By Dennis Udoma
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel will perform the official commissioning of Southern Atlantic Polytechnic in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria on Saturday this week.
The Polytechnic, located at Kilometre 50 along airport road is partnering the Microsoft Imagine Academy, USA on entrepreneurship development, the first of its kind in the country.
The founder, Pastor Bassey James in a statement explained the rationale behind the establishment of the school saying that, ‘‘my major goal of establishing the Southern Atlantic Polytechnic, is to contribute to the development of Akwa Ibom State, to enhance the working capacity of our people and increase productivity’’.
The statement further stated that, the institution will offer certificate and diploma courses in Information Technology and Telecommunications, Health Safety/Environment Training, Catering and Hotel Management.
Others are; Film Making, Agricultural programmes, Building/Facility Management, Fashion/Design, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development.
He said, the school would make a difference in the life of students by providing massive equipment and conducive atmosphere for skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development, which according to him, is currently lacking among the young people.
‘‘For this reason, we have established a business and entrepreneurship development school which will train young people for leadership’’ adding that, most polytechnics do a lot of theory.
‘‘We want to train the young people to become information technology entrepreneurs, as the world today is driven by information technology. That is why we have sealed a partnership agreement with Microsoft Imagine Academy, to represent them in the South-South and South East zones of Nigeria.’’
James, who is also an entrepreneur further explained that, the agreement with Microsoft Imagine Academy has given South Atlantic Polytechnic an advantage over other polytechnics to train young entrepreneurs who will compete with their peers anywhere in the world.
In the area of leadership development, he stated that, the Polytechnic had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Youth Service Corps NYSC, to train corps members in entrepreneurship and leadership.