The Lagos State Branch of the University of Lagos Alumni Association has launched a 12-week virtual training programme in technological skills development for interested students of the University. The programme was launched on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at the Afe Babalola Hall.
With a focus on equipping participants with the necessary skills to thrive in the fast-growing tech industry, the programme was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon (GOS), an alumnus of the Department of Political Science and a former representative of Lagos West Senatorial District at the Nigerian Senate.
In his Welcome Address, Chairman of the Lagos Branch of UNILAG Alumni Association, Mr. Owoeye-Adedeji Adeyemo commended Senator Solomon for his willing support for the initiative.
“What Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon (GOS) has done is commendable and it is a telling instruction to us as alumni that Government alone can no longer fund education. We have to come back and contribute to supporting our Alma Mater”.
The sponsor of the event, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, expressed delight at being back at the University of Lagos.
“This is a university worthy to be called by that name. Anytime I remember that I passed through the four walls of UNILAG, I feel blessed; and I feel more so today I am back here in a capacity to give back”.
The former Senator urged the university to do more in engaging its alumni for its continuous development.
“There are many things that go on in the university that are more than physical buildings and structures; and these things require money. The university must do more to approach thousands of its alumni who are out there in good positions to make contributions that go even beyond money”.
He charged the participants to make the most of the training programme and to ensure that they emerge from it as empowered people.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, OON, FAS, was also present at the event. She commended the promoter of the event as an exemplary alumnus worth emulating.
“I particularly appreciate the timeliness of this initiative; not only because it offers programmes that are in-demand, but also because it syncs well with our efforts here at the University of Lagos to keep our staff and students abreast of career advancement opportunities in the digital age. We have bought certification licenses on Coursera that graduates from this programme can leverage to further certify themselves in their respective tracks. Senator Ganiyu Solomon is an alumnus worth celebrating. We thank him for his generosity, and I urge other members of the alumni to replicate his noble gesture”.
170 participants have been shortlisted for the 12-week virtual training programme and the following are programmes on offer: Product Design, Data Analysis, Web Development, Graphic Design, and Digital Marketing.