Posted by: ADEYEMI OLALEMI in Campus Life 10 hours ago
Academic activities at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) may have been paralysed because of the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, but some students are utilising it for their own good.
Instead of going home to do nothing, the students turned their hostel to a skill acquisition centre.
Welcome to Moremi Hostel, the prestigious female hall of residence, where students now learn various vocation including handbag and bead making.
The students are using the ASUU strike to their advantage, learning skills that could make them potential entrepreneurs without their certificates.
CAMPUSLIFE learnt that the skill acquisition programme started like a joke when a few students gathered to receive training from an unnamed woman, who taught them in various craft. The trainees, who paid N5,000, later organised free training for their colleagues. The population of the apprentices increased when students called their colleagues to return to campus to benefit from the programme.
A student, who was trained, said: “It was like a child’s play when I was called by my friends to come to the campus for vocational training. I am happy now because I have learned how to make handbags using local materials such as cardboard, foam, gum and Ankara materials.”
Odunayo Oshinibosi, 300-Level Computer Science, said: “A lady came from outside the campus to conduct training for a few students on handbag making. So, I joined them. We paid N5,000. Those who were trained then taught their friends and it continues like that in a chain reaction.”
Another residence of the hostel, who did not say her name, told CAMPUSLIFE: “Most of the students who stayed back in the hostel during the ongoing strike can now make bags of different styles.”
Some of the students said they could now make three bags per day and sell each for N2,000 or N3,000.
Many of the students, who hope to make more money from the bag business, said they were not concerned whether ASUU and the government would sheathe their sword and end the six-month strike.
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