Covenant, RCE Ogun, Others Train Youths for Sustainable Wealth Creation
A call for adoption of new thinking and approach in the light of paradigm shift from the industrial to the creative age, which has significantly impacted human existence, has been advanced, if entrepreneurs must cope and remain relevant in the digital era.
The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, made the call on Monday, September 30, 2019, during his welcome addressat the opening ceremony of a 3-day training programme, jointly organised by Covenant University’s Hebron Start-up Lab and Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE Ogun), with the theme‘Digital Skills Training for Sustainable Wealth Creation’.
Professor Atayero noted that the digital era was changing so fast that the replication of more of the same knowledge and skills of previous days would not suffice to address the challenges of the present day, not to talk of the future. According to him, “The increasing levels of digital capability and digital density continue to create new opportunities to change the terms of competition and create digital disruptions”.
He reminded the gathering that Covenant, being one of the 130 African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Centres of Excellence for the ‘Coding for Employment’ initiative, remained committed to her community development mission as a University, as the digital skills training was auspicious for all and sundry.
In his opening remark, the Chairman, Covenant University RCE Ogun, Professor Evans Osabuohien, represented by a member of RCE Ogun, Dr. Abiola Babajide, stated that the purpose of the training programme was to expose, educate and empower youths in Ogun State and neighbouring environment on the necessary digital skills, in order to boost their learning capacity, increase their access to information and enhance their business and economic activities sustainably.
Professor Osabuohien said that the ultimate goal of RCE Ogun was to make a good environment emerge from the efforts of everyone present at the programme, with a view to contributing positively via meaningful actions towards making the planet better by adopting small changes in the way businesses were run and the way people disposed waste.
The Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), Professor Emeka Iweala, told participants that there were certain endeavours that could no longer be done the way they had been done before, without incorporating elements of digitization and computerization, which was the very essence of the training programme.
“We recognize the importance of Covenant in Ota, Ogun State, and cannot exist in isolation, thus the need for us to continue to impact our environment, which is why Hebron Start-up Lab, RCE Ogun and Zenith Bank have come together to impart people with relevant skills so they can improve on their businesses and impact their various communities in furtherance of the United Nations SDGs,” he added.
In a goodwill message to participants, His Royal Highness, Oba Abdul-Akeem Kolawole, Onikotun of Ota, representing the Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege, appreciated Covenant University Management for its consistent efforts at improving the lives of the people of Ota and the whole of Ogun State, and for the continuous investment in youths of the community.
The monarch charged shortlisted participants at the event, to make the most of the opportunities that the digital skills training for sustainable wealth creation in Covenant was availing them, with the consciousness that the future of the nation rest solely on their readiness to learn something new and adopt new skills towards improving the way business were done in the country.
The training programme will run from Monday, September 30, to Thursday, October 3, 2019, with over 35 youths from age 17 to 39 participating in the intense and robust digital skills acquisition scheme at the ICT laboratory of Hebron Start-up Lab in Covenant University.