Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY) has won this year’s Entrepreneurship Action in Us (ENACTUS) competition, defeating thirty other higher institutions in the country.
Four institutions slugged it out in the final; Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State; the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State; the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State and the Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY), Kaduna State.
The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) team’s projects presented are the Solar Initiative for Empowerment and the Conversion of Waste Products to Produce Items such as polish.
Covenant University team’s presented ‘Ecobag and Palmwealth Projects’ at the competition. The Ecobag project, according to one of the Faculty Advisers from the Covenant University, Mr. Michael Fagbohun, is an innovation that helps to retain temperature of substances for as long as 72 hours, proffering solutions to electricity charges and helping to save cost and maximize business profit.
Federal Polytechnic, Idah showcased ‘Rice Husk Gas and AITA (Agriculture is the Answer) projects’.
Kaduna Polytechnic’s innovation that stood them out from others is the ‘Power to the IDPs Project.’ The team, led by its leader, Adikpe Emmanuel Odeh, brought to the fore the dehumanising lifestyles of the Internally Displaced Persons in various camps across Borno State in North East Nigeria.
At the height of insurgency in the region, the team left Kaduna for Maiduguri to provide succour for the IDPs, who they claimed are also human beings desirous of better livelihood and guaranteed future whatever their present situation.
The Faculty Adviser for the team and Director of the polytechnic’s College of Business and Management Studies, Dr. John Aliyu, said that the students have won the trophy six times since 2004 and, last year, reached the semifinal stage in the World Cup through the support of the management and the commitment of the members.
“Kaduna Polytechnic has incorporated Entrepreneurship Studies into its curriculum and it is studied across all levels. Though, ENACTUS to us is an extra curriculum activity, we only admit best students in various departments. In the last four years, Kaduna Polytechnic is the only institution that has consistently participated in the final.
“Last year, during the world cup in South Africa, where we reached semi-final stage ahead of many teams from Europe, America and Asia, the Rector travelled with us to encourage us and he is ready at all times to be part of us,” Aliyu explained.
The tension-soaked challenge, which was witnessed by key stakeholders in the nation’s business, industry, governmental and non-governmental sectors, including the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Perry John Calderwood; the General Manager of Silverbird Entertainment, Mr. Jonathan Murry-Bruce, among others, featured creativities and innovations at their peak.
According to him, apart from the entrepreneurial initiatives that has been generating funds for the team, each student of the polytechnic also pays mandatory ENACTUS fee, to show the polytechnic’s support for the programme.
In his keynote address at the final of the competition, the Canadian High Commissioner, said he was dazed by the array of innovative projects displayed by the students, saying that the country was ready to lift the trophy at the World Cup Challenge this year.
“What I have seen here has convinced me to conclude that with little support, Nigerian youths could be the best in the world,” Calderwood said.
Similarly, Murry-Bruce also encouraged the youths to dare to dream, saying it was high time they redirected their energies to productive engagements such as this in order to reclaim the nation’s lost glories.
The Country Director of ENACTUS in Nigeria, Mr. Michael Ajayi, thanked all the partners and supporters of the initiatives in the country, and urged the management of the various institutions to key in into the projects, towards ensuring that their students engage in development-oriented innovations.
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