Objectives/Functions of Technical and Entrepreneurship Centre

    1. To sensitize our students to the need for the spirit of and skill for entrepreneurship through lectures, Seminars and Workshops.
    2. To provide the theoretical framework for entrepreneurship through taught courses.
    3. To provide the practical framework for entrepreneurship through hand-on practical instruction.
    4. To provide opportunities for supervised practical self-expression of ideas.
    5. To commercialize the industrial/entrepreneurial products of the centre for the purpose of generating revenue for the university.
    6. To develop innovative product packaging and presentation that will preserve the integrity of and attract consumers for the existing University entrepreneurial products
    7. To develop the natural resources of our immediate environment to revenue yielding products.
    8. To develop and commercialize new technologies
    9. To introduce our students to the community through Community Based Experience and Services (COBES) programme. This will be done through Faculty based projects that would be executed by students in selected rural communities in order to develop the spirit of community service in them. Students would be expected to live and learn in the community for a period of time while executing projects that are beneficial to the community.
    10. To provide deserving students with part-time jobs  as  means of giving them practical exposure and assisting them financially.  This will be done through work study programme that will give deserving students the opportunity to work for some hours within the University without jeopardizing their studies.

    Technical and Entrepreneurship Centre (TEC)

    Historical Background

    The first decade of the 21st century has ushered into Nigeria, in particular, and the world in general, dwindling job opportunities. This has not come as a surprise to Nigerians given the massive yearly turnout of graduates against zero job creation. The situation is being compounded by the threatening global economic recession that is sure to impact negatively on the Nigerian economy which is already in the throes of death.  The need to redress this unwholesome situation of massive youth unemployment is therefore very urgent in Nigeria. The reality of our time has, however, made it very clear that we cannot redress this situation by the old and obsolete approach of appealing to governments to create public service jobs. The only reasonable appeal is that governments should create the enabling environment where innovative ideas can be put to productive use.

    Faced with this daunting challenge of youth unemployment government and private sector players are championing the drive for entrepreneurship awareness in the country. It is now a policy of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to encourage Nigerian universities to provide entrepreneurship education for undergraduates so that they can be self-employable after graduation. NUC has taken a step further in trying to address the challenge of graduate unemployment by designing an entrepreneurship course titled Graduate Self Employment (GSE301) that has both the theory and practical components to be taught in Nigerian universities. This course provides a template, but not a straight jacket, for universities to develop their entrepreneurship training programmes.

    Long before it became an NUC policy, university of Ilorin had been considering the idea of entrepreneurship training. The senate of the university, through her academic planning unit had been brainstorming on how to equip our students with the relevant entrepreneurship knowledge and skills that would help them to be job creators and not job seekers. As far back as year 2005, the university had agreed, in principle, to create a directorate to handle entrepreneurship training in the university. This decision was put into effect in June this year (2008) with the establishment of the Technical and Entrepreneurship Centre (TEC) under a director. TEC was approved by the university senate to administer entrepreneurship training, Community Based Experience and Services (COBES), and Work Study, each with a clear mandate.  The Senate instrument for the establishment of TEC was developed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor K.L. Ayorinde.

    TEC started operating at the beginning of the 2008/2009 session following the three unit mandate given to it by senate of the University.

    Staff list

    Academic staff

    1. Professor J.A.Morakinyo - Director, TEC
    2. Dr. Y.A. Jimoh - Coordinator, Work Study Unit
    3. Dr. J.A. Akangbe - Coordinator, COBES Unit
    4. Dr. D.J. Adejumo - Coordinator, Entrepreneurship Unit and Lecturer GSE 301
    5. Dr.  J.A. Bamiduro - Lecturer GSE 301
    6. Dr. A.S. Kasum - Lecturer GSE 301
    7. Dr. G.B.Adesiji - representing Faculty of Agriculture
    8. Dr. R.K. Omoloso - representing Arts
    9. Prof. G.O. Oyeyinka - representing BMS
    10. Dr. J.O. Adeoti -representing B.S.S
    11. Dr. T.M. Akande  - representing Clinical Sciences
    12. Mrs. M.Y. AbdulKareem - representing C.I.S.
    13. Prof. S.H. Umoh - representing Education
    14. Dr. Y.A.AbdulKareem - representing Engineering & Tech
    15. Lawyer Adedoyin - Raji - representing Law
    16. Dr. O.O. Oladiji - representing Science
    17. Mr. John O. Oni - TEC Consultant

    Administrative Staff/Secretarial Staff/Transport Officers

    1. Mr. I. O.  Ogunbiyi - representing Bursar
    2. Mrs. K.W. Garba - representing Registrar
    3. Mrs. S.A. Shiru - Assistant Registrar
    4. Mr. Rufus Adu - Snr. Sec. Asst I
    5. Mr. Ibrahim Adepoju - Transport Officer
    6. Mr. S.A. Olorunmaiye- Transport Officer
    7. Mrs. Mustapha - Asst. Exect. Officer
    8. Mrs. Sulaiman - Caretaker

      Staff Profile

    1. Professor J.A. Morakinyo,  Professor of Genetics;  the immediate past Dean of the Postgraduate School of University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
    2. Dr. Y.A. Jimoh Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
    3. Dr. J.A. Akangbe  a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
    4. Dr. D.G. Adejumo  Lecturer II in the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
    5. Dr. J.A. Bamiduro  Senior Lecturer in the Department of  Business Administration, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
    6. Mr. A.S. Kasum Lecturer II in the Department of Accounting and Finance,University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
    7. Mr. John O. Oni, the Centre Manager, Technology Incubation Centre (TIC), Abeokuta.

    Projects

    There are two categories of projects under TEC.  The first category is the practical component of GSE 301 in which  students carry out feasibility studies on projects and are assessed through both written and oral report presentations. For this purpose, the centre keeps a long list of projects from which topics are assigned to groups of students as a component of the GSE 301 course.

    The second category of projects is a number of projects that are expected to develop into revenue yielding ventures as part of TEC mandate. The proposed projects are:

    1. Fish smoking and drying
    2. Dry and powdered Dadawa condiment
    3. Honey processing, encapsulation and packaging
    4. Portable drinking Sachet and bottle water.
    The preliminary studies for the take-off of these projects have been completed. Sources of the different raw materials have been ascertained and the take-off of the ventures is being vigorously pursued. The organogram for TEC, below, puts the programmes and projects in perspective.