Mr. Charles Odii, the Director General and CEO of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), has pledged to promote entrepreneurship in universities nationwide.

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In discussions with a delegation from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), led by President Mr. Lucky and Senate President, Mr. Charles Odii emphasized the importance of cultivating an entrepreneurial culture among students to generate millions of job opportunities.

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Odii conveyed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to creating employment opportunities, particularly for the nation’s youth. He underscored the necessity for students to embrace entrepreneurship, reducing dependence on traditional employment paths.

The DG urged NANS to provide reliable data on students, including their locations and a significant representation of female students.

This data will serve as the foundation for a collaborative intervention program between NANS and SMEDAN, ensuring that entrepreneurship education translates into tangible enterprises run by the youth.

Odii also informed the delegation about a mentorship and internship program for students facilitated by SMEDAN and other partners. The President of NANS expressed gratitude for the agency’s achievements and pledged collaboration in collecting data and developing strategies to support over 41 million students in Nigeria.

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