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Development summit urge Nigeria students to be innovative, resourceful


Speakers, panelists and academics at a capacity development summit in Lagos tasked Nigerian undergraduates on the need to be innovative and resourceful in their fields of endeavor.

The maiden edition of the summit tagged Young, Outstanding and Useful (YOU) Conference organised by IB Consult hosted students students from science and technology, engineering, art and mathematics departments of the University of Lagos at the weekend.

The convener Ibrahim Ogunmekun said the programme was organised to help students from tertiary institutions identify areas they need to improve in their career paths to scale up to best global practices.

Ogunmekun, who is a graduate of mechanical engineering from UNILAG, noted that the world have gone beyond the era of field of study to get employed as only innovative ideas and resourceful persons are needed in the global market.


“Do not just sit on your field or wait for someone to tell you what to do. Opportunities are all around you, but you need to be resourceful and innovative to harness these opportunities.

“Yes university education is good. It is not everything. It is the foundation of what you want to be. How far you go or reach is dependent on how much you are willing to learn and unlearn,” Ogunmekun said.

Also speaking at the conference, CEO Lightfield International Johnson Abbaly stated that “Poverty is very simple. It is simply to be intelligent and do nothing with it.”

“Hiring in the 24th century is not the d same as the 19th century. Employers are in search of candidates who are equipped for the job and not a liability to train all over. Be the top guy in your skill.”

Abbaly, who advised students to be strategic in fulfilling their plans, urged not to neglect their mission to learn through all stages of their schools.

“When you cheat in an exam, you are not cheating your school system, you are cheating the outcome of the capacity the university was meant to build in you,” Abbaly said.

One of the panelist at the summit Kehinde Sobowale said volunteering is one of the keys that can help students unlock their potential in any cause of life they choose.

Recalling her work experience, Sobowale, who is digital marketer and social media expert, said she has never put out her credentials to apply for as job but got referrals from places she once served.

“When people see your contents and consistency, they will be the one to look for you not you looking for them. Whatever you do, do it best,” Sobowale said.

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