Entrepreneur experts have charged students of higher institution students in Nigeria to strive towards acquiring requisite knowledge and skills that will make them fit and indispensable in the labour market.
They gave the advice at a seminar organised by Prison Break Nigeria for students of the Department of Office Technology Management (OTM), Federal Polytechnic, Ede in Osun State.
Addressing the students speakers were unanimous in charging the students to be focused and buckle up for future challenges.
Mr Tolulope Isaac, the initiator of the seminar said the seminar 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 and I am using my personal resources to do this and I consider it as my contribution to the society,” he said.
Isaac, who also graduated from the department, said the aim of the programme is 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 in the department, charged the students to add value to themselves with seriousness and dedication to their studies.
He also charged them to acquire 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 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,” Oluwole said.
Also speaking, a motivational speaker, Mr Bukola Idowu, urged the students to manage their time well, discard bad friends and cultivate the habit of doing things accurately with speed.
This he said will make them 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 would be willing to give you jobs,” he said.
BY Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo