Nigeria – President of American University of Nigeria, (AUN), Dr. Margee Ensign has promised that the institution is working towards becoming the first development oriented university not only in Nigeria but the whole of Africa. Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, Dr. Ensign lamented the declining academic prospects in Nigerian Universities to weak technological base, explaining that unlike happenings in Nigeria, what obtains around the world currently is the use of latest technological concepts in disseminating knowledge among students.
According to the AUN President who also introduced new members of the Board of Trustees for the institution, Nigerians should start looking at the brighter side of life because it is not all negative actions in the country.
Taking a cue from the recent voters registration exercise, the AUN boss said that Nigerians have shown resilience and commitment to the development of the country through their doggedness to withstand hardship and queue up to get registered for the coming election.
Disclosing that the university also allows staff and students to take time off to go and get registered during the exercise, Dr. Ensign said not only is Nigeria on the threshold of history but that positive things are already on the way.
She said students in the AUN located in Yola are being trained to be the leaders of tomorrow for the country and that the problems facing the country are being looked into with a view to proffering solution through proper training of the students who will take over the mantle of leadership in the future.
According to her, the university is working hard to ensure the development of the country and will soon attain the status of an institution that drives the development of the country through identification of problem and the solution.
For her, all students of the institutions are already wealth and job creators because right from inception, entrepreneurship skills has been a major area of focus for every student, adding that the move by the Federal Government to ensure that every university gets an entrepreneurial centre was a welcome one.
Dr. Ensign said inculcating entrepreneurial skills into students is the right way to go but pointed out that the Nigerian government through the National Universities Commission (NUC) was coming on board years after the AUN has perfected such initiative.
Meanwhile, four personalities, William Bertrand, Eamon Kelly, Laurence Day and Earl Kellogg have joined the board of trustees of the University, in a fresh move to shore up the institution’s capacity internationally.
Beyond the fresh entry, the board already parades an array of prominent personalities like: Mike Adenuga, Prof. Pat Utomi, Peter Okocha Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bamanga Tukur and a host of others.
She buttressed the need for entrepreneurship education in the Nigerian University system, noting that part of the success stories of foreign based universities were their ability to incorporate entrepreneurship skills into their learning system.
Source – Afrique en ligne