The Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS) was established in Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in March, 2011, in line with the expressed directive of the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) through the National Universities Commission (NUC) mandating all tertiary institutions in the country to offer entrepreneurship programme and establish an entrepreneurial Centre. The goal of integrating entrepreneurship studies into University Education is to empower graduates, irrespective of their areas of specialization with skills that will enable them engage in income yielding ventures if they are unable to secure paid jobs. It is a re-orientation from the take-a-job mentality to a make-a-job mentality.
The Centre, as envisaged by the Federal Government, is to run a degree programme in Entrepreneurship Studies and organize skills acquisition programmes for students in the University. Since the establishment of College of Management Sciences (COLMAS) and the Department of Entrepreneurial Studies (ETS) in FUNAAB, CENTS has limited its involvement to partnering with the ETS Departments in teaching two (2) courses in entrepreneurship and the courses are expected to be taken by all students of FUNAAB at 200 and 300 levels. Also, at 300 level every department offers a discipline related entrepreneurial course.
It should be noted that FUNAAB, being always proactive in developmental issues, had earlier created a Centre for Skills Development (CENSKID) that had similar goals and objectives with CENTS and was consequently sub-summed by the latter. Both the Graduate Records and Career Centre (GRECC) and A.G. Leventis Memorial Centre for Learning (LEMCEL) were merged with CENTS.
The Centre aims at providing full range of business education and support services to students and the general public. It helps to facilitate the interaction between entrepreneurs and existing resources, and provide in-depth assistance and practical models for every stage of business development, from concept evaluation through start-up, growth, expansion and beyond. It further facilitates and provides expertise that would propel growth of small and medium scale enterprises and hyper growth businesses. Most importantly, the Centre aims to equip young graduates with entrepreneurial spirit, culture, innovativeness and vocational/ agribusiness skills that will spur them into self- employment, young leaders and employers of labor.
There have been four (4) Directors in the Centre so far, namely:
- O. Bamgbose – 2011 – 2013
- O.S Onifade – 2013 – 2015
- A. O. Dipeolu – 2015 – 2017
- B. A. Adewumi – 2017 to date