Varsity don charges students to excellence
A university don, Prof Abiodun Musa Aibinu of the Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA) has charged students to excellence during a seminar organised by the Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI) in Lagos.
The programme tagged Youth Orientation Programme (YOP) was attended by over 800 students. The students were trained on human capacity development and leadership skills.
The Head of Department of Mechatronics Engineering Department of FUTMINNA, Prof Aibinu emphasized the need for students to remain focus in the pursuit of their goals.
Aibinu who spoke on the theme ‘Rising above Distractions’ said there are numerous distractions in and around students lives, hence he urged them to strive harder to ensure they are not distracted.
“Avoid the company of bad and unproductive friends or peers is another strategic means of curtailing distraction. surrounding yourself with materials and persons that tends to give you more information as to what you are more inclined to, helps you to be more focused and productive,”
The Prof enjoined students to aim high in their academic pursuits saying this will keep them on the track in their endavours.
“One of the most effective distraction management techniques is switch off all communication devices during any thinking work such as; studying or doing your home works,” he said.
Keynote address was given by the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Education District vi, Mrs Funmilayo Onadipe who was represented by the Director, Students Administration, Mr Olukoya O A.
in her speech, the TGPS appreciated the effort of the AEI in its efforts to improve the standard of education in the state and Nigeria at large.
She urged the students to remain focus in their academic pursuit and never allow distractions in their life.
“Never ever take your eyes away from your goals, keep your eyes on your goal, never ever be distracted, pray and seek God always for direction and guidance in all you do,” she said.
Executive Director of AEI, Engr Faheed Olajide said the initiative is worried by the decline in education standard hence its efforts to help ameliorate the falling standard.
”For a nation with a growing young population, the situation is deplorable and translates to having hordes of unfit for employment youths in the coming years. To hit the point, Nigerias future will be determined by the quality of education we bestow on our youths today. Unfortunately, the situation seems not to be abating and does not seem to take center stage yet in the affairs of this nation.
These concerns, that were already evident more than a decade ago, informed the formation of the Academic Excellence Initiative. The organization was formed out of a great concern for the growing number of dropouts and the declining academic accomplishments among the Nigerian youths. This concern forms the core and thrust of all AEI activities,” he said.
Engr Olajide said AEI is a stop gap between students’ academic ambitions and all forms of obstacles that may confront them in the pursuit of their goals.
”We are a stop gap between the academic ambition of students and all forms of obstacles that may hinder them. The body mobilizes personnel, material support and funds on behalf of students and judiciously manage same to develop students of unparalleled educational achievement and moral rectitude. we are what the nation needs to wake up to the task of investing massively in Educational pursuits”, he said.
One of the participants, Daniel Moses thanked the organisers of the programme. He said the programme was life changing one for him.
“I really appreciate AEI, for organising this YOP to train us on our future endavours, it is a life changing programme for, i have indeed benefited immersely from it,” he said.
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