UNEDEP, which will be implemented by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, is also aimed at enhancing and re-orientating the values of undergraduates while providing a mentoring platform for students and reducing poverty and youth unemployment, among others.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, made these disclosure in Abuja during the unveiling of the programme.
Aganga noted that the programme will give students the opportunity for practical experience to enable them to successfully manage their own businesses.
He said: “UNEDEP’s mission is to catch them young. The programme focuses on entrepreneurship development of undergraduates and aims to create future entrepreneurs; encourage self-employment; embed business ethics among the youth and consequently reduce the incidence of poverty.”
The minister added: “We will achieve this by using the existing Network for African Student Entrepreneurs club structure and deriving a standard schedule of activities for all members across all universities.
“Part of our strategy is to assess existing scalable student businesses to determine ways to enhance these and then creating a platform for student mentoring by successful entrepreneurs.”