Higher institution students in Nigeria must strive to acquire requisite knowledge and skills that will make them fit and indispensable in the labour market.
This was the submission of various resource persons and motivational speakers at a seminar organised by Prison Break Nigeria for students of Federal Polytechnic, Ede in Osun State.
Addressing students of the Department of Office Technology Management, OTM, the speakers were unanimous in their call for students to be focused and rise up for future challenges.
The initiator of the seminar, Mr Tolulope Isaac said it aimed at liberating graduates from joblessness.
“Prison Break is to get people free, especially the youths from mental captivity. We realise that there is a kind of knowledge gap. I’m using my personal resources to do this and I consider it as my contribution to the society,” Isaac who also graduated from the department stated.
The aim of the programme is also to capture the mentality of the youths and guide them to become successful in life.
Another resource person, Mr Folorunso Oluwole, who is also a lecturer from the OTM department urged the students to add value to themselves through seriousness and dedication to their studies, in addition to acquisition of relevant skills that could give them an edge among their peers.
“Apart from obtaining certificates from higher institutions, you must also have knowledge of Information Communication Technology, ICT, to give you extra value beyond your Diploma or Degree. Knowledge of ICT would make you perform better in office.
“It is unfortunate today that many graduates are not employable and they would not be able to get jobs due to several factors, which include poor communication skill,’’ Mr Oluwole explained.
A motivational speaker, Mr Bukola Idowu also urged the students to manage their time well, avoid bad friends and cultivate the habit of doing things accurately with speed.
“This will make you to become the delight of their employers…You must acquire useful knowledge and skills. It is very important that you prove to the employers that you are an asset to them and not a liability. Once you have the capacity to add value, the employer will be willing to give you jobs,” he added.