Entrepreneurship education: a vital instrument for youth empowerment, industrial development and consolidation of national integration in Nigeria
The concern of this paper is to explore Entrepreneurship Education (EE) as one of the vital tools for youth empowerment, industrial development and consolidation of national integration in Nigeria. To achieve this feat, the paper takes its roots from the role of EE in youth empowerment programmes, national integration and some integrative structures since 1960, how national integration, industrial development and youth empowerment became an issue in Nigeria, the role of entrepreneurship education in youth empowerment, industrial development and national integration, challenges of EE and its implication on youth empowerment, industrial development and national integration, the benefits of youth-empowerment in Nigeria and some challenges in the delivery of EE for youth empowerment and industrial development. To surmount these challenges, the paper examines the need for a synergy and the relevant agencies to be collaborated in the EE programme. In addition, there is the proposed strategy for effective implementation. Then the paper concludes and recommends that through EE, the nation’s quest for youth empowerment, industrial development and the consolidation of national integration could be realized in records time.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship Education, Industrial Development, Youth Empowerment, National Integration and Nigeria