The Ilorin Area Manager of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr. Ajibola Ladokun,revealed something quiet shocking stating that the UNILORIN have been truly remarkable.
He 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.
UNILORIN Students Better Than the Rest
Mr. Ladokun made this observation while speaking at the Students Industrial Works Experience Scheme (SIWES) orientation programme .
Pointing out that the ITF has never had any issue with students of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), 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.