Delegates from the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Sagamu-Central, District 9110, have paid a follow-up visit to FUNAAB, to evaluate how the five-day New Generation Entrepreneurial Education (EE) training, organised for students of the University have impacted on them with a view to encouraging sustainability, as prizes were also presented to participants with outstanding business plans.
Speaking on behalf of the club, Rotarian Grace Okaro expressed satisfaction that the University now had in place, a magnificent structure for Entrepreneurial Studies, noting that it was an indication that the project would survive. Rotarian Okaro, however, called on the University Management to ensure that the training, which was sponsored by the Rotary Foundation, was sustained by enacting a policy whereby those that had been trained could train others in a bid to transferring knowledge.
Rotarian Okaro, the Deputy Director of Information, Abia State Local Government Service Commission and President, National Council of Local Government Information Officers of Nigeria, Abia State Chapter, said Rotary International is an international service organisation, whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders, to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, to advance goodwill and bring peace to the world. It is a secular organisation, while membership is open to everyone regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, or political preference.
She added that the body is structured into clubs, districts and international levels in carrying out projects on maternal and child health; economic and community development; basic education and literacy; disease prevention and treatment; peace, conflict prevention and resolution; as well as water and sanitation. Rotarian Okaro later decorated the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, as well as the incumbent Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Professor Adewale Dipeolu; and the immediate past Director of CENTS, Professor Olufemi Onifade.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor expressed gratitude to the Rotary Foundation for its support, noting that the University was happy to be associated with them. He also pointed out that teaching of Entrepreneurial Studies was in line with Federal Government’s policy and that the University recognised the need to impact youths with relevant skills that could serve as a means of livelihood for them that keyed into the policy. Professor Oyewole stated that the University was open to more support from the Rotary Foundation, assuring them of the institution's readiness to empower more youths through CENTS. Commending the Rotary Foundation for the training, the Director of CENTS said "it raised the tempo of Entrepreneurial Studies on campus", as he assured the club of his willingness to reactivate his membership.
Corroborating him, Professor Onifade also applauded the club for impacting the lives of young ones through its laudable activities. Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of two mini Acer laptops to Mr. Oluwasegun Okunneye and Mr. Destiny Onyeamasiefe, a Photography Instructor at CENTS, whose business plan write-ups emerged first and second positions, while a cash gift was also given to Miss Adetayo Afolashade, a 300-level student in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism, for emerging third place, with her business plan on catering.
Mr. Oluwasegun Okuneye, a 300-level student in the Department of Chemistry, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS), who could hardly control his level of excitement, thanked the Foundation for the gift which he said had motivated him to pursue his dreams. Speaking on his business plan write-up which was on Cat Fish Farming, he said fish farming was something he had been working on for years with his brother, stating that in the next five years, he hoped to own a big farm in the country.