Pioneer students of Federal University Otuoke have been urged to be good ambassadors of the institution as they proceed on their compulsory industrial training.
The University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko made this call at the one day SIWES orientation for pioneer students in preparation for their six months industrial training on 23rd March 2015 at the University Library.
Prof Aluko who x-rayed the importance of industrial training in university curriculum urged them to take the exercise seriously.
Urging them to be image makers of the new University as they work in various organizations, the Vice Chancellor stated that the training will be strictly monitored by the student industrial work experience scheme (SIWES) to ensure compliance.
Speaking at the occasion, the area manager, Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Yenagoa, Mr. Idongesit Akpan said the essence of Industrial Training for students is to give adequate practical background studies to produce responsive and employable graduates.
According to him, employers are of the opinion that theoretical education in Higher Institution is not responsive enough to the needs and aspirations of employers of labour, it has therefore become imperative to SIWES to bridge, the gap between theoretical and practical studies.
Mr. Akpan who said the scheme will afford students the opportunity to familiarize and expose them to the needed experience in handling equipment and machinery that are not usually seen or available in their institutions, urged them to acquire the needed skills.
Commending the Aluko led management team for affording SIWES its pride of place in the University, the area manager urged other stakeholders in the scheme to muster enough commitment to ensure efficiency.