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Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta Muslim Alumni on Saturday organised an employability skills seminar for students and members of the association.
The MAPAMA said the seminar was to ensure graduates of the Institution is equipped with adequate skills that any employer would be interested in.
The seminar, held at the Wale Babalakin Hall situated within the school premises had in attendance lecturers, past and present students of the Polytechnic.
Speaking at the seminar, the lead lecturer, Mr. Ayo Muritala accused lecturers for high rate of unemployment in the county.
Muritala who is the Managing Partner/C.E.O of Knewrow lamented lectures non-ability to teach students with innovations.
This according to him, will make students lack creativity.
He urged participants of the seminar to be skilled, honest and build network of people, saying that is the key to getting a good job.
He said, ” Lecturers are also to be blamed, life is changing, are we changing? Our lecturers will still be teaching a 2022 student what they taught a 1996 student. How on earth will someone still teach an accounting student how to use typewriter, in this age?
“Some lecturers teach their students to cram and pass not to know, 80% of lecturers teach to pass exams, yet they expect such a student to be productive outside, to be able to think on his own.”
In his address, Mr. Patrick Umo-Adiasung, who is a Human Resource professional advised the participants to equip themselves with what he described as learning, literacy and creative skills.
Umo-Adiasung who is highly skilled in Talent Management and Organizational Development said “You need to learn, unlearn and relearn. When you want to learn, you must be like an empty cup, not a filled one. You must also be literally skilled because education would always be a means to your ends. Creativity is another important skill. You must be creative, everything we see today started from crazy ideas, we just need to be creative”.
The National President of MAPAMA Taofeeq Oyeniyi noted that one of the objectives of the organization is to develop the career and academics of its members.
He said, “In April 2001, MAPAMA was birthed inside Ya-salam Central Mosque, Onikolobo Abeokuta, just some kilometers away from here, one of her main objectives in consonance with her motto “Brotherhood for Development” is to see to the development of her members in all ramifications – career, academic cum scholarship. As a matter of fact, it is conspicuously stated in our constitution as part of our objectives, under Article 2, Aim and Objectives, where it states inter alia ; To evolve a system that shall enhance economic development of members, to assist members in their career and professions.”