The NASRU -LAHI-L- Fatiu Society (NASFAT), an Islamic Religious Group has called on Muslim Youths and Students of Fountain University in Osogbo to embrace employability skills in order to align themselves with the present realities due to technological advancement and also explore the benefits embedded in such skills.
Mr Olaniyi Yusuf, the President of NASFAT gave the advice at the sideline of a day employability skills workshop organised by NASFAT in collaboration with the National Empowerment Economic Committee for Student of Fountain University on Saturday in Osogbo.
Yusuf said, ” The employability workshop is focused on World of Work in preparing youths for the task ahead due to the continuous advancement in technology.
” The workshop would help youths to know how technology is really influencing work and also the systematic changes which they must work with and how they would also explore the benefits,” he said.
According to him, the education system in Nigeria was not in conformity with the present educational realities due to some challenges that needed urgent attention.
“The curriculum in tertiary institutions is not in conformity with what the industry requires and the need for total overhauling of the entire process must be considered.
“What you don’t have, you cannot give and that is the reason why we need to invest in training and retraining of teachers and also ensuring that students embraced the Industrial Training exercise set aside to gain more experience”.
The NASFAT boss, therefore, said the next phase of the NASFAT employability workshop would be held across the North-western part of the country in Abuja, adding that the second phase was in Osun which carries along Oyo and Ekiti.
The Guest Speaker for the employability workshop, Mr Abideen Olasupo, who spoke on the theme ‘ The Future of Work, are you ready. ‘ , said thousands of muslims youths finds themselves out of tertiary institution but never have the critetial to getting their dream jobs.
” The future of work in Nigeria kept changing and the need for muslim youths to get themselves accustomed to different skills was paramount.
“This is why we are introducing them to acquirable skills such as digital training among some machine tools which would serve as benefits for them.
” For those who are already in business, there is also the need for them to have a unique value proposition and a subject of moral and integrity,”he said.
Olasupo appealed to muslim youths and students of Fountain University to embrace employability and empowerment skills in ordered to stand out among other graduates of their equals in Knowledge and skills.
He commended NASFAT for organising the workshop which he said would serve as eye opener and change in orientation and mentality among youths .
A Lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication in Fountain University, Mr Rasheed Adebiyi , who spoke to newsmen, said employability and empowerment skills would help in checking some nefarious activities among youths and also given them sense of hope.
Adebiyi, a strategic communication expert appraised NASFAT for coming up with the programme aimed at targeting some youths by changing their mindset and orientation on employability skills.
” I believe the workshop would help the participants to understand the dynamics of employability skills and how they can explore the possibilities embedded.
“About 500 participants are participating in the workshop drawn from some states to include Osun, Oyo, and Ekiti,” he said.
Adebiyi, however, urged muslim youths and Undergraduates of Fountain University to tapped from the workshop on the way forward towards impacting their society positively without being lazy.
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