Mr. Alaba said if he had received the fees he was charged when he was a student, he could have spent it on developing his innate talent.
A graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbamosho, Oyo State, Osunleke Alaba, who recently returned his certificate to the institution with a request for reimbursement of his student fees, has received a start-up fund of N500,000 from the alumni association.
Mr Alaba, who graduated from the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, complained about the “uselessness” of his certificate after he failed to find a job years after graduating.
In a video that went viral, Mr. Alaba staged a scene in the reception hall of one of the school’s administration buildings, claiming that his parents were tired of his constant dependence on them.
He said that if he had received the fees he was charged during the five-year program, he could have spent it on developing his innate artistic talent.
“I returned the certificate because it did not affect my existence. I asked for my schooling money back so I could use it to develop my talent and live a meaningful life.
“I am an artiste and even won the MTN talent search award during my service in 2016”.
The father-of-two went on to say that despite his efforts to improve his family’s living conditions, he continued to be advised to engage in ritual activities to be rich, “but I can never do that.”
“My father is 90 years old, but I keep borrowing money from him instead of giving it to him. All I am looking for now is help in any form for me to further my career in the entertainment industry. I don’t want my career to be wasted.”
Less than a week after a video of his strange request went viral on social media, the university’s alumni association came to his aid.
In a fresh post on his Facebook page, Mr. Alaba said the alumni association presented him with a check for N500,000.
He said; “I am indeed using this medium to express my deep gratitude to the LAUTECH Global Alumni Organization ably led by the President, Hon Onyelede Solomon popularly known as LIMO, the Board of Trustees and the Oyo State Chapter of the Association for their presentation. from check #500,000 to me today.
“May the Almighty God continue to be with you and all members of the association for their love and support. I thank you again.’