No fewer than 200 tech enthusiasts and students have convened for a three-week training workshop at the University of Osun in Osun state.
The workshop, organized by the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology Students Association in collaboration with Armastus Tech Hub, commenced on Friday, January 26, and concluded on Saturday, February 10, 2024.
The workshop aimed to equip students with practical tech skills and underscore its significance in their daily lives.
The president of the faculty and a 400-level student, Rotimi Victor Boluwatife, also known as lovablevictor, highlighted that the workshop aimed to enhance the skills of young and aspiring tech enthusiasts.
He said: “I am a 400l student of computer science under the faculty of computing and information technology.
“Our first tech event which we called FOCIT General orientation, tagged ‘discovering the opportunities in computing and information technology’ which we had on the 17th of January led to this workshop, to orientate them about the abundance of opportunities in tech and motivate them to develop themselves in a skill alongside with the struggle to get a first degree.
“The workshop was organised to empower the student with tech skills, to make them feel and understand the practical aspects of their fields of study and to prepare them for life after school.”
When asked about the importance of tech on the Nigerian economy, Rotimi said: “Technology has the potential to significantly boost Nigeria’s economy by fostering innovation, generating employment, and increasing productivity in some industries, including banking, agriculture, healthcare, and education. It can aid in closing gaps in infrastructure, expanding market accessibility, and empowering business owners.”
He addressed one of the beneficiaries of the workshop, who said the workshop was a great learning session for him and that the workshop had given him core insights on different aspects of tech.
Rotimi said: “This workshop has opened my eyes to web app development and its use, I really didn’t know how to go around it before now and depended on YouTube lectures, but this workshop has helped me a whole lot, and now I can do things better myself.”
Certificates were awarded to all students who participated as the facilitators and lecturers as he urged them to ensure they practice all they have learnt and continue to develop themselves.
Giving the closing remarks, Rotimi appreciated the school authorities and lecturers who made the workshop a success
He added: “I must say a very big thank you to our dean Professor Caleb Akanbi for his support and a very big thank you to our staff adviser Mr Stephen Adebanji, the man of the student, he has always been a wonderful adviser and a father to us all and indeed we are very lucky to have him as our adviser, indeed his impact and training on us can’t be forgotten, also I say thank you to all HOD in the faculty, the teaching and non-teaching staffs for their support because without them supporting us our effort won’t be talked about today so I am grateful to them all.”