296 Graduates from Lagos Business School 13 Executive Programmes
By Dipo Olowookere
Over the weekend, the Lagos Business School (LBS), Pan Atlantic University, graduated 296 students from 13 Executive Programmes.
The courses were Management Acceleration Programme (MAP 1 and MAP 2), Agri-Business Management Programme (AgMP 5 and AgMP 6), Senior Management Programme (SMP 61, SMP 62 and SMP 63), Owner Manager Programme (OMP 22, OMP 23 and OMP 24), Advanced Management Programme (AMP 29 and AMP 30) and the Chief Executive Programme (CEP 26).
At the ceremony on Saturday, Professor Juan Elegido, Vice-Chancellor, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, congratulated all the graduates and implored them to be good ambassadors of the institution by putting to use the knowledge they had acquired to better Nigeria and the African continent.
Founder of LEAP Africa, Ndidi Nwuneli, who was also the guest speaker at the ceremony, spoke on building a new tribe of entrepreneurs and professionals that would transform the country positively.
“I chose to speak on A New Tribe because we need a new generation of entrepreneurs and professionals that would transform our country Nigeria and contribute significantly to the African continent and the world,” she said.
She further stated that for Nigeria to be reckoned with in the comity of nations, she needed individuals who are innovative, visionary, ethical and merit-driven to man the value chain. She therefore challenged the new graduates to think of ways they could do things differently and also implored them to do away with their egos and differences and “work together to build a better Nigeria.”
Chief Executive Officer of Rexton Industries Limited, Ify Ukachukwu, who graduated from OMP 22, said she felt gratified being a graduate of LBS. She said that the programme was mind-unlocking due to the quality of the faculty and the experience that the institution parades.
“I had a mindset before coming to study here, but after the programme, I have been exposed to new perspectives and ways of doing things. It was a process of learning, unlearning and relearning that has opened a new vista for me. Indeed, it was quite transformational for me,” she said.
Francis Raji, President of St. Paul Ranch and a graduate of AgMP 5, revealed that the programme had changed the operational style of his business. “The programme opened my horizon to re-invent my business. We have re-strategise our farming to make more profits and ensure that supply meets demand,” he said. He termed the LBS faculty as excellent.
Toyin Sanni, Group CEO of United Capital Plc and President of Chief Executive Programme (CEP 26 class) said that the Lagos Business School remains a reliable resource centre for private individuals, entrepreneurs, professionals and corporate bodies who want to acquire advanced skills in their areas of endeavour.
“The level of insight and exposure acquired during this programme is commendable and we are proud to say that LBS is a front liner in professional development in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa,” she said. She thanked the LBS faculty for their readiness to add value that would impact positively on the value chain.
Bola Adesola, President of LBS Alumni Association and Managing Director Standard Chartered Bank inducted the graduates into the Alumni Association and welcomed them “welcome to our tribe of privileged, honoured and distinguished LBS Alumni” she said. She also charged them to be ambassadors of LBS and to uphold her values and objectives. Adesola concluded by encouraging the graduates to be champions of the good work that LBS was doing.
Dr Enase Okonedo, Dean, LBS, congratulated the graduates and new alumni of the institution and appreciated them for their commitment, which had continually enabled the institution to equip itself to be able to contribute its quota of providing quality education and professional development to individuals and corporate bodies.
She also applauded the graduates for their zeal to study at the LBS despite the economic recession many professionals use as reason not to invest in their self-development.
“Despite the economic challenges that could deter many private individuals and Organizations from investing in courses like these, you have demonstrated your zeal to equip yourselves professionally nonetheless. I implore you to use this zeal to contribute to the global value-chain,” she counselled.
The excited graduates said they were going out positively influenced and are ready to contribute their quota in making the society a better place.
OOU Introduces Work-Study Programme to Reduce Attrition
By Adedapo Adesanya
To boost employment numbers and reduce the alarming attrition of students, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, has announced the commencement of a work-study programme for skilled students to earn while still attending classes.
The university said in a statement issued by its Registrar, Mr Femi Ogunwomoju, that the initiative would help ease the financial burden on parents and guardians and reduce the rate at which students drop out of school due to financial constraints.
Mr Ogunwomoju said the programme, through the directorate of entrepreneurship studies, “will enable students with demonstrable and proven vocational skills to work in the university and earn some stipends and still attend classes.”
Nigeria has the second highest number of unemployed youths in the world, with 53 per cent of the youth population without jobs. This country is second to only South Africa, which has 61 per cent youth unemployment.
OOU said it launched the work-study programme during its 40th anniversary in February to checkmate the increasing rate of dropouts in the institution.
“When we noticed the rate at which students were dropping out, we did the SWOT analysis of what happened to them,” said the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Mr Ayodeji Agboola, was quoted as saying in the statement.
“We came to realise that the major problem there is funding. So, we instituted immediate funding, but of course, it cannot take care of all of them,” the professor said.
He said the university, therefore, resolved to cater for 500 students under the work-study programme.
“With work studies, we are sure that the majority of them will be accommodated, and that will also solve the problem,” he said.
Students of the university who are interested and qualified to be part of the programme are requested to fill out a form.
The university management, therefore, urged interested qualified students should register through the Directorate of Entrepreneurship Studies within two weeks beginning from May 25.
200 Undergraduates to Enjoy Stanbic IBTC N80m University Scholarship Scheme
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
No fewer than 200 undergraduates who performed well in the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will enjoy N80 million worth of educational support from Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc.
The funds would be disbursed to the beneficiaries under the Stanbic IBTC 2023 University Scholarship Award Scheme.
The selection process for the scholarships was rigorous and fair, with beneficiaries chosen from each of the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. The candidates were carefully evaluated based on merit, taking into account their exceptional academic performance, the organisation said.
The 200 scholarship recipients will be able to pursue their dreams with financial confidence, knowing that Stanbic IBTC will stand firmly by their side.
The company disclosed that the money would be given to the students in annual instalments over the course of four academic years. It would provide recipients with the essential financial assistance required to meet their educational expenses.
Subsequent disbursements will be contingent upon the beneficiaries fulfilling certain criteria. These criteria include maintaining their enrolment in the universities and degree programs to which they were admitted, as well as adhering to the academic and administrative policies set forth by their respective institutions, the firm stated.
By ensuring compliance with these requirements, the recipients can continue to receive the scholarship throughout their academic journey, facilitating their uninterrupted pursuit of higher education, it added.
“At Stanbic IBTC, we recognize the importance of education and its role in shaping the future of our great nation, Nigeria.
“Our principal objective for this scholarship is to provide unlimited opportunities for bright, young Nigerians who have demonstrated academic merit,” the chief executive of Stanbic IBTC, Mr Demola Sogunle, said.
He noted that the number of annual scholarship recipients was increased from 100 to 200, as education should not be a luxury reserved for a select few but accessible to all.
By investing in the academic journeys of these exceptional students, the leading end-to-end financial institution will not only make a difference in their lives but also contribute to the development and prosperity of the nation as a whole.
Wema Bank Employees Donate Items to Isale Eko Grammar School
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
It was an exciting moment for students of Isalẹ Eko Grammar School, Lagos and a fulfilling time for employees of Wema Bank Plc when they delivered some tables and chairs to the institution last Friday.
The items were donated to the school as part of the financial institution’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiative aimed to contribute to the development of education in the country, especially in its host communities.
It was gathered that Wema Bank employees purchased the items for the school by contributing the salaries under the Salary for Love campaign of the lender.
The bank expressed optimism that the items would undoubtedly transform the learning environment, creating a haven of comfort and inspiration for the students as they embark on their academic journeys.
Apart from the furniture donation, Wema Bank extended its support even further by bestowing scholarships upon two students of Isalẹ Eko Grammar School.
These scholarships, provides invaluable financial assistance and will serve as stepping stones for these exceptional students as they unlock their full potential and courageously chase their dreams.
At the presentation of the items to the school, the Head of Credit Risk Management at Wema Bank, Mr Uchenna Obazeh, emphasized the bank’s firm belief in the transformative power of education.
He commended the unwavering dedication of Wema Bank’s staff members and their resolute commitment to supporting education within the community.
“Through the ‘Salary for Love’ initiative, our employees have showcased their exceptional devotion to shaping a brighter future through education. We are humbled to contribute to the growth and development of Isale Eko Grammar School, as we remain steadfast in our mission of corporate citizenship,” he said.
In his remarks, the Principal of Isalẹ Eko Grammar School, Mr Mukaila Olatoye, expressed deep gratitude on behalf of the institution, recognizing the profound influence this generous donation will have on the students’ educational pursuits.
Also, the students thanked Wema Bank for the donation.
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