A call has gone out to education policymakers and curriculum planners in the country to integrate entrepreneurial training in educational curricular as this will help in combating the menace of unemployment in the Nigerian society.
The Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede and Professor Rasaq Olatunde Kalilu made the call while speaking in separate capacities as chief host and guest lecturer respectively at the 50 + 1 Solo Art Exhibition and Lecture tagged, “My Attempt”, staged by Dr. Lanre Idowu of the Department of Educational Technology, Faculty of Education, OAU, Ile-Ife.
First to speak was Prof. Ogunbodede who affirmed that the University was in the process of a complete overhaul of the curricular of its various programmes to include entrepreneurial training with special focus on reduction of the rate of unemployment among university graduates in the country.
He further maintained that his administration is planning to reposition the university as 21st Century compliant by integrating entrepreneurial skill acquisition training in the school’s curricular such that all graduates of the University will have at least one skill by the end of their stay on campus.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed at the event that the University has concluded arrangement to open an art gallery for the Department of Fine Art effective from next academic session so that revenue accruing to the Department from the gallery can be used to maintain the department.
Addressing art enthusiasts, collectors, friends and colleagues of the exhibitor as well as invited guests, Professor Rasaq Kalilu a former DVC (Lautech) explored the connection between fine art and entrepreneurship in his lecture, submitting that there is no discipline or human endeavour that does not make use of the tenets and principles of fine art, even as he maintained further that there is no limit to what visual art can do, or what it can be applied to.
Kalilu, while admonishing his audience to embrace visual art because of the numerous entrepreneurial opportunities inherent in it, emphasised that it can be used to empower many people, noting that security issues will abate when people are engaged gainfully.
He, therefore, called on the government to collaborate with corporate organizations and other private individuals already running periodic entrepreneurial skill acquisition programmes in order to widen the scope and extend the programmes to more people in the interest of the peace and security of the society.
Earlier, the exhibitor, Dr. Lanre Idowu, while welcoming all to the event, appreciated them for making out time to attend the exhibition even as he tasked them on the need to embrace the move for sensitization on the importance of fine art in tackling unemployment, which he said should be an important takeaway from the exhibition. He encourages secondary school pupils present to pick interest in fine art as a subject, lamenting the low level of enrolment in fine art at post-primary level.