A United State based Alumnus of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in the field of Applied Geology has urged upcoming Geoscientists to always evaluate their career desire and explore new avenues that could strengthen and broaden their skills for optimal performance. Mr. Victor Ogunmola, a member of the Career Sciences Committee at American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Houston, Texas Area, United State of America made this known at a training in career opportunities in the energy industry and related disciplines for the post graduate students in the School of Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEMS) of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) recently.
Ogunmola who addressed the students on the concerns of early professionalism and being students in a dynamic world of price ups and downs said “the energy industry needs new geoscientists with the talent and drive to find, develop and produce the energy that people will need. To attain this, market yourself as accomplished scientists, skilled data analyst, a highly computer literate and educator”. He also urged them to be fully involved and active in the school students AAPG and the local professional Geological meetings to familiarize with local Geoscientists. While emphasizing the future of the profession, he said “we will need a lot of geosciences professionals to replace those retiring and to accommodate the predicted job growth.
In meeting the demand of the downstream industry, Ogunmola called on participants to consider altering their academic path by adding additional classes and look for academic research projects that will help them to acquire additional experience. He also encouraged the participants to be flexible and willing to step outside their comfort zones by taking risks. “To be the best as a Geoscientist, stay involved in professional and local societies, acquire a broad set of skills, take continuing education courses, demonstrate curiosity and a desire to learn, cultivate leadership and entrepreneurial qualities and network with individuals in multiple aspects of the industry” he said.Ogunmola emphasized the need to write a winning and properly packaged proposal, because from experience most applications from Nigeria did not scale through selection processes as a result of deficiency in packaging.
Speaking at the training the convener, Professor Yunusa Asiwaju-Bello lauded the efforts of Ogunmola, saying that participants should tap into the rich lecture to broaden their horizon and reshape their future, and said the idea of the workshop addressing the concerns of early professionals was first borne out of Ogunmola’s desire to give back to his Alma mater
The graduating students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, (FUTA) were given a preview of what awaiting them in the larger society after graduation. A 2-day workshop organized by the FUTA Alumni Association was facilitated and hosted by the President, FUTA Alumni Association, Mr. Olaitan Adesanya Adesomoju was held on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th of July, 2018. The speakers at the two-day event were illustrious alumnus and alumnae from diverse corporate and private sectors. Engr. Mrs. Valerie Ifueko Agberaga, the President of W. F. E. O. Abuja, Engr. John Ayodeji, MD/CEO, Bold Concepts and Stanbless Nig. Ltd., Mrs. Ngozi Okonta-Simeon, Agro Flight Limited, Mr. Femi Oshinlaja, Vice President, Direct Sales, Airtel Nigeria and Mr. Akinjisola Ige, CEO, Heritage Continental Hotel.
In attendance were the past president of FUTA Alumni Association, Pastor Wale Adelakun and some staff and students of the University. The University Advancement Center (UAC) was represented by the Chief Development Officer, Mr. Ojumu; the Alumni Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Adefemi and the Web Management Officer, Mr. Adeolu Olaniyan.
Speaking from his vast experiences, the first speaker, Engr. John Ayodeji encouraged the students to develop themselves, cultivate and imbibe the art of saving, have integrity, possess an overcomer’s mentality, have plans and be positive. The second keynote speaker, Mr. Femi Oshinlaja admonished the graduating students on critical success factors for reaching and staying at the top of one’s chosen career path. He posited on gaining clarity, transforming desperation to inspiration, healthy living, enforcing one’s boundaries, committing oneself 1000 percent, communicating powerfully and nurturing empowered relationships otherwise known as networking. Mrs. Ngozi Okonta-Simeon talked about having passion for whatever career path the students choose and being relentless in one’s pursuit to achieve greatness. In her words, “nothing ever dominates your life that doesn’t happen every day. The secret to your future is in your daily routine.” She advised the students to be wary of the company they keep and cut down on their time on social platforms to focus on profitable ventures. At the end of the workshop, gifts and souvenir items were given out to deserving students to encourage and galvanize them with a view to make them better individuals.
The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) Alumni-in-diaspora Reunion event took place at Sheraton Cavalier Hotel, in Calgary, Canada from 4th to 6th of August 2017.
The meeting led to the adoption of their Alma Mater Alumni in diaspora constitution, issues of membership registration and giving back to their alma mater through programs and projects. There was a presentation of business methodology and prospect, by an alumnus.
The Gala Night presented the opportunity to raise fund for scholarships for the current FUTA students. In response to the clarion call of the Vice -Chancellor’s speech, Professor Joseph A. Fuwape, delivered by his representative, Prof. Femi Akindele: It is the belief of all of us that great schools become great not only because of teaching but because of the quality of the products from the schools. In addition, if the quality products do not come together as one body, they will never have a voice or impact in the society. It was submitted that we are the University, we make the University.
Westin Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland United State of America was the place where the Reunion took place on July 31, 2015, the second edition of FUTA Alumni-in-diaspora of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA). The FUTA community was well represented. In attendance were the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. G. Adebiyi Daramola as Guest of Honour, Prof. Bayo Aborisade, Director University Advancement Centre and Enock Ajayi, Chief Development/Alumni Officer. Alumni in diaspora were fully present among others, Professor Henry Fadamiro, Akindele Odeshi, Mrs. Lola Ogunyemi (aka Miss FUTA) and Mr Akin Aina, National president of FUTA Alumni Association. The Re-union was garnished with a picnic/cookout at a park in Crofton, Maryland on Saturday and embellished with a tour within the District of Columbia on Sunday, August 2, 2015.
The maiden edition of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) Alumni-in-diaspora Reunion was held at the Hilton Hotel, Paddington, London. It was no doubt a milestone that opened another vista in the checkered history of FUTA. The planning team comprised of motivated and selfless Alumni volunteers across the globe, in all continents, who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the Reunion. The planning team members were Lola Ogunyemi (nee Akinyosoye, ’89), Henry Fadamiro (’89), Segun Akinfe (’92), Akin Akinsola (’98), Yewande Arogundade (nee Amuda, ’91), Isaac Wole Ojo (’88), Foluke Falade (nee Omowaiye, ’91), Morakinyo Adesulu (’87), Yinka Ayodele (nee Owaduge, ’89) and Gbenga Akinrodoye (’92).
The keynote address was delivered by the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. G. Adebiyi Daramola. The former Registrar, Dr. (Mrs) Funke Oyebade, Director of University Advancement Centre attended the program on Saturday, 25th August, 2012.
Awards were presented to some distinguished principal officers for their contributions to the development of the University. These included the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebisi Balogun for the significant infrastructural development and capacity building at FUTA during his tenure; Dr. (Mrs) Oyebade received an award for her long year service. The immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Daramola was also recognized as the 6th substantive Vice Chancellor newly appointed.
Alumni couples were also recognized for marrying their fellow Futarians, and special achievement award of the day was given to each member of the 1987 graduating class present and they joyfully cut the 25th Anniversary cake. “Distinguished Alumni 2012” award was presented to Lola Ogunyemi while Prof. Henry Fadamiro highlighted Lola’s leadership role and outstanding contributions to the success of the reunion. Great and Articulate Futarians!!!.