The University of Calabar has commenced a sensitisation training of students of the institution on how to access the 500,000USD Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) attracted to the University by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi.
Speaking at the Opening ceremony of the sensitisation, Prof. Obi urged the students to take the training seriously and sharpen their skills of becoming self reliant and how to design their plan.
The VC, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof. Mike Okom, said the TEF Entrepreneurial Development Programme was a great opportunity for students of the University.
The VC said that the TEF programme was the first of it’s kind to be brought into the University, adding that 5,000 USD for a students as start up was a huge one.
Prof. Obi said that the testimonies from TEF beneficiaries within Africa shows that the University was in the right direction of creating the next generation of entrepreneurs.
“We are praying and hoping that we explore other opportunities that will benefit our students. TEF is a great opportunity for our young ones to build their entrepreneurial skills and become self reliant,” she said.
In a power point play, Tony Elumeli said that his idea was to empower the next generation of Africans to be entrepreneurs in various fields of endeavour.
Elumelu said that the programme was targeted to support 10,000 young Africans to become great entrepreneurs with lovely ideas that can develop the continent.
Dean of Students Affairs, Dr Tony Eyang, said that TEF was coming to Calabar for the first time due to the vision, commitment and resourcefulness of the VC.
He described Mr Elumelu as a great African Entrepreneur who is lifting Africa to a higher level of entrepreneurial development.
He said that the sensitisation was to guide the students on how to go about the world class entrepreneurial training, international mentorship and how to access the non refundable 5,000 USD grant.
He urged the students to take the training and advocacy serious and grab the opportunity before them.
He added that the idea was also to develop their business mindset as students in order to guide them towards self reliant after graduation.
“This programme has been designed to define your path to prosperity and sustainable growth and to uplift you through the way of becoming an entrepreneur,” he added.
The COVID-19 protocols, including the use of face mask and social distance was strictly adhered to during the programme.