Covenant, Cisco Empowers Ota Youths, Advised Them To Maximise Skills

By Ayo Ajayi

The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Abiodun Adebayo has advised the youths in Ota, to maximize the skills acquired under the Ota Youth Empowerment Digital Training, in order not to lose the knowledge.

Professor Adebayo spoke yesterday at the closing Ceremony and Certificate Award Programme of the three weeks of training, organized by the University Community Development Impact Initiative Committee in conjunction with Cisco Network Academy.

The Vice-Chancellor said, “Please maximize this great opportunity this platform provided, start small and build on it. Until you start small today, you may not end up big tomorrow. The knowledge you have been equipped with today, if not engaged, will fizzle away.

He noted that as a responsible university, the institution was interested in the development of its host community, thereby fulfilling one of the purposes of the establishment of a university and capacity building, which is one of the institution’s core values.

Speaking in the same vein, the Olota of Ota, HRH, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege appealed to the beneficiaries of the training programme to make use of the knowledge acquired, even if they have to volunteer to build on the knowledge. He promised to employ one of the participants in the Cinematography programme.

In his address, the Managing Director, Unites Cisco, Mr Toyin Olatayo noted that his organisation was involved in the training because of the passion for human development. “The greatest investment in life is investment in human beings. Even though investing in infrastructure is very important, it is the human being that will drive those infrastructures.

“All the participants are now leaving this programme as confident, creative creators of new technologies rather than being users only. They will also understand the impact of those technologies on society,” he explained.

Also speaking on the sideline at the event, the Chairperson, Covenant University Community Development Impact Initiative Committee, (CUCDIIC) Professor Tayo George, who initiated the programme expressed the importance of digital education to society.

She said, “We know the importance of digital education in our society today and it is one of the things we do in the community development platform of the university. We try as much as possible to reach out to our host community with impactful programmes, and this is one of such laudable programmes.”

Not less than 150 youths in Ota were empowered in the digital training which included Cinematography, Cyber Security, Internet of Things (IoT), IT Essentials & Phone Repairs, Graphics, Python, Solar Panel and Web Design.

Some of the participants who distinguished themselves were awarded. The Changemaker Award went to Omotola Sunday Akinyeoluwa while Smart Beyioku and Ireoluwatonde Fasanu were awarded Future Leader Awards.

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