Appraisal of entrepreneurship studies programme in universities for enhanced economic diversification in Nigeria

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Dr. Aja Sunday Nwambam and Shamaki Esther Baba
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The study was carried out in Ebonyi State to find out the opinion of students in the University on entrepreneurship education as a means of economic diversification in Nigeria. The study is a survey research designed guided by four research questions. All the students in Ebonyi State University (EBSU) Abakaliki and Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) were used for the study. Simple random sampling technique was used to select twenty (20) students each from the eight faculties in EBSU and same from five faculties in FUNAI giving a total of 260 respondents as the sample size. Researcher structured questionnaire was used for data collection. The data collected were analysed using mean score. The findings of the study revealed that there are inadequate trained instructors, instructional facilities/materials for teaching entrepreneurship education but the entrepreneurship curricula content and skills are relevant for economic diversification in Nigeria. Based on the findings, it was recommended that regular training and retraining of instructors by the school authorities for competence in the teaching of entrepreneurship education, provision of requisite facilities and materials by the government for instructional efficiency and effectiveness above all government and private individuals should collaborate to provide financial and material assistance to the graduates in order to put the entrepreneurial skills they have acquired into practice as this will go a long way in realizing the much emphasised diversification of the Nigerian economy.

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