Rotaract club, Unilorin is a humanitarian organization for youths between the ages of 18-30 years. It is the youth arm of Rotary international, with the purpose of identifying the physical and social needs of the community by executing life touching projects and developing her members.
The club held a conference yesterday, 18th of June, 2019 at the main auditorium, University of Ilorin with about three hundred people in attendance. The conference themed explore and inspire, started with a welcome note from the keynote speaker, Dr. Mahfouz Adedimeji, An associate professor from the department of English. In his speech, he mentioned that students should be vast with their academic pursuit and engage themselves in activities that will improve their personal potentials and make them valuable people in the society. While admonishing the students, Dr. Adedimeji stated that students should not be discouraged if one thing seems not to be working for them. “NO implies Next Opportunity” he mentioned.
After the keynote speaker’s speech, the president of the Rotaract club Unilorin, Olanrewaju Haneefah called the house to order.
Furthermore, the panelists, in persons of Oshiniwe Anthonia, Mohammed Ayandele, Oke Ridwan, Oluwatobi Yeye, Oyinlola Bolajoko were called to the panel respectively. They admonished the students on how to explore the world and inspire the generation their life experiences and achievements as a case study. In his words, Mr. Oluwatobi mentioned that there’s a difference between education and academics. He described education as ‘the ability of a human spirit to be able to observe his immediate environment and question it deep enough to see the opportunities that exists in it, identify the options and embrace the one that suits him’. Mr. Oke Ridwan also noted that ”one of the greatest cause if unemployment is unemployability”. Also, Mrs. Oyinlola mentioned that women should work more on their being able to develop themselves and deliver to the community rather than fighting for feminism which she considers as a unethical.
Meanwhile, the program was suspended upon the entrance of the University vice Chancellor, who came for a prize giving program organized by Globacom limited. The break which lasted for about thirty minutes resumed with the question and answer sessions where students sent their questions to the panelists and the questions were attended to, after which the conference was called to a halt.