entrepreneurs.
  • Provide market linkages.

Activities of the centre 

The main activities are to:

  • Co-ordinate and teach the theoretical perspective on entrepreneurship
  • Co- ordination practical demonstrations in selected entrepreneurial fields
  • Undertake community impact and capacity building initiatives through short term training programmes based on market research or client demand.
  • Organize annual student/staff seminar/workshop on entrepreneurship.
  • Organize annual student’s business plan competition

Operation of the Centre

  • Principle: The centre will operate with the principle of RACE concept (Research Action, Communication and Examination)
  • Research: All its operation will be anchored on provision of products and services based on needs of client/ customers as reveal by research findings.
  • Action: Appropriate actions will always be taken at the appropriate time to address those needs.
  • Communication: Effective communication system will be established and maintained amongst staff of the Centre, other staff of the polytechnic as well as between the Centre and its clients to ensure effective and satisfactory service delivery.
  • Evaluation:Feedback mechanism will be incorporated into the activities of the Centre to ensure improved productivity

The Head of the Centre (HOC) is the Director who oversees the affairs of the Centre, assisted by respective Business Field Supervisions (BFS). The Director reports directly to the Rector, Academic Board and Management Committee on all matters related to the Centre- Academic contents (theory) and skills acquisition contents – (practical) trend of students progress. Vis-à-vis the curriculum. The respective Business Field Supervisions (BFS) report activities in the receptive enterprise to the Director.

Duties

Director

  • Plan activities of the Centre
  • Prepare and submit budget of the Centre to the Rector
  • Sign students registration forms
  • Submit copy of forms to respective H. O. Ds for record purposes
  • Organize meetings, brainstorm for planning and implementation of activities
  • Organize and provide support for implementation of activities at the respective Business Field/enterprises practical
  • Visit respective enterprise and evaluate unit and individual performance
  • Provide feedback on evaluation
  • Establish linkage with relevant agencies, and other Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) to develop modalities for partnership.
  • Motivate and facilitate external relations and fund – raising activities.
  • Report to the Rector, Academic Board and Management Committee (MC) on all matters related to the centre.

Business Field Supervisors

  • Register students in respective business fields
  • Sign students registration forms in respective Business Field/enterprises
  • Submit student’s registration forms to the Director
  • Supervise all practical in respective Business Field enterprises
  • Collate results of practical conducted from respective instructors.
  • Submit student’s results to the Director.
  • Report activities of respective Business Field  Enterprise to the Director.

Lecturers/Instructors

  • Register students in respective emprises
  • Submit registration forms to the BFS
  • Conducts practical for student/trainees
  • Set practical examination, develop marking schemes and mark such examination.
  • Submit results of examination to the Director through the BFS.

External Linkage

The Centre will collaborate with Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies (CEDS) of Covenant University, Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. This is in order to attain and maintain standards in Entrepreneurship Development, considering the high rating the University has attained. Effort will be made to partner with other EDCs within and outside Nigeria. Staffs of the Entrepreneurship Centre are to avail themselves of all opportunities to participate in training workshops, conferences and seminars anywhere in order to be abreast of advances in Entrepreneurship Development studies. This will improve their capacity to impart effectively on the students/trainees. It will also enhance the effective management of the Centre to achieve set goals and objectives.

Entrepreneurship Development Centre

Entrepreneurship Development Centre

Accommodation of the centre

It is expected to operate a separate unit located in a building complex with offices for Director, Business Field for practical’s sessions in some selected vocations which require indoor activities. The centre should have enough land space for integrating various trade-skill business.

Each office should be equipped with a computer and printer, a photocopy machine and internet facilities.

Wielding Superior Grounds in Entrepreneurship Training

By: Mustapha M Gisilambe & Albert B Matilah

The establishment of the Entrepreneurship Study Centre in Adamawa State Polytechnic is a direct response to the Federal Government’s directive for tertiary institutions in the country to introduce Entrepreneurship Education in their curriculum.

The main goals for the introduction include;

  • To generate and incubate business ideas and develop a business plan for implementation.
  • Understand team building process and sustain ability
  • Identify sources of capital for successful enterprise establishment.
  • Create technology base products/enterprise
  • Packet products for market
  • Launch a new product/company
  • Establish and sustain harmonious customer relationship

Therefore, in April, 2011, barely a year after Professor Bobboi Umar assumed duty as the Rector of the Polytechnic; he immediately prepared the grounds for the establishment of the Centre and appointed Mallam Mohammed Usman Michika as the pioneer Director for its take-off.

With the vision to be one of the leading Entrepreneurship Development Centres in the world known for training competent students, the Centre started with the training of only three skills; Interlock and Pillar Design, Tailoring and Soap making.

The Centre which is now five years in existence, has received tremendous support from the Rector, Professor Bobboi Umar to become a centre for reference of entrepreneurial training in the North- East. The Director, Mallam Mohammed Usman Michika, “many sister institutions and different organisations have visited us to understudy our modus operandi.”

He gave the example of Yobe State Polytechnic and Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri as some of the institutions that have visited the Centre.

Also on the list of visitors he said, are a delegation from the Ministry of Higher Education, Yola and another delegation from the UNDP who indicated willingness to partner with the Centre for the training of their trainees.

From the initial three skills being acquired at inception, the Centre has expanded to undertaking training in eighteen (18) different skills which include; Laundry and Toilet Soaps (medicated), Welding and Fabrication, Salon services for (male and female) including Interlock and Pillar Design.

Others are; Tailoring, Body Spray and Balm, Morning Fresh, Izal, Dettol, Air Freshener and Vaseline with ICT, Car Wash, Beads-making, Shampoo and Conditioner.

There are nine different instructors known as Coordinators manning the different skills and for a student to successfully graduate from the Polytechnic, it is mandatory for him or her to train in one of the available skills.

This is deliberately designed to help the student’s to become self-reliant after graduation without having to wait for a white-collar job.

Narrating the story of a student who graduated from Crime Prevention, Management and Control, who is now doing very well in the business of Soap making in Toungo, Toungo LGA, the Director of the Centre, told SPYNEWS that the boy comes periodically to buy materials worth over three Hundred Thousand Naira in Yola, adding that many of the students who graduated from the Polytechnic come back here to the Centre to acquire more knowledge.

Products including those produced by the Centre and the ones produced by the students are sold to generate revenue for the school. As a matter of fact the ones produced by the students are marketed by the students themselves while those produced by the Centre are displayed on shelves for sale to the general public at the Centre.

Apart from teaching the students, the Centre in the spirit of social responsibility has extended its services to the outside communities who are willing to train in one or two skills.

According to the Director of the Centre, the inter-lock blocks are widely patronized both internally and externally. Internally he said, the blocks were supplied to the ADAPOLY VENTURES for use at the ADAPOLY water project at the Jambutu campus, while several requests for it are coming from the outside community, he added.

For the progress and the landmark successes recorded in the Entrepreneurship Study Centre of the Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola, the commitment of the leadership as demonstrated by the Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Bobboi Umar has in its entire ramification.

This sustained development has made been crucial it such that the Polytechnic has maintained its superior grounds within its peers in entrepreneurship training.