The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Seth Accra Jaja has adviced all 300 level students of FUO embarking on the Students Industrial Experience Scheme (SIWES) to be good ambassadors of the Institution.
Prof. Seth Accra Jaja, spoke to the students through his representative, Dr Cletus Akenbor, the director of the Entrepreneurship Centre Otuoke, during the 2016/2017 Pre- SIWES Orientation Programme held within the University.
He stated that, students should always take industrial trainings seriously as it covers a serious portion of their academic performance, adding that the pre- orientation programme will prepare them adequately for the industrial training.
Prof. Accra Jaja encouraged the students to be diligent at their various placements and ensure that they return to studies with added value.
Speaking during the orientation session, the Area Manager of ITF Yenagoa office and representative of the Director General of ITF, Mr Kolawole S.O. thanked the students for attending the programme, assuring them that their orientation talk will be an eye opener to the working of SIWES.
The Area Manager gave a brief history of ITF, tracing it to October 8, 1971 with the mandate to provide, promote and encourage the acquisition of skilled manpower to meet the needs of the country, adding that as a means of actualizing this mandate, SIWES was instituted in 1973.
According to Mr Kolawole, SIWES presently has millions of Nigerian Students in the scheme under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industries, Trade and Investment.
He further informed the students that the Skills Acquisition Scheme is designed for their benefit and urged them to take it very serious as it will enable them have practical experience different from their class room or laboratory studies.
The representative of the DG, ITF also advised the students to play down on financial incentives and focus on the long term benefit of the experience and exposure of the programme.
He concluded by educating them on their roles as participants and how to document their activities during the training while thanking the University Management for availing ITF the opportunity to carry - out the orientation programme.
The programme witnessed a question and answer session which the students and trainers judiciously used to clear grey areas of the training.
The Head, SIWES UNIT FUO, Dr Akens Hamitton in her vote of thanks, appreciated the efforts of the University Management, ITF Officials, SIWES Supervisors at various Departments, the students and other stakeholders whose support made the event a success.
Among the ITF delegation were Mr. Otuene U. Ebirien, the Head of Training, ITF Yenagoa Area Office, Mr. Samuel Emovwerha, the Acting Area Accountant, ITF Yenagoa Area Office and Mrs. B.D Oyowah, the Training Development Officer, ITF Yenagoa Area Office.
Those present from FUO were Head of Department, Business Education, Dr. Boma .I. Dambo, SIWES Co-ordinator Chemistry Department, Dr. A.A. Chokor, SIWES Co-ordinator Biochemistry Department, Dr. Ejovi Osioma and Head Media and Public Relations Unit, Ms. Mercy Ekott.