Two top AUN academic leaders have been selected to join the Advisory Board of the Abuja Team for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP).
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Prof. Muhammadou Kah, and Dean of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE), Dr. Attahir Yusuf, are among the 29 committee members who have joined the MIT-REAP program that is primed to address the scourge of unemployment in Nigeria.
Membership of the committee spans the academia, private and public sectors, and includes the FCT Minister, the Executive Secretary Petroleum Equalization Fund, and the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
The latter organization is the Federal Government agency leading the initiative under the leadership of the Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa.
The program seeks to "adopt and adapt MIT's proven frameworks on accelerating innovation to create localized strategies for developing and sustaining enterprises driven by innovation (IDEs)".
The MIT-REAP provides opportunities for communities around the world to engage with MIT in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems.
According to the story that was written by a reporter for Voice of Nigeria, Na'ankwat Dariem, and published on March 9, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, who inaugurated the committee said the project "will drive economic and innovation- entrepreneurship in Nigeria and is inspired by the present government's fight against poverty and focus on economic development".
He sees the 29 committee members as "a talented group of people with varied but valuable backgrounds that have kept working hard towards implementing REAP for Abuja."
"MIT-REAP is designed for high-level teams selected from regions dedicated to working alongside MIT Faculty over a two-year period to drive innovation-driven entrepreneurship in their city, or region".
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Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa