OYO State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela on Tuesday called on the youths in the country to come up with innovative and creative ideals towards promoting entrepreneurial and national development, just as he urged them to eschew illegal activities that can inhibit desirable development.
The Commissioner who gave this charge during a workshop organized by Faculty of Engineering, the Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa titled ‘Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for national development’, noted that all the technological innovations especially the ones from Asian countries are discovered through reverse engineering.
He added that Nigerian youths can achieve similar feat through accessing libraries or internet to get directory on these technological innovations instead of diverting the energy on illicit businesses online.
According to him, “Youths that engage in illicit use of internet (Yahoo Yahoo) don’t need it. There are profitable businesses they can use internet for. Take for an example, Alibaba of China came up with innovation of standing as intermediary between sellers and buyers online and he is making fortune today.
“We must start engaging ourselves in innovative thinking to promote entrepreneurship and engender economic development.
“What we are saying is that knowledge has been existing while innovative ideas abound on internet but the question is; how do we put this knowledge into use? For example, policeman standing on highway passing vehicles is waste of time when there are traffic indicators available and manufactured by our polytechnics. The police rather need to be in their respective offices to engage themselves in better works and if as a country, we can’t improve beyond this level, it is very disheartening”, Olowofela submitted.
Also speaking at the event, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Iyiola Eyitayo said innovation is the introduction of something new or new ideas or methods, while entrepreneurship is the art of translating creativity and innovation into money making ventures.
Eyitayo informed that the discussions at the conference would generate a far reaching and globally acceptable submission which would definitely lead to national development.
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