Barely a week after Skyline University Nigeria completed a 5-day e-workshop organized for Pre-varsity Schools in North East region of Nigeria. The university has on Thursday, 14th May moved to organize her first online CEO lecture, tagged ‘The role of National Board for Technology Incubation in the Commercialization of Research and Development (R&D) Results in Nigeria’.
The objectives of the training according to Ms. Nafisa Inuwa, the Corporate Affairs Executive of the university, who delivered the opening remark, was to provide students of the university with the ability to recognize commercial and business opportunities, to build self-esteem, competencies, knowledge and skills needed in the journey towards self-employment by their interaction with successful CEOs who have made a remarkable entrepreneurial accomplishment.
The Student Service Executives of the university, Ms. Hawwa Kassim in her introduction of the guest speaker, Engr. Dr. Mohammed Jibrin, FNSE, FAEng, FNICE, FIMC and Director General/CEO NBTI, she elaborated his achievements that goes a long way in building capacity of budding entrepreneurs in Nigeria and enjoined students to pay attention to the Guest Speaker so as to enrich their knowledge of what is obtained in the industry.
While making his presentation at the 1st Online Edition of Students’ Entrepreneurship Workshop, the Guest Speaker, Engr. Dr. Mohammed stated that “Skyline University Nigeria within a short space of time has achieved so much and is carving a niche for herself as an established institution of higher learning in Nigeria through her strong focus on entrepreneurship development for students of the university”.
Dr. Mohammed said, that with the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), Nigeria has prided herself in being able to support business ideas of individuals coming up with tangible solutions to the countless of problems plaguing the country over the years. He added that “what qualified students/individuals to be considered as a member of the NBIT, is simple to conceive an idea… "Your proposal will be streamed lined and adjusted, afterwards, an interview will be conducted to ensure you have the capacity and time. When we are convinced that your idea is feasible, we ask you to submit the business plan and afterwards admit you into the technology incubation centre programme”. he added.
The guest speaker bemoaned the situation whereby the country is still dependent on imported products that have not been able to translate into meaningful wealth creation for Nigeria. On the manufacture and distribution of fake products in the market, he said such an act, is tempering with the safety of human lives. According to him, if Students of Skyline University Nigeria had to translate research and business ideas to tangible solutions, they will have to look at the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and not out of business curiosity without any plan for quality and commercialization.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Haruna Baffa Lawan, a 200 level students of Economics, Skyline University Nigeria. In his words, “Thank you for taking the time to share with us your organizational structure as well as the fundamentals of entrepreneurship success. I’m sure the participants are well excited and this initiative will guide us through the monitoring, evaluations and mapping of a successful entrepreneurial journey. Thank you!”