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VOLUNTEERING AND APPRENTICESHIP: THE WAY TO GO

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By Engr. Opeseyi Opebiyi

Engr. Seyi

Since our educational system keeps churning out graduates yearly who obviously do not have the requisite skills to get absorbed into the main stream of their chosen professions (or vocations), I believe it is high time we rethink the attitude to the age long idea of volunteering and apprenticeship.

In Nigeria of today, it’s almost impossible to employ a fresh graduate and find any direct input or value they bring to the organization. There is always the need to train and induct them to the workings of the organization to kick start their career and this ultimately results in some sort of downtime on productivity as time that should be spent working is spent holding their hands and guiding them.

Inculcating the values of volunteering and apprenticeship definitely would not be an easy task considering the impatience for fast money as currently demonstrated in our youths. However, all hope is not lost as I believe if government and NGOs can drive the initiative and highlight the benefits, we will achieve a lot.

 There is also the need to reorganize the SIWES program as currently constituted. SIWES should actually be the first work experience an undergraduate has and if more checks and incentives are introduced, it could be a launch pad for promising undergraduates who would be headhunted by organizations they observed their SIWES with.

Another very important issue is in the event we have youths ready to volunteer or undergo apprenticeship but with a dearth of organizations willing to accept them, what happens then? Should  there be incentives for organizations who accept volunteers?

I seriously believe there is a need to sensitize our organizations on the need to accept these youths and mentor them, firstly as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and two as a means of getting the best hands.

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Aremo Olusiji Balogun

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Aremo Olusiji Balogun

A Phenomenon at 50

Hitting the age of 50 is a landmark and a milestone to be celebrated. Fifty years and still counting, Aremo Olusiji Balogun, is a phenomenon and a case study in humanity.

He is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria among others. He is the Founder of Ase Youth Association and several other organisations.

His company Promec Innovative Concepts was a child of necessity when his attempt to register Prince Royal Media Concept (Promec) at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) met a brick wall.

Olusiji Balogun is a media guru and an organizational growth and business development expert with adaptable skills. He is able to use own initiative or work as part of a team. An efficient and effective Human Resources Manager, community worker, excellent communicator at all levels within and outside organizations; he has good problem solving and analytical skills with pioneering spirit.

Olusij’s specific interests include teaching and learning for new product development, business development, participatory social activities, keen insight into the needs of others and with high energy, initiative and focus, proven leadership skills including managing and motivating others to achieve objectives.

An effective community and social worker, he is fluent with information technology and capable of handling executive assignments and leadership. His other qualities include being positive with potential ideas, he has the ability to work with anyone under any condition or situation and contribute greatly to achieving the best goals of the establishment.

Oluwasijibomi Gideon Balogun was born on the 8th September, 1972 in Ondo town to the family of Samuel Olusegun Balogun and Mrs Grace Remilekun Balogun of Ase Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State. Both parents are retired Civil Servants. Olusiji was raised up with strong Christian virtue.

He had his early education at St. Luke’s Primary School, Akure but finished at Muslim Primary School, Ikaram Akoko, all in Ondo State, where he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate. He subsequently earned his West African Senior School Certificate in 1990 after attending Omoluorogbo Grammar School, Akure before proceeding to Ala Community Comprehensive High School, Ala-Elefosan, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State.

He also attended the Institute of Journalism and Nigerian Institute of Journalism, (NIJ), Akure Campus for his Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations, after a sojourn at Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) briefly in the Institute of Science Laboratory Technology. He also went to Akwa-Ibom State Polytechnic, for his Higher National Diploma in Business Administration.

He later proceeded to the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State for his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration.

He is a Member of various professional bodies.

After leaving school, Olusiji started working as a freelance Journalist and Printer. He started Eminent Leaders Magazine in 1996 and registered Prince Royal Media Concepts with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), in 1999 which he upgraded to Eminent Leaders World Communications Limited publisher of Eminent Leaders magazine.

He worked with several organisations where he left indelible footprints of punctuality, hard work and professionalism. He worked with Mentors Communications, Abuja in different capacities. At Mentors Communications, he was the pioneer Editor of Rootswatch Magazine. He was Technical Assistant to the Managing Director of Quarry Managers Company in Abuja, headed by the late Abdulhakeem Amao. He was Special Event Manager with ITAD/MotMacdonald/PWC in Calabar and Water Supply and Sanitation Reform Programme (WSSRP) in Abuja. Both projects under the Integrated Water Resource Management European Commission.
He also had a stint with Hatlab Delight as a Business Development Manager and Head of Administration, O.T. Otis Engineering Limited. He resigned his appointment with Successory Nigeria Limited, Abuja, as Head of Project Management, in year 2019 to move his outfit forward.

Olusiji Balogun experience in politics is vast. His team helped installed Olusegun Agagu and Olusegun Mimiko as Ondo State Governors. He was the nucleus of Olusegun Mimiko Campaign Organisation for his second term when he was Editor of Grassroots Vanguard Newspaper of Grassroots Network.

He attempted to contest for the coveted seat of Ondo State Governor in 2020.

His experience in administration is versed as he is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Full Member Institute of Professional Administrators and Managers (IPMA) and many other professional bodies. He is a partner in many companies and Chief Executive Officer of Promec Innovative Entrepreneurship and Science Academy (PIESA) and several other firms.

He currently has his hand in farming as he started Ase Farms Nigeria Limited, asefarms.com.ng.

His hobby includes travelling, reading, surfing the internet and adventures.

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HRH Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogidan, (Ogidan I), IV Alase of Ase-Akoko

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Profile of HRH Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogidan, (Ogidan I), IV Alase of Ase-Akoko

Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogidan, (Ogidan 1), Alase of Ase-Akoko, was born into the royal house of Ogidan by Mr. Adewole and Madam Alice Ogidan in Ase-Akoko.

Oba Aderemi Ogidan became the fourth Alase of Ase-Akoko after the kingmakers “Afobaje” voted four against one in his favour, defeating two other interested candidates at Community Primary School, Ase-Akoko, Akoko North West LGA, Ondo State.

History was made on the 18th of May, 2021, when Ase-Akoko community in Akoko North-West Local Government Area in Ondo State of Nigeria produced a successor to the throne of Alase of Ase-Akoko in the person of Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogidan, in a keenly contested election.

The election which was conducted by the local government officials, witnessed and captured by the media and observers from the local government, was a crowd pulling event.

True to his name “Aderemilekun” is no doubt an enigmatic, influential and easy going personality, committed to the course of development of the community. In 2002, he voluntarily relinquished his job in Lagos to answer the call of duty in his community he so loved.

For his education, he attended Muslim Primary School, Ikaram-Akoko and was later admitted to Otolomi High School, also in Ikaram-Akoko. When Otolomi High School was closed down due to state government policy then, he joined Community Comprehensive High School, Ikaram-Akoko and finally wrote his West African Examination at Akunnu Grammar School, Akunnu-Akoko where he bagged his West African School Certificate (WASC).

He also attended Government Technical College, Ikotun, Lagos State. In his quest for academic excellence, he attended the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) at Akungba-Akoko.

Before becoming the king elect, Aderemi has his hands in so many things including politics. He contested the post of Councillor, Ward 10, Akoko North-West LGA in 1992. His desire for the development of his community brought about the construction of the road from Ikaram to Ase through his unparalleled activities in the political scene.  The road was facilitated by the honourable member representing the Federal Constituency at the Green Chamber, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, popularly called BTO. He has been a pillar of note to many indigenes.

HRH, Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi, (Ogidan 1), is a man of policy, principle and integrity, before his selection as Alase of Ase, he was Special Assistant to Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo (BTO). He’s loved and cherished by his people.

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G-Brain, A Fast Rising Star

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G-Brain, born Abiodun Bamisile, a fast rising music star. Was born in 1988 from Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti State, He attended his primary at Benin and secondary school at Community Comprehensive High School. . Ikaram-Akoko.

He proceeded to University of Benin (UNIBEN). Where he studied International Studies at Diploma level,

A Lagos based hip-hop artiste. His first hot “Obente” was a crowd pulling hit followed by many others,

He took his music to international scene. When he travelled to Ghana for an international musical and festival event. Where he was the toast of the fans,

He later travelled to Canada for shows and was invited for another show in the United states of America (USA)by his teeming fans,

G-Brain is planning big for year 2021, According to him. He intends to tour thirteen (13) states before the year runs out. With what he knows how to do best – Music,

G-Brain is a proud husband to his charming and elegant wife-Tolani. With valued and well cherished children,

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