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Obafela Bank-Olemoh

Obafela Bank-Olemoh

Special Adviser to the Lagos State governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, has charged undergraduates, who participated in the just concluded Ready.Set.Work (RSW) training programme, to put to good use, skills and principles learnt during the training.
   
Addressing the participants, who are all final year students of the state-owned tertiary institutions, at the end of the 13-week intensive entrepreneurial and employability training scheme, Bank-Olemoh said what would make a great difference in them is the judicious use of skills acquired during the training and not the training itself.
 
He noted that from what the participants displayed while the programme, which took place at the Lagos State University (LASU) lasted, government was beginning to achieve the purpose of the scheme.
   
He said, “For us as a government, we are very excited at the output we have seen so far. It is very exciting to see organisations like PwC, SystemSpecs, GTBank, Access Bank, FCMB, Total and Jobberman, among others come to our school, interview our students for internships and make positive comments about them.
   
“One of the key things the governor asked us to do is the feedback from the corporate world on the quality of our graduates. At the end of it, we have graduates that are qualitative and that can create jobs. And so, I am appealing to the participants to put to good use, the skills and values they learnt during the training. It is not what they have learnt that will change their lives, but what they do with what they have learnt.”
   
He said plans are underway to expand the next edition of the programme to include agriculture, tourism, entertainment and teacher-training track, in addition to the current schedule. 
   
Vice Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun, remarked that the scheme has, to a large extent, changed the orientation of LASU students about the world of work.
“It has given them the understanding of the reality in the world of work, and made them understand that the competition out there is very keen. They are now prepared psychologically, mentally and physically. It has also inculcated and deepened the element of discipline in them. In the outside world, discipline is critical. If you are not disciplined, you will not be able to survive. So there is an entrepreneurship thinking coming on from them.”


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