Nwaokocha Peace Ihuoma, a 300level nursing student of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Wednesday emerged entrepreneur of the year at the 7th Entrepreneurship Programme Studies (EPS) exhibition of the institution.
EPS is a compulsory programme for all students of 300level with a view to preparing them for self-reliance and self-employment and be employer of labour after graduation.
Ihuoma, who said her passion for the fashion world made her to build interest partucularly in the makeup world, was gifted a hundred thousand naira (N100,000) by management of the school for her uncommon skills in makeup.
The exhibition which saw a total of eleven schools (groups) under the EPS of the institution, had the School of Catering (group) emerging as the 1st runner-up of the entrepreneurship skills exhibition with a gift of two hundred thousand naira (N200,000) from the Management of the school to the group.
School of Perfume, Cosmetic & Toiletries emerged 2nd runner-up, while School of Fashion & Bridal Accessories emerged 3rd runner-up at the exhibition.
Other schools/groups that participated at the exhibition are: School of Desktop Computer Operation and Business Centre; School of Husbandry; School of Music; School of Bakery; School of Tailoring/Fashion Design; School of Technology and Creativity and school of Hair Care.
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In his speech at the exhibition, Vice Chancellor of the school, Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, implored the students to put into use the skills acquired in the course of training in all their endeavours regardless of the course studied.
Accroding to the VC, all the trainings have provision for business models and start-up incentives provided by the university, adding that the Management chose this path of self-reliance due to the fact that the driven force for every economy in the world is entrepreneurship.
The VC noted that one of the roles of Igbinedion University is to foster entrepreneurship culture in students and staff, stressing that this is critical in nation development.
He said, “We at Igbinedion University have chosen this path because the driving force of every great economy in the world is entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial inclusiveness provides a conducive environment culture, opportunity and practice that encourages students’ growth and entrepreneurial confidence.
“The role of the University in fostering entrepreneurial culture against students and staff is critical in national development. Entrepreneurs have power to shape the world by developing versatile skills and profitable business scheme that are needed for human development.”
Earlier, Director of Entrepreneurship Programme Studies of the school, Dr. David Umobuaie noted that the programme all the programmes under the EPS are certificated hence students would be issued certificate for the acquired skill.
According to him, over 500 students participated in the programme and went through rigorous training.