Hands On Top is one the Clubs that helps students of the University of Ibadan financially and academically. InterviewStories had an interview with Quadri Hamsat, the Acting President of the Club. He talks about the challenges the club is facing and how they have been adding to the lives of students of the Premier University in Nigeria.
Can we meet you?
I am Quadri Hamsat, the Acting President of Hands on Top Club, University of Ibadan. I am a 500 level student of Civil Engineering, University of Ibadan.
Tell us about the Hands on Top Club
Hands on Top Club was formed in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ibadan in 2011 to assist needy students. It was during a structural design class in the Department of Civil Engineering, the lecturer in charge noticed that one of the usually lively students wasn’t that lively that day. He summoned her to his office to inquire about her affairs. Then he discovered that she hasn’t paid her fees and the deadline was just days away. Then he made a proposition that “since there are students who can actually contribute to helping pay her tuition in the class, he sought their opinion and they became the pioneer members of HoT Club”.
Is the Club registered?
Yes, it is registered with the school authority. It is only available in the University of Ibadan presently.
How was the Club structure formed?
At first, the membership of the club was mainly students of the Civil Engineering department. But the club has been of help to students from several departments since its inception. The lecturers from the Civil Engineering department funds the account of the club as well as the alumni. Also, we solicit help from prominent individuals in society.
Does that mean only Civil Engineering students benefits from the programme?
No, students from different departments have benefited immensely from the club. It is safe to say students from faculty of technology have a higher percentage but we have helped students across several departments.
How do students benefit from the club and what criteria does the club use to know who to help?
Students obtain the Request for Assistance form from the Executive of the club. We call such students to an interview where we interact with them to determine if they are really in need of the assistance or otherwise. The interview must be in the presence of the President, one of the staff advisers and available registered members of the club.
How do students then get to know about the Request for Assistance form of Hands On Top Club?
We send out a broadcast. Our major problem is our public relations and we are currently working on that. Also, other students who have benefited from the club do tell others.
What type of assistance does Hands On Top Club offer to students?
We offer assistance in the form of money, foodstuffs, academic materials and tutorials. It depends on the need of the applicant. If the applicant can afford to make a refund, it is highly encouraged because the refund can be used to help someone else. Our motto is Givers Never Lack.
Has the club been tricked by a beneficiary before?
We’ve never experienced such. But if such happens, such students will be banned from applying for the request for assistance from the club.
How can one be a member of Hand on Top Club?
The membership form is on sale currently and it goes for ₦500. The form can be gotten from me. It doesn’t have a closing date. All students at all levels can apply to be a member. Our basic requirement is being selfless in nature, being ready to help others in any way you can. We have a constitution and a guide for our prospective members and it will be given to them when they apply for membership. Providing financial assistance and organizing tutorials are our core values which every one of them has to keep to.
Are members eligible to benefit from the assistance provided by the club?
Yes, members are usually considered before non-members because we can easily confirm the Genuity of their case.
What plans do you have for the CLUB as the acting president?
Improving the public relations of the club. Setting up a standard tutorial for 200 level students of the Faculty of Technology, University of Ibadan. I also plan to organize at least one session of Hi-peak seminar to improve the soft skills of the members.
What makes this seminar different from others organised by other clubs or society in the University campus?
We target improving the students’ morals. Also, we intend to improve the soft skills of students. Without being apolitical or religion biased. It doesn’t have a special requirement as compared with other clubs in the University. Its goal is to help as many students as possible without expecting anything in return.
What problems is the club currently facing?
Getting sponsors beyond the University community, we intend solving that by improving the public relations of the club.
How can people support the club on its mission?
By being a tutor with our Givers Class (our class for tutorials). Donating academic materials. Rebroadcasting the club broadcast messages. Relief materials ranging from foodstuffs to other things that can make students sojourn on campus a success. A mentorship program for students.