UNILAG VC to partner Ecobank on Entrepreneurship, Youth Development

Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe presenting a souvenir to Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan (Chairman of the Day) at the Colloquium 2019 organised by The Investment Society, Unilag in Lagos on Monday. The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has commended Ecobank for its consistent support for the promotion of entrepreneurship among students and youths across the country.

The Vice Chancellor, who was speaking while receiving Ecobank Management in his office ahead of the Investment Society, UNILAG Colloquium, said that the university would collaborate with the bank on such initiatives, stressing that partnership between operators in the financial sector and the academia in raising budding entrepreneurs would bring the much-needed development of the nation’s economy.

In particular, Ogundipe lauded Ecobank for partnering with The Investment Society – UNILAG, an association set up by some undergraduate students of the school to share and expand their knowledge of finance and consulting towards entrepreneurship.

He noted that such support was in tandem with the vision of the academic to raise self-reliant graduates rather than job seekers.

He announced that a University of Lagos Economic Summit has also been planned in this direction.

“We are glad to have you and your team here. Your financial support and physical presence in this Colloquium are clear indications that you are interested in building young entrepreneurs which also aligns with our vision as a university. Ecobank has been our good partner. We appreciate your support on some of our various programmes over the years. This is also an opportunity to seek your partnership for our up-coming Economic Summit and NUGA games. We seek stronger ties in this direction of raising young entrepreneurs,” he said.

Professor Ogundipe who reeled out some achievements of the institution, stated that only recently two of their lecturers won a combined sum of £1.2m (over N485m) as a research grant for the development of integrated solutions that would maximise employment opportunities and enhance the future of work in Africa.

In his response, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan, restated the commitment of the bank to partner with tertiary institutions in the country on initiatives that would enhance and promote entrepreneurship, scholarship and conducive learning environment across the country.

He assured that Ecobank would partner the University of Lagos on its planned Economic Summit and other initiatives that would widen the students’ entrepreneurial scope.

Akinwuntan reiterated that Ecobank, as a Group was committed to contributing to […]

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