No fewer than 400 Senior Secondary School students in Omu-Aran, have benefitted from a career counselling initiative organised by Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme, which attracted students in SS III offering science-related subjects was organised under the Landmark University Community Development Impact Initiative (LMUCDII).

The chairman of the initiative, Mr Abiodun Okunola, said the programme was part of the institution’s corporate social responsibility to the people of its host community.

Okunola said the need for the students to be well guided in making the right choice of courses that would benefit their future academic career informed the organisation of the programme.

“We felt the students getting to that stage in their academic pursuit needed a kind of professional counselling and tutelage to assist them to make the right choice of courses.

“They needed to be wary of the requirements, prospect, challenges and benefit derivable from all the available courses that would suit their future plans,” he said.

Okunola said the institution, through the initiative, had also partnered with some youths and had visited orphanages in its efforts to impact positively on the less privileged in the society.

“We are already in partnership with Omu-Aran Youth Forum through our agrarian revolution drive toward encouraging the youths to embrace agriculture as a business and as a vocation,” he said.

Mr Joseph Olisa, a medical officer at the Landmark Medical Centre, Omu-Aran, in a presentation, stressed the need for students wishing to offer medical courses to be patient, diligent and honest.

Elder James Dada, Landmark University Farm Manager, in his remarks, said there was urgent need to make agriculture-related courses more attractive, especially to female senior secondary school students.

Dada advocated for expansion of agriculture-related activities, such as farmers clubs in schools to allow for a wider participation of students in crop production and other aspect of farming.

Mr Alabi Ifekunle, an SSIII student of Landmark Secondary School, Omu-Aran, thanked the organiser for their efforts, describing the programme as “an eye opener’’.

The other schools that participated in the programme were Omu-Aran High School, ECWA Girls Secondary School, Omu-Aran, Government Christian College, and Ansarul Islam Secondary School, Omu-Aran. (NAN)