No fewer than 8 Technical and Vocational Education Colleges in Ogun State have competed in a recycling waste to wealth competition known as “ReW Challenge” which is a competition aimed at entrenching waste management practices and to develop innovative ways of generating decent livelihood through waste-to-wealth ideas among secondary students in local communities.
The challenge which is an ‘impact award’ project funded by the U.S Department of State’a Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with Meridian International Center took 32 male and female technical colleges students through topics such as; Self Discovery, Time Management for Wealth Creation, Leadership, Marketing and Creating Wealth through Social Media, Managing Expectations, Self Awareness and Value and Maximizing Waste Management for Wealth Creation.
The grand finale of the competition which took place on Friday at the Youth Development Centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta saw Government Technical and Vocational College, Isabo as the first position closely followed by that of Ayetoro while Government Technical College, Igbesa came third.
A star prize of a complete Desktop Computer was given to Isabo college for coming top while school supplies worth twenty thousand naira each were given to outstanding students from Isabo, Ayetoro and Igbesa colleges.
The participating Colleges who were given three months each and funds for supplies to come up with a simple waste-to-wealth business concept and also conduct a community project using waste materials generated within their local communities were judged after their different presentations on their innovation and creativity, confidence and
presentation skills, scalability of ideas and team work.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu represented by the Executive Secretary of the Ogun State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Mr. Olubori Akinleye disclosed that one of the areas the State Government has identified for improvement and growth is the revamping of all the Technical Education Colleges across the State.
Prof. Arigbabu charged the youth workforce to embrace some entrepreneurship skills enjoining them not to do just what they like, but to engage in what people need adding that when they are able to proffer solution to people’s problem, they will make great income.
On her part, the Project Coordinator of Ogun State Economic Transformation Project, Mrs. Mosunmola Owo-Odusi charged the students to make the best out of wastes flying around assuring that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration is not paying lip service to the transformation of Technical and Vocational Colleges across the State.
In her remarks, a Fellow of the International Visitors Leadership Program, United States of America Consulate who doubles as the Convener of the ReW Challenge competition, Mrs. EwaJesu Fasina said the motivation behind the challenge is to create enterprise that can generate more jobs to help the economy.
Fasina further revealed that the program was aimed at steering entrepreneurial spirit within the students to start small scale businesses which would generate employment opportunities for others within the society adding that the outcome of the challenge was the establishment of entrepreneurship club in technical colleges for students to be exposed to various opportunities.
The participating Colleges include, Government Technical and Vocational Colleges from; Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu-Igbo, Igbesa, Ilara-Remo, Ajegunle, Isabo, Idi-Aba and Ayetoro.