A university teacher and eminent product of Ansar-Ud-Deen College Isolo, Lagos, Prof. Muiz Alani Durosinmi has admonished students to be wary of social pressures, peer group influence and challenges in the society and to avoid negative traits that may derail their dreams for bright future.
Durosinmi who was the Chairman at the valedictory service/graduation of AUD College also reiterated the need for the students to strive hard, to be prayerful and to set clear goals to achieve academic success and attain lofty heights in life.
The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife-trained medical scholar said qualitative academic, moral values, religious knowledge and faith are essential to the overall development of the child and to make them worthy ambassadors of the school, family and fatherland.
“It is not enough to have good education and academic excellence; you must combine education with high moral foundation and cultural values,” he admonished. “You should not allow the efforts of your parents to be in vain by exposing yourselves to negative influence. Above all, be diligent in choosing friends or who you associate with.”
In his presentation, the school principal, Mr. Tajudeen Adebambo urged the students to imbibe integrity, honesty, hard work and commitment as sound principles to achieve success in life. The guest speaker, Dr. Tajudeen Yussuf, of the University of Lagos charged the students to be prepared for the task ahead by avoiding distractions and reckless online engagement provided by the social media and peer group networks. “I urge you to let your mobile phone be a useful tool for education and communication only,” he said. “Dream dreams to become entrepreneurs, business owners or investors. Create your own job and make things happen. In Economics, resources are said to be scarce but human wants are unlimited. Whereas in Islam, resources are not scarce, and there is abundant grace. Rather our needs are unlimited. You should strive hard to tap the resources God has given you.”
A total of 43 SS 3 students graduated. Aishat Adeogun who emerged the overall best student, by leading the SS 3 class in Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Data Processing while her sister Misiturah also set clear records in JSS 3 as award winner in Computer studies, mathematics, English language, Home Economics, PHE and French, read the valedictory speech. She thanked her parents for their efforts and support towards building her future.
Other SS 3 students who went home with prizes include Fathia Ajeigbe, Abdulmalik Balogun, Abdulfatai Abu-Ubaydah, Bolutife Oshikoya, Lawal Fawaz Musa Badmus and Muniroh Bello.
Why we train our students to acquire entrepreneurship skills –School proprietress
The Proprietress of Catlad College Ipaja, Lagos, Mrs. Christianah Laditan, has called on parents and teachers in the country to educate and encourage their wards to develop their God-given skills and become employers of labour at the completion of their education, saying that the era of white-collar job is gone in the country.
Laditan stated this during an entrepreneurship programme of the school, where students showcased various home appliances they had made. It includes an automatic blender that works without electricity. One of the students, Fuad Obe, came up with the idea and all the students sat down to develop on it. Laditan explained that the SS2 made a special toilet seat designed for the old, young and babies.
JSS 1 and 2 students made a specially designed school bag and lunch box with different compartments. Looking very attractive, it can be used by schoolchildren. The proprietress reiterated her belief in the students becoming self-reliant, noting that by the time they graduate they would have acquired skills and ideas to start any business of their choice.
She further explained: “At Catlad College, we have already set the ball rolling by training our students to be entrepreneurs. This project started about four years ago. A day is set aside for students to showcase their talents. They imagine themselves setting up a business. They are given three weeks to prepare for the entrepreneur day during which we now give every class the opportunity to make their presentations. We want to nurture these students as young entrepreneurs not as people who go into the world looking for jobs.”