The Students’ Industrial Working Experience Scheme (SIWES) of the University has organised series of orientation programmes for students, on their expectations and obligations to the Scheme.

The Director of SIWES, Professor Grace Sokoya, urged the students to put in their best during the industrial training programme, which should last a period of six months, in order to enhance their cumulative grade point average, as well as equip them with the needed practical experience. She added that the major mandate of the SIWES, was to bridge the gap existing between theoretical knowledge acquired from institutions of learning and real practice in the industrial world.

She highlighted the objectives of the Scheme to include: providing an avenue for students to acquire industrial skills and experience in their courses of study; prepare students for the work situation they are to meet after graduation; expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their institutions; make transition from school to the world of work a lot easier and enhance students’ contacts for later job placement, among others.Professor Sokoya added that participation in SIWES had become a necessary pre-condition for the award of degree certificates in specific disciplines in institutions of higher learning in the country. She encouraged them to complete the necessary formalities so that their allowances would not be unnecessarily delayed.

The Dean of COLENG, Professor Johnson Adewunmi, appreciated the efforts of the University and appealed to the students to be good ambassadors, wherever they found themselves. He also lauded Engineer Akinlawon Majiyagbe, the Chief Executive Officer, Tradsways Engineering, for attending the orientation programme and for securing placements for students of the University while undergoing their industrial attachments. The College’s SIWES Co-ordinator, Dr. Nurudeen Olatunde, advised the students to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations of the organisations that would engage during their industrial training, as well as the host communities.

The Dean, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS), Professor Catherine Eromosele, called on students of the College, who are to proceed on the industrial training to always be punctual at events. Professor Eromosele made the call during the College’s preliminary orientation programme. She further enjoined them to be inquisitive about what they do not know, be self-confident, develop an entrepreneurial spirit that would stand them out and become employers of labour. The Dean implored them to take the exercise seriously, as the University would be measured by their (students) performances at their various places of assignment.

The Dean, College of Biological Sciences (COLBIOS), Professor David Agboola, represented by Professor Umen Ekpo, the College’s SIWES Coordinator, advised the students to be serious, industrious and law abiding.The Head, Department of Hospitality and Tourism, Dr. Omobolanle Omemu, who represented the Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), charged COLFHEC students to endeavour to achieve something meaningful at the end of the programme. She charged them to represent the University well in the Scheme while Dr. Abolanle Olasode of the College also challenged the students to maintain a healthy relationship with their supervisors, in order to enjoy a hitch-free programme.

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