In its resolve to provide quality education, Nile University of Nigeria held its 3rd International Conference for Social Sciences and Law at its auditorium.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Huseyin Sert, in his address, said the university maintained a reputation of providing quality research and producing best graduates for the workplace.
He added that it provided an environment that empowered individuals to actualise life dreams as the basis for capacity development of under graduates through entrepreneurial programmes that serves as formidable foundation for setting up of businesses upon graduation.
The university regularly holds conferences, workshops and trade fairs to expose students to various entrepreneurial skills and develop capacity to meet anticipated challenges in the society.
At the trade fair of the conference, various leather works ranging from shoes to upholstered furniture pieces were displayed, including local and foreign textiles. Vehicles from Nissan, Kia, Toyota and other brands of cars were also showcased.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, represented by the acting Permanent Secretary, Musa Adamu, commended the contributions of the university and Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC) to the growth and development of education in Nigeria. He noted that youth restiveness, insurgency and militancy were products of lack of education among young people, adding that an educated and exposed society witnessed minimal violence and avoidable conflicts.
Adamu said Nile University’s entrepreneurship training for students was not only commendable but worthy of emulation by other tertiary institutions and colleges in the country.
Nigeria is one of the fastest growing nations of the world it is, therefore, important to equip the young people with skills that would enhance a productive society and sustain growth in manufacturing and agriculture.
The success of the first and second editions of the conference in, 2015 and 2016, led to the 3rd edition, last week, drawing participants from the academia, the manufacturing industrial sector, the research and science, technocrats, the executive and parliament.
Experts at the conference argued that Nigeria provided an enviable platform and opportunity to create innovations that would drive the process of economic recovery in various sub-sectors to transit from a consuming nation to an export-oriented one.
The knowledge-based policy of the university is expected to boost women and youth empowerment, a major challenge confronting all tiers of government and the private sector.
The policy is also private sector-driven considering the low annual increase in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The conference, if pursued with vigour and more regularly, will harness corresponding growth in the national GDP.
Nigeria has at the moment rolled out reform programmes in all sectors of the economy, calling on meaningful individuals to partner at all levels to actualise success in its determination to stabilise steady growth in the economy.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Muslim community, traditional rulers of the Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa extractions were represented at the event and promised to take the message to their kingdoms and domains to educate the young people on self- reliance.
The university restated its commitment to sustain constant interface between stakeholders in the manufacturing sector and the academia to ensure the needed growth, development and empowerment of the students.