THE LOYAL MEMBERS WE REMAIN

 

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Our Dues and Donations to the Alumni Association support our programs and enable us to sustain a strong organization to serve its graduates and the university. We encourage all graduates to join the nearest Alumni Chapters or form new ones in cities where there is none. Your membership will last forever from the day you register with any chapter recognized by NEC. This membership comes with benefits.

Beyond financial support, FUTO can gain a lot from the engagement of its alumni, who are giving of time and talent in service to students and alumni is also a treasured form of support and makes a significant impact on the entire FUTO community.

Even though the FUTO alumni Association is a voluntary organization, it is for all graduates of the University. The alumni provide the benefits of an active network organization. The alumni is a continuation of the brotherhood we all experienced as undergraduates. So exciting opportunities, coupled with “that old Fraternal feeling,” gives the alumni associations a unique experience. In addition, our alumni association provides a continued and sustained link to the strong alliance after our graduation.

This Alumni association embodies the fact that FUTO is more than memories of days gone by. It is a living and growing organization dedicated to serving its members for life. This vital communications link, properly employed will make us and the university great. We will uphold it.

And of course, the FUTO Alumni Association is built on a foundation of alumni giving their time, talent, and treasure.

 


WHAT I TOLD A JOB SEEKING GRADUATE

Today, I met a brilliant young man. He was academically talented. But I am not sure if anyone had actually guided him in his journey as a university graduate looking for work. He hated his country. Largely, he was annoyed with everything. The nation had failed him.

He was speaking and yelling at his friend. You could see the bitterness in his spirit. Perhaps, his model in life was to get the best grade in the university, and Nigeria would do its part. He got good grades, but Nigeria has not done the expected part. So, he fell off with his nation.

As he was talking, I called him and said “Young man, you are making a mistake. Life is more than getting good grades. The smartest people are teaching in some classrooms, and most would retire within classrooms. But those that run the world might not have passed with great grades. And those that create most jobs on earth might not have written serious exams.” I asked him some questions. He provided some answers and I explained why he was making big mistakes. He studied computer science, made good grades. But the man that invented computer science did not finish college.

Without humanity, education is a waste because the greatest education is the liberation of the mind. I felt his mind was liberated even though he passed exams in school.

I told him a story when I started my secondary school education. I came home and complained that I did not like one of my teachers. That was in Ovim (Abia State). The man did not do anything to me. The rumour was that he liked to fail students. So I joined the wagon, hating him. But that day, I got a strong instruction from my brother: “We are not sending you to school to decide the teacher you would like or not”. You must like all your teachers. There is no alternative. It is by liking him that you would learn from him”. Indeed, I went back to school and started liking the man. Good enough, I started doing well in his class. The animosity that caged my little mind was gone. I saw him as a friend and did well in his exams.

I have extrapolated that “teacher” to include liking my country knowing that by liking Nigeria, I would have the energy to succeed in Nigeria. If I hate Nigeria, it would be challenging to make progress in Nigeria. It would be a struggle to find the strength to overcome a society you despise.

So, I told the young man: “Unless you like Nigeria, I am not sure you would get anything from Nigeria. When your mind builds bitterness in the society, you shut down the best from that society.” I explained his problem could be that everything was negative before him. And when you approach everything with that mindset, nothing seems to work.

Negative attitude happens in families and relationships: if you do not like something, you would struggle to get the best from that thing.  How can you benefit from a relationship you despise? Not possible.

As a teenager, I prepared people for WASC/GCE Mathematics while in JSS3 (Junior Secondary 3). They paid me and I enjoyed the experience. I was three years off to write mine but it was evident that WAEC was a simple exam. During lessons, I devised ways to help my students. I noticed one thing: students like money-equations, and when you introduce money in equations, everyone understands. So, 8x + 6x is hard but #8 + #6 is easy. Yes, they get the Naira one but the “x” is confusing. So, I devised a technique, changing all equations with x to Naira. Magically, it became solvable. The student’s minds were opened for Naira (we like money) but the minds were locked for “x” (we hate math’s). Yes, unless you open your mind, knowledge and blessings would struggle to flow in.

As the young man listened, I told him that he would be fine if his negativity about Nigeria could turn into positivity. Nigeria is made up of people. Unless he likes Nigeria, he cannot appreciate his fellow citizens. Those fellow citizens are the people that would give him jobs. The attitude must change.

As I rounded up, he was beaten up with thoughts. I wished him the best as I left. I am confident that he would be fine.

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