FUTA ALUMNI BUILDING THE FUTURE THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP & EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP FOR THE STUDENTS OF THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, AKURE (FUTA) WITH THEME: “WHAT LIES AHEAD; THE CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITY AFTER FUTA”
The epoch event, which had facilitators from different sectors of the economy, was a value adding seminar that will go down in history as a valuable contribution of the Alumni Association of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
The workshop was facilitated by successful business gurus from engineering to hospitality business, employment and career development to Agriculture and it focussed on how young men and women could be self-reliant as reflected in the motto of the University.
The President of the FUTA Alumni Association Worldwide, Comrade Adesomoju Olaitan Adesanya, welcomed all the participants to the workshop and enjoined them to pay attention to the facilitators and learn important things that would add values to their lives, while they are on campus and after leaving campus.
He informed them that all the facilitators were well equipped to attend to all the questions they might be willing to ask and he used the opportunity to assure the students and other participants that the workshop was the beginning of good things to come from the association.
An alumnus of the University, Engineer Aduwo Ayodeji, who talked about business development and the challenges associated with it, educated the students on how to save from their youth service years and why they should never expect anything from anybody. Ayodeji told them that they should focus on their dreams and aspirations.
He stated that depending on another person or the government could be more devastating than spiritual attack, “because anything can fail but if you fail yourself, you may likely not forgive yourself except you are lucky to remedy the situation,” he said.
He cited his experience as a security officer, while he was studying Engineering in FUTA and informed the students about how he saved his allowances during his youth service days, which he said led to the establishment of his company, Bold Concept and Stanbless Limited.
He also taught the students about financial discipline, which he considered to be core in business development and “above all, trust and honesty which is the bedrock of any successful business, because once you can’t be trusted, no one will want to do business with you.”
Another facilitator, Mr. Femi Osinlaja, talked about career development in corporate organizations.
He told the participants to emphasise team work and creativity, which he said are the most concerns of most organizations in recent times.
“There is no company that is interested in your experience, but they are particular about the value you can add. If you go for an interview and all you talk about is your past exploits, obviously, you have lost the job. You are expected to tell them what you can do to move the company to the next level,” he said.
Mr. Akinjisola Ige, who has investment in hospitality business, real estate and construction, spoke to the participants about his beginning and how rough and challenging it was.
Ige revealed that he was able to climb the ladder with determination. In his final message to the students, he emphasised on building beautiful homes, which he said would sustain their businesses when they are married, saying that if they failed to build a home, they might suffer from lack of concentration which he said might end up destroying the businesses.
An alumnus of FUTA, Mrs. Ngozi Okonta-Simeon, an agriculture expert with wide knowledge in varying agricultural planning and execution, dwelt on using limited resources to earn maximum results. She stressed the importance of family relationship in the development of good agricultural practices.
Okonta-Simeon promised to open young women farmers club in FUTA, where she said all ladies in FUTA will be beneficiaries, while still schooling.
She said that this could be a source of income for them and that when they graduate it can sustain them and take them away from the unemployment market.
Speakers from Google also taught the students and they spoke extensively about the different methods of generating funds online.
The event was well attended by students of the institution and some members of the public, some of who commended members of FUTA Alumni Association for doing a good job, and they stated that they look forward to such a programme in the future.