ITF Commends AAUA’s Commitment to SIWES, Conducive Environment, as Varsity Sensitizes 1,183 Students for SIWES Exercise

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The Industrial Training Fund on Tuesday last week commended the Management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, for its outstanding commitment to its students’ participation in the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). ITF also lauded Management for making the campus clean and conducive for academic activities.

The Akure Area Manager of ITF, Mr. Jacob Olaniyan, made this commendation when he led a team of ITF officials to pay a courtesy call on the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, in his office before the commencement of the 2013/2014 SIWES orientation programme for prospective participants (students) in the compulsory six-month exercise.

Mr. Olaniyan said, “This is my first time of coming to this great University and I want to say that I am really impressed with what I have seen. This environment is conducive for academic activities. Besides, right from the gate, I discover that the environment is so neat and decent, and I want to commend the efforts of the Management on that. I have also discovered that there are other developmental structures that are on-going.

“I have been to the SIWES Unit and I was encouraged by what I found on ground. Unlike other Institutions, a whole building is dedicated for SIWES in this University. You have met virtually all the guidelines for operating an effective SIWES Unit. I saw a brand-new vehicle for SIWES Unit and other wherewithal. All of these indicate that your University is giving a lot of attention to SIWES Unit. We sincerely want to appreciate you for your much commitment.”

Mr. Olaniyan also saluted the Management for putting competent officers in the SIWES Unit under the leadership of Dr. Francis Gbore.
Responding to the appeal made by the Deputy Vice Chancellor to ensure the quick payments of both the students’ stipends and the staff’s supervisory allowances, the Manager said, “Already, we are working on the payment of all the outstanding allowances in our Headquarters in Abuja; and very soon, the students will tell you that they have started receiving their payment alerts. And 50 per cent of the supervisory allowance will also be paid in earnest.”

He urged the SIWES students to open functional savings account with banks within the University campus. Mr. Olaniyan assured the University of necessary cooperation of the agency.

Prof. Ajayi had earlier thanked ITF officials for the visit and for the support and cooperation the University had enjoyed from the agency over the years.
The DVC said the University would continue to give relevant support to the SIWES exercise and cooperate with ITF.

The Dean of Postgraduate School, Prof. Francis Oyebade, who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Femi Mimiko, at the orientation programme, urged the participants to be good ambassadors of the University in their respective places of assignment and surpass the good records of their predecessors.
In his Address of Welcome, the Acting Director of AAUA SIWES Unit, Dr. Francis Gbore, said the orientation was to intimate the students with the reality of their professions and challenges in the industries, work ethics and other industrial etiquettes.

He noted that no fewer than 1,183 students drawn from 300-Level of four Faculties would participate in the SIWES exercise.

Dr. Gbore thanked University Management for consistent support for SIWES. He also appreciated ITF and all the regulatory agencies, including the Nigeria Universities Commission, for ensuring the sustainability of the scheme.

Resource persons sensitized the students on Safety in Industry, SIWES Working Document, Standard and Acceptable Log Book Report, Adding Value to Industry, Pitfalls to Avoid during Industrial Training Attachment, and ENT Courses for 300-Level Students.