ITF Says Unilorin Students Are Better To Be Compared With Their Counterparts

University Of Ilorin UNILORIN
University Of Ilorin UNILORIN

Industrial Training Fund, ITF described the
University of Ilorin, UNILORIN students as truly
better by far.
The Ilorin Area Manager of the Industrial
Training Fund (ITF), Mr. Ajibola Ladokun, has
described students of the University of Ilorin as
“truly better by far” because they have
distinguished themselves as youths who have
the right character and attitude to learning and
skill acquisition.
Mr. Ladokun made this observation last Tuesday
(May 17, 2016), while speaking at the Students
Industrial Works Experience Scheme (SIWES)
orientation programme for the University of Ilorin
students.
Pointing out that the ITF has never had any
issue with students of the University, the Area
Manager disclosed that having travelled round
the country, during which he interacted with
several students undergoing their industrial work
experience, he could conclude that Unilorin
students do not only pass through the University,
the institution also passes through them.
Mr. Ladokun disclosed that the Federal
Government, which funds the ITF, now pays
allowances to the students directly in order that
the students may gain employable skills for
which the ITF designed SIWES.
The Manager said, “If we sincerely want to grow
the economy, we must grow the people. The
only way to make this work is for all the
stakeholders to faithfully come together for the
sake of patriotism and make human capital
development a realizable goal. The implication is
this, skills acquisition must go beyond a
theoretical knowledge that is imparted under
classroom situation. It must take into
cognizance all its practical aspects towards
solving shortage of skills that is plaguing the
country.”
He also noted that skills acquisition,
industriousness, creativity, effective performance
and productivity are important factors that can
greatly propel the nation towards development
and growth.
Mr. Ladokun advised the students to wisely key
into this scheme with all the seriousness it
deserves so that they can join the league of
great leaders of tomorrow, adding that the
emphasis of higher education today has shifted
from generating suitable employees in higher
institutions to training and graduating students
who will become employers of labour.
In his own speech at the event, the Director of
the SIWES, University of Ilorin, Prof. Kolade
Joseph, described the scheme as a mandatory
skill acquisition programme designed for students
in tertiary institutions in Nigeria to bridge the gap
between theory and practice of Engineering and
Technology, Sciences, Agriculture, Medicine,
Management and other professional education
programmes.
Prof. Joseph, who was represented by the
Secretary of the Unit, Mrs. J. Popoola, formally
welcomed students of Architecture in the Faculty
of Environmental Management and those of
Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology,
who have recently joined the ranks of students
who are eligible to participate in the SIWES
scheme.
Prof. Joseph appealed to the University
management to increase the funding of the Unit.
In his goodwill message on the occasion, Prof.
Oyedeji of the Department of Business Education
congratulated the participating students for the
rare opportunity, which, he noted, is not enjoyed
by all students in the University.
Dr. (Mrs.) F. E. Williams of the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, in her own goodwill
message, urged the students to choose places
which are relevant to their courses for industrial
training and charged the students to aggressively
pursue knowledge.

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