Unknown to quite a chunk of members of the University Community, some of the undergraduates are returning to campus after the end of ASUU Strike as entrepreneurs and CEO of their new ventures.
These are value added students who went home as a result of the strike as undergraduates but are returning to campus now that the strike has been called-off as Hair Stylists, Make-up Artists, Fashion Designers and Airport and Airline Management professionals, among others.
The students saw beyond the ordinary when the holiday occasioned by ASUU Strike came calling as a challenge, they grabbed it as a welcome opportunity and utilized it to the fullest before the industrial action was called-off.
In them the University’s vision to produce wealth creators and not job seekers, to graduate entrepreneurs and not white collar job seekers has found fulfillment within a short period of three months of ASUU strike. Welcome to the world of FUNAAB students with great minds.
Speaking in an interview with FUNAAB Bulletin, Miss. Oloyede Itunuoluwa Oyindamola, a 500 level student of Hospitality and Tourism disclosed that she received the news of ASUU called-off strike with mixed feelings because she was on the verge of completing a professional programme on Airport and Airline Management in a certified Aviation College in Ibadan.
Oloyede informed that her desire to have a quantum knowledge of every relevant aspect of her course, prompted her enrolment in the Aviation College in December, 2018 and she’s billed to complete the programme on April 13, 2019.
The Hospitality and Tourism student who described ASUU resumption as a welcome development, however, said she wished she had completed the programme within the period of the strike.
Speaking in the same vein, Eniade Aanuoluwapo, a 300 level student of Environmental Management and Toxicology disclosed that she took advantage of ASUU strike ‘break’ to learn make-up artistry and also ventured into sales of make-up products on-line and at home in Ibadan.
Eniade revealed that she became an apprentice few weeks after the commencement of the strike on sensing that Federal Government might prolong the strike for refusing ASUU demands.
Similarly, Jimoh Basirat Adetola, a 300 level Agricultural Administration student said during ASUU strike, she learnt Hairdressing and make-up in Fajol area, Obantoko, Abeokuta.
She stressed that “I learnt Hairdressing before but I went back during the strike to complete my training in make-up artistry in Fajol area, Abeokuta”.
However, like the proverbial two sides to a coin, a cross-section of students said they couldn’t take the risk of learning any vocational skill because they thought the strike will end in a matter of days.
Others said they can’t even think of learning any vocational skill because what pre-occupied their minds was the expectation that examinations will start as soon as the strike is called-off hence, they utilized the strike period to study hard. What a case of different strokes for different folks.