The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele has officially handed over the bank’s 2011 intervention project (Centre for Entrepreneurship Development building) to the management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State.
Speaking during the event, Emefiele represented by a Deputy Director in CBN, Mr. Oluwole Owoeye, appealed to ‘Abians’ and the entire South-East people to take advantage of the centre to develop their skills.
The CBN boss, who described the project as part of corporate and social responsibility of CBN, said the entrepreneur centre was designed to develop skills especially in the area of Small and Medium Scale Enterprise.
His word, “In Nigeria we realized that for now, there are dearth of skills. People don’t have relevant skills. So the essence of this thing is for people to develop skills in various areas, so that they can be independent on their own.”
In his address, the MOUAU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Otunta appreciated his predecessors; Prof. Hilary Odo Edeoga and Prof. Ikenna Oyido as well as CBN for the successful completion of the project.
The VC represented by his deputy, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, said the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) was established in October 2011 in compliance with the directive of the Federal Government and the National Universities Commission, adding that the vision of CED was to make MOUAU a foremost institution, especially one that provides comprehensive and highly accessible quality entrepreneurship education and training.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, MOUAU, Prof. Oji Onu Ekumankama commended the CBN boss for reaffirming his interest in CED and in promoting entrepreneurial education and training in the University.