The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Alumni Association says there is need to improve the career and entrepreneurial skills of students.
The national president of the association, Dr. Segun Ogundiran stated this at the maiden edition of the Post University Degree Summit (PUDS), organised for graduating students of FUNAAB on Thursday, in Abeokuta.
A statement issued by Mr Azeez Salawu, the association’s spokesman, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Ogundiran as stressing the need to create an avenue for essential entrepreneurship, career, and leadership skills.
According to him, the present state of the country makes the mental health of fresh graduates unstable, which in turn, affects the quality representation in different strata.
“The desire of the association is to have knowledgeable alumni, armed with the requisite skills that will drive the development of the country in areas of academic, social development, and career enhancements,” he said.
The vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Kolawole Salako, agreed that improving the career and entrepreneurial skills of students should be paramount, as the university was turning out graduates from many quarters.
Represented by the deputy vice chancellor (academic), Prof. Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale, the vice-chancellor urged the participants to adequately utilise the opportunity provided by the summit to improve themselves.
The dean of student affairs, Prof. Adebukunola Omemu said the programme was organised to boost the capacity of graduates, describing the summit as the beginning of greater things to come.
Omemu urged the students to change the world rather than allowing the world to change them.
Similarly, the principal assistant registrar, guidance and counselling unit of the university, Dr. Modesta Ofodile advised the graduands to be optimistic whenever they encountered any challenge, saying they would surely overcome (NAN).