As part of activities marking the completion of the 2018/2019 practical skills in entrepreneurship course on Friday, November 1, 2019, Year three students of the Federal University of Technology Akure have showcased several specially handcrafted indigenous products at the Final product Exhibition Expo organized by the Centre for Entrepreneurship (CENT). Students were grouped for the training in different clusters namely confectioneries, clothing and textiles, agriculture and value addition, renewable energy, photography, videography, hair dressing catering and fashion designing.
Students and their various trainers displayed some of the products that emanated from the three months training for viewing and purchase. Products on display included cakes, drinks, shoes, tailored materials, Aso-Oke, Ankara bags and fashion accessories, bathing soaps, honey, lip balm, facial masks, hair cream, fish, solar lamps, portable chargers, and interior decorations.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor Professor Joseph Fuwape said “by this training and exhibition CENT is walking in tandem with the mission and vision of the institution. In FUTA we teach our students’ academic and intellectual knowledge thus arming them with life skills”. The vice chancellor underscored the importance of enterprise and wealth creation stating that students should acquire knowledge from the practical skill training to become employers of labour in the long term. He said “it is pertinent to recognize your areas of strength and creativity and carve a niche for yourself in the business world. Those who will be wealthy are those that are ready to be employers of labour. He assured aspiring entrepreneurs among the students of the support of the university administration stating that FUTA will not relent in enabling students get the support and logistics needed to establish themselves.
On her part, the Director, CENT, Professor Mrs. Helen Ogunsuyi commended the university administration for its commitment towards the success of the practical skill training programme.
She commended trainers for their dedication and determination to impart knowledge to the students. She said the training commenced with a high level of commitment, dedication and enthusiasm from all and sundry and this high-spirited passion was conspicuously displayed throughout the training period. The director said 4585 students participated in a total number of 81 diverse skills. She said 65 of these skills were handled by FUTA based trainers while 16 were sourced externally. Ogunsuyi expressed satisfaction with the training adding that students were gainfully imparted by the lectures and practical sessions delivered by the carefully sourced resource persons. The Vice Chancellor in company of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Professor Rufus Ogunsemi and the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development Professor Philip Oguntunde assessed the various products on display.