At a week-long competition held on the campus from May 28 to June 1, a facilitator, Mr. Stanley Okezie, applauded AUN alumni who have volunteered to work in the team helping to rebuild the Northeast.
Mr. Okezie was among the panelists and mentors of the team of 25 youths who were in AUN for a boot camp. "We are partnering with AUN because we know it has the facilities needed to serve our needs. Most of our program organizers and panelist are alums of AUN."
He said AUN alumni had shown exceptional zeal for helping to rebuild and to improve the livelihoods of persons displaced by the crisis.
“Since the idea of NEMakeathon began, AUN alums assisting us were passionate and very supportive, especially in coming up with good ideas on how to go about everything."
Okezie said it was apparent AUN graduates were trained to help the society while still in the University.
He also commended AUN for making its facilities available for the NEMakeathon competition. "AUN is truly portraying the philosophy of a development university."
NEMakeathon is an innovation hub under the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. It targets the rebuilding of the insurgency-hit northeast.
Of the 300 teams who had pitched ideas before panelists on March 3 in Yola, 25 emerged victorious, hence their presence at the AUN boot camp. NEMakeathon is designed to breed business solutions to help post-insurgency northeast. The ideas range from healthcare, education, camp coordination/protection, and food security to early recovery.
"Our job is to give you direction on how you can refine your ideas, understand impact/value and, most importantly, how to write and pitch good business plans that will attract investors," said Mr. Ifeatu Uzodinma who teaches finance at SBE. Mr. Uzodinma, also an alumnus, was among the mentor-coaches the teams at the boot camp, which will enable the teams to transform their ideas into products and businesses.
SBE Executive Assistant, Ms. Mary Igbazua, who is also an alumna working with the NEMakeathon team, said out of the 25 teams, only 10 would be selected for the final stage." The finalists will be selected to pitch business ideas before Vice President Osinbajo."
Reported by Nubwa Ibrahim