PAU committed to entrepreneurial skills for improved economy, youth employment – Okekearu 

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The Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of Pan-Atlantic University (PAU) has reaffirmed its commitment to boosting entrepreneur skills that will impact on the economy and boost job creation.

The Centre stated this at its thanksgiving mass service to celebrate 20 years of EDC existence. 

Director, EDC-PAU, Nneka Okekearu said that “it is the 20th anniversary Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan-Atlantic University and over the years, we have been committed to building a network of entrepreneurial leaders through continuous learning, process improvement, and business integrity.”

She noted that EDC in the last 20 years has impacted on more than a million Nigerians’ lives, starting with a flagship programme called Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management, a programme that takes entrepreneurs through all the areas they need to know so they can run better businesses and be sustainable.

She explained that the programme, which started in 2003, has 56 sets in Lagos and  30 in Abuja, saying a lot of entrepreneurs on the programme have become industry leaders and doing things affecting the ecosystem.

She cited the example of the founder of Lagos leather fair, Coffee Week, Cocktail Week among others are ADC Alumni, saying that “our Alumni has gone out, building businesses that are employing so many Nigerians and deepen the ecosystem. They are building businesses that have integrity and comply with the regulatory perspective.”

She stated that “the centre is having entrepreneurs that want to deepen the ecosystem, forming different platforms whereby they can now groom other Nigerians to set up businesses in boosting the economy.

She highlighted that “we have entrepreneurs who have come here and grown their businesses from a annual turnover of N1 million, N2 million and within two to three years they are doing double digits annual turnover and more.

“As they grow their revenue, they employ more people as this helped in reducing unemployment and for every recruitment, it has a ripple effect on the economy.”

On the coming in of new government, Okekearu called for a better enabling environment for businesses to thrive on, saying, “what entrepreneurs require is enabling environment. So once that enabling environment is there, there will not be multiplicity of taxes.”

Listing the problem of businesses, she said “most entrepreneurs do not have the right structures and systems in place. The second problem they have is access to market and what we do is to provide them platform so that they can have access to markets to


“So I would say that we approach entrepreneurship from a holistic perspective. We teach and there is provision of support services that will help them, even to banks.”

She reiterated the management commitment in building a network of entrepreneurial leaders through commitment to continuous learning, process improvement and business integrity.

Also, the Regional Vicar of Opus Dei/ Chancellor Pan Atlantic University, the Rev Fr Anthony Odoh said that EDC is the last 20 years has help to boost the economy of Nigeria as this call for gratitude to God.

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