The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA played host to the second edition of the Olympic Value Education Programme, OVEP organized by the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity. The event was held at the Hilltop auditorium of the University between 26-29 of September 2021. Project Officer, Nigerian Olympic Committee, Mrs. Kemi Ogundaisi said the essence of the programme was to give back to society using sport as a tool in transforming the behaviour of youth and character orientation. She said the idea is to work on their discipline, self-respect and to others, target and excellence in general human relations. She thanked the management of FUTA for the warm reception accorded them and acknowledged that FUTA is indeed serene and a worthy host.
At the opening, the Vice-chancellor of FUTA, Professor Joseph Fuwape represented by Dean of School of Life Sciences, Professor Oluyemisi Ashamo, said the programme “is a welcome idea as it will afford participants the opportunity to interact with one another.” He added that the OVEP initiative tallies with some of the core functions of the education system which is preparing the youth for the future and ensuring that they are worthy in character and learning before leaving the University environment. Fuwape said FUTA will continue to partner with relevant agencies and organizations to promote youth development and a better society.
Director of Sports, Dr Michael Ajibua said FUTA was delighted to host the programme. Coach Ajibua said FUTA had become a key supporter of the country’s sports development through the regular hosting of various competitions including the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN Olympic trial events and key qualifying competitions for National and continental competitions. He said the University’s participation in Nigeria University Games (NUGA) has been impressive and worthy of emulation. He advised the participants to ensure that the essence and principle of OVEP instilled in them are given practical expression when they get back to their various destinations.
Students from Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko; Edo State University, Ekpoma; Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State and the host University attended the Olympic training event.