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‘My poor education background has robbed me of many opportunities’

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Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka (left); Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Taska Energy Resources Limited, Alhaji Kareem Adegbidin; and Director of Distance Learning Centre, Prof. Olusoji Aremu at the matriculation.


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Taska Energy Resources Limited, Alhaji Kareem Adegbidin who recently matriculated alongside new students at the University of Ibadan (UI) said his decision to seek formal education despite his success in business was to fully maximise and explore all the opportunities life has to offer.

Fifty-year old Adedigbin who likened his return to the classroom as a movement from darkness to light said education is power and key to one’s growth and development.The entrepreneur who was one of the newly matriculated students under the Open Distance Learning (ODL) mode confessed that his poor educational background has robbed him of so many opportunities.He asserted that a rich man without adequate education is like a one-eyed person, pointing out that such a man is deficient in exposure and intellectual nourishment.

“Many people have been asking me the reasons that informed my decision to seek formal education at the University of Ibadan despite my outstanding success in business. The simple answer I always give them is that my retuning to school is like a movement from darkness to light. Life is more than having money, you must also have sound education in order to fully maximize and explore all the opportunities life has to offer.

“Let me tell you that I am from a polygamous family. What my father told those who wanted me to go to school at the early stage was that education was unnecessary, if only this boy could be enrolled in apprenticeship, he would make money. Once he has money, what does he need education for? Yes, I went into business and I made money, but I have since discovered that my father was wrong because life is much more important than having money.”

Alhaji Adegbidin who was well received by the institution’s vice chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka and the Director of Distance Learning Centre, Prof. Olusoji Aremu said education open doors.

The businessman expressed delight for having a second chance to be educated, saying, “it is a rare opportunity to be taught by eminent professors.

“Let me give you an instance, I often find it difficult to flow with my business partners in terms of communication. I believe my life will be better off upon completing this course of study. I have come to realise that education is very important in the life of a man”, Adegbidin said.

Adegbidin who is now an undergraduate student of Adult Education called on government to make education more accessible to people by substantially subsidising it from primary to secondary level.

“When I see children of school age roaming the street, sometimes hawking when they are supposed to be in school, I weep internally because a life without education is, to say the least, disadvantaged. Therefore, government should ensure that people have access to education”, he pleaded.


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