Taken from The Daily Independent, A Nigerian newspaper
As part of concerted efforts at addressing the challenges of unemployment ravaging the nation, Rotary Altadena, in collaboration with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has organised a five-day New Generation Entrepreneurial Education (EE) training for students of the university.
The Vice-Chancellor of UNAAB, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, noted that “we are in an age where your degree is not enough”, as he stressed the need for the Nigerian youth to discover and develop their talents. He lauded Rotary Altadena for extending the training programme to the university, through the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS).
The Director of CENTS, Professor Femi Onifade, in his remarks, described Rotary International as an organisation that is committed to improving the livelihood of the people.
Also speaking on the occasion, the President, Rotary Club of Sagamu-Central, District 9110, Rotarian Bisola Asaye, noted that the aim of the training was to “make employers of labour out of these students instead of them being thrown into an already saturated labour market after their graduation”. She charged the students to make good use of the opportunity presented by the training, stressing that it could be their meal ticket in the future and could change their destiny positively.
Reiterating the importance of the training, the chair of International Service, Rotary Club, Altadena, California, Professor John Frykenberg, pointed out that the training was also expe cted to provide guide and skills needed by Nigerian students to become self-sustained in terms of job creation. According to him, Rotary Altadena, in cooperation with the International Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education Training Team had already taken the training to eight institutions in seven states across the Federation and was presently working on modalities of running the training programme amongst the National Youth Service Corps members.
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Ogun State, Olusegun Odubela, who was represented by the Director for Primary and Higher Education in the Ministry, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, commended the selfless efforts of Rotary International, highlighting some of their contributions to include the provision of potable water and toilets in schools in the state. He charged the students to take advantage of the opportunity given them freely to develop themselves, adding that no knowledge was lost.