OAUSTECH VC lauds Youth Forum, tasks members on digital skills for self-reliance

..charges Govts, Stakeholders to make education skill-driven

Prof. Temi E. Ologunorisa, the Vice-Chancellor of OAUSTECH, Okitipupa has lauded Akoko South-West Youth Forum for the initiative to organize themselves into such a lofty group which serves as a platform to unify, guide, encourage and protect the youths in the area.

The Vice-Chancellor, who gave the commendation while receiving the group who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the main campus, Okitipupa on Thursday, 10th March, 2022, asked the group to look at the possibility of expanding the forum to accommodate the entire Akoko youth.

The university don commended them for their developmental objectives and for always conducting themselves in a peaceful way, stemming down anything violent and for handling issues that could degenerate into violence in mature ways.

He told them that he had been following all their activities online through their whatsapp platform for some time now, adding that he was pleased with the way they handled an issue involving some youths and a drivers’ association, which could have degenerated into chaos, tactically and maturely.

The VC also lauded the forum’s president, Comrade Ajayi Danjuma, and his team for their transparency and high sense of accountability in the area of fund handling.

“I must tell you that I am pleased to identify with a developmental group like yours, the VC stated.

Prof. Ologunorisa urged the group to participate in governance so that they could be part of decision-making process in the country, stressing that as youth they must see themselves as agent of meaningful change and give birth to a society where there would be proper planning, rule of law, accountability and self-sustaining system that worked as obtained in the USA and other sane climes all over the world.

He further encouraged them to find a way to initiate some development moves as well as equip youths with modern needed skills such as digital skills, business proposal writing skills, curriculum vitae writing skills and setting up of local e-library for benefit of the youths in their environment, among others.

Speaking earlier, Comrade Danjuma congratulated the VC on his success at the interview and for his eventual appointment as the fourth substantive Vice-Chancellor of OAUSTECH on merit.

He wished him a successful tenure of office and prayed that he would move the university far better than he met it at the expiration of his five-year tenure of office, come 2027.

Characteristically, the forum officially commissioned Imam (Alhaji) Dhikrullah Idrees and Pastor Ogbeye Timothy to pray for wisdom, protection, guidance and prosperity for the Vice-Chancellor, staff, students and the entire members of the University, host community and the country at large.

We Have to Develop our Education to be Skill-Driven –OAUSTECH VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, OAUSTECH, Okitipupa, Prof. Temi Emmanuel Ologunorisa, has stated that Nigerian Government and other stakeholders in the education sector must work hand in hand to ensure that Nigerian education system in the 21st century is skilled-driven.

Prof. Ologunorisa stated this recently while interacting with some youths from Ondo State who paid him a courtesy call.

The award-winning climate and environmental scientist stressed that the era of theories without significant practical knowledge and training has gone.

He said: “Our education must be focused, skill-driven and sustainable if the government really mean well for the citizens and younger generation of Nigerians.”

The astute university administrator, who stated that his coming to OAUSTECH was divine premised on the fact that he did not know anyone or lobby for the appointment, asserted that he was very convinced that the University would prosper despite all odds.

“There is no problem that is insurmountable. I left my comfort zone. I took the VC job to help people, touch lives and make change,” he remarked.

Prof. Ologunorisa disclosed that the University under his watch would introduce more academic and postgraduate programmes to grow the students’ population.

“We will run certificate and diploma courses in Data Processing, in addition to degree courses in Basic Medical Sciences, Management Science, Marine Science and Technologies, Environmental Studies and professional postgraduate programmes.

And we will make our students bilingual by teaching and issuing them certificates of proficiency in French Language to start with,” Prof. Ologunorisa submitted.

Paul Adeagbo
Deputy Director,
Information, Protocols and Public Relations
Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, OAUSTECH, Okiti-pupa, Ondo State, Nigeria

Published by WonderLady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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