Promoting Entrepreneurship for Economic Development Through The Instrument of Law and Counselling in Educational Institutions
Law and Counselling in Education are instruments for economic and social engineering. Equally, entrepreneurship has become a veritable means by which nations achieve development faster than they ever imagine. However, it appears our citadels of learning in Africa are only recognised for mastery of theoretical approaches to knowledge and award of excellence on paper rather than achievable productivity that knowledge should actually achieve. Sadly, University graduates often end up in workshops and vocational centres to learn and acquire practical entrepreneurship skills that could have been well and formally grafted with their University education if it has been well designed. The resultant effect is the sporadic increase in unemployment rate of youth, kidnapping, youth restiveness and militancy. Therefore, Law and Counselling, as complementary Professions in this paper, jointly draw attention to the crucial need for the inclusion of Entrepreneurship training as an integral part of the normal academic Programmes in African Universities. It is therefore imperative for the intervention of counselling, through career information, to encourage University undergraduates to be deeply aware of the benefits of entrepreneurship training which provides a more realistic alternative for employment security. The paper uses the doctrinal method of research to examine legal regulations in selected African Universities that promote entrepreneurship and explore entrepreneurship development, and to enhance the role of Counselling for educational institutions in entrepreneurship development. The paper concludes by making recommendations on amendment of legal regimes establishing educational institutions and their curriculum that can take the current performance on entrepreneurship to a better level to guarantee achievable economic development that all nations desire.
Keywords - Promoting, Entrepreneurship, Development, Law, Counselling, Educational Institutions.