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||By Abubakar Ibrahim

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, has canvassed for overhaul of the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) to make it relevant to Nigeria’s development needs.

The SIWES is a skills training programme designed to expose and prepare students of universities and other tertiary institutions for the industrial work situation they are likely to meet after graduation.

Abdul Rahman, who spoke at FULafia, the venue of the meeting orgarnised by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for the heads of SIWES in tertiary institutions in Nasarawa State, said that as part of the proposed overhaul of the scheme, knowledge should be emphasised over resources, adding that “this is an era of knowledge without which you cannot acquire and utilise resources.”

He called on authorities of the SIWES and institutions to endeavour to develop graduates’ potentials with a view to making them self-employed, saying: “Entrepreneurship is now the way to go because there are no more white-collar jobs out there waiting for our graduates to take.”

According to Abdul Rahman, the country’s unpalatable unemployment situation can only be fought through entrepreneurship, calling on especially students and SIWES officials to de-emphasise the role of certificate in the process of education.

The vice-chancellor, while urging students to show more interest in entrepreneurship, called on the authorities of SIWES to accord priority to the issue of payment of students’ allowance during their period of industrial work.

Speaking, the Area Manager of ITF, Garba Hassan, urged participants to outline problems and challenges they faced in the process of implementation of the SIWES scheme with a view to getting them solved.

He called on students of FULafia to actively participate in the SIWES programme, praising Abdul Rahman for his generosity in hosting the meeting of the SIWES officials in the University.

In his contribution, the FULafia Director of SIWES, Dr Ambo Amos Idzi, welcomed his colleagues to the meeting, calling on them to work closely with students to help them achieve the purpose of establishing the SIWES programme.

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