Achievements of the Centre
CENTS has made the under listed achievements since inception under the various Directors:
Prof. O. Bamgbose Era (Oct 2011 – Nov. 2013)
- Taking-off of the Degree programme in Entrepreneurial Studies in 2011/2012 in COLMAS
- Certificate programme in Skill Acquisition & Vocational Training Commenced in 2012/2013 Session
- Production of Career Album to enhance counselling of students
- Preparation of Student Year Books 2010 / 2011 and 2011/2012 for graduating students.
- Freshmen’s Orientation Programme: Organized in conjunction with the Counselling Unit and Student Affairs at the beginning of a new academic session. (2010/2011 to 2012-2013).
- Organized a Day Enlightment Programme on Entrepreneurship Studies for Senate members on May 11, 2011.
- A-Day Workshop was organized for Students with Low CGPA on 18th April, 2012.
- Merger of GRECC and LEMCEL and the preparation of new Organogram for the merged Centre’s.
- Visitations to IUPUI and Skyline in the USA College for Curriculum Development and facilitate collaborations.
- Identification resource personnel and Skill Leaders for the 8-week Training Programme 2013.
- Commencement of activities for the construction of the Entrepreneurship
Study Centre by the University.
Prof. O. S. Onifade (Nov 2013 – Nov. 2015)
- The Stakeholders meeting in January 2014 with the representatives of Enterprise Bank, Small and Medium scale Enterprise Development Association of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and Students Enterprise Club of Nigeria (SECN).
- The Centre participated in the one week orientation programmes (2014 and 2015) for fresh students to create awareness on Entrepreneurial Education.
- In March 2014, the Centre was invited to a programme to create awareness on entrepreneurship for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in Sagamu.
- The Centre took the awareness programme on entrepreneurial education on radio through the “Sunday Morning Live” programme on 90.5 F.M,O.G.B.C.2 on May 2014.
- Four (4) workshops on Training the Trainers tagged “Trainers, Assessors and Verifier (TAV) in Vocational, Entrepreneurship and skills (VES)” were organized from May 2013 to July 2014. A total of 70 trainers went through the workshops.
- A total of 96 students for the course ETS 312 (Industrial Training & Tour) were trained in six skills: Tourism, Interior Decoration, Textile Design, Value Addition, Forex Trading and Fashion Designing during the 2nd semester of 2013/2014.
- Twenty-two other trainees went through the skill acquisition programme in Photography, Catering, Cosmetics, Forex Trading, Hair dressing and Fashion Designing during the 2013/2014 session.
- Three (3) teams of students represented the University at the Annual National Entrepreneurship Week (ANEW) from 17th – 21st November, 2013 at NUC, Abuja. One of the teams received the plaque for the first runner up in the “Idea Contest” which featured teams from 21 Universities.
- A database of students skilled in vocation(s) is being compiled. Registration of such vocations is sent to our E-mail address. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sourcing for financial support to trainees as start-up is on-going.
- In collaboration with Pensions Board of the University, a workshop on entrepreneurial skills was organized for retirees. The main skills taught were: value addition, aquaculture, rabbitry, cosmetics, jewelry and fabric care.
- CENTS coordinated the training on entrepreneurial education organized by Rotary Clubs of Altadena (USA), Skovde – Billingen (Sweden) and Sagamu Central (Nig) for over 400 students. The 5-day programme (September 22nd – 26th 2014) culminated with the submission of 40 business plans after the training for evaluation.
- CENTS coordinated the 2-day training organized by Tetfund in FUNAAB for academic staff involved in entrepreneurial education in tertiary institutions within South West.
Prof. A. O. Dipeolu (Nov. 2015 – Nov. 2017)
- The Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding with S.L 2000 LIMITED on Agricultural training for young Niger Deltas
- The Centre organized a training workshop on Biogas and Hydroponics in May 2016.
- The Centre collaborated with Enactus Nigeria and other students based Entrepreneurship groups.
- The Centre held an inaugural meeting of the Advisory Board of the Centre in June 2016, with its maiden meeting held in July, 2016.
- The Centre initiated the establishment of a Business Support Unit with Atlas Professional Centre.
- The 2016 publicity of the activities of the Centre was done through on- line marketing strategy.
- The Centre visited the Entrepreneurial Centres of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), the Polytechnic Ibadan and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo to garner ideas on how the laboratory and workshop there have been equipped.
- The Centre initiated a committee to jumpstart the establishment of Abeokuta Business School.
- The Centre also mounted its training programmes in Skill Acquisition for both our students and people from outside the University in the Catering & Hotel Management, Fashion Designing, Fish and Fingerling Production, Event Planning, Floriculture, Shoe Making, CCTV Installation and Make- up. The training took place from December 2016 to February 2017 for a total of 30 participants both within and outside the University system. The students graduated in March 2017.
- Visits of some members of the Centre to FUTA, the Polytechnic Ibadan and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo has re- positioned the Centre on how the NUC directed that the Centre should run.
- Collaboration with Atlas Professional Centre for the establishment of a Business support unit of the Centre, which has enabled prospective clients within and outside the University community to register their companies.
- Visit of some members of staff of the Institute of International Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to the University to introduce the Empowering Novel Agri- Business Led Employment (ENABLE) programme. The Director of the Centre and Director of COBFAS were in attendance as stakeholders.13Training programmes mounted in 2016, which have empowered participants to become entrepreneurs.
Prof. B. A. Adewumi (Nov 2017 – Date)
The under listed are among the achievements of Prof. B. A. Adewumi since his recent appointment
- Strengthen and build on the achievements of past CENTS Directors.
- Initiated University Branding Agenda that started with a Branding programme for the graduating students of 2016/ 2017 students.
- Pursuance of the implementation of the organogram of CENTS and made case for the appointment of the Deputy Director and more staff for CENTS.
- Initiated a Radio programme for CENTS of FUNAAB Radio to inculcate entrepreneurial spirit and culture in FUNAAB.
- Facilitation of more collaborations with top rated organizations.
- Formalization of student based entrepreneurship groups/clubs.
- Pursuance of proposal to formalize university entrepreneurial lectures to attract philanthropic fund and projects to the university.
- Improve fund generation drive and internally generated funds of CENTS and FUNAAB.
- Drive a proposal on the patenting and commercialization of successful research products develop in FUNAAB.
- Inclusion of agribusiness into the skills in CENTS
- Extracting the intellectual business/ entrepreneurial skills in all the programmes run by the University.
- Emphasis on intellectual property.
More initiatives shall be added to CENTS.