20 October 2020 by MATHEW AYOOLA
The Federal Government has promised its continuous support to the Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme, SIWES towards enhancing the nation’s manpower.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo made the promise during the 14th Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme, SIWES, National Biennial Conference organized by the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, in Abuja.
The Minister who was represented by the Director of Administration and Human Resource Department, Mr Samuel Alabi said the present administration was committed to programmes that would reduce unemployment and make youths contribute to national development.
In a remark, the Chairman of the occasion and Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, Professor Seddi Maimako commended ITF for the conference saying it would go a long way in preparing Nigerian graduates for the challenges ahead in the labour market.
While thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for the reappointment of the Director General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, the Vice Chancellor called for the support of stakeholders and employers of labour towards the sustenance of achievements recorded so far through SIWES.
In her remarks, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Katagum represented by her Special Adviser, Alhaji Aminu Dogodanji appealed to employers of labour to always maintain a safe environment for students of SIWES towards achieving their goals.
Speaking on the theme of the conference “Implementation of SIWES In The New World Order – Roles and Responsibilities Of Stakeholders, the Director General of Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said the conference would provide the opportunity to brainstorm on the implementation of the Scheme in light of COVID 19 pandemic.
Sir Joseph Ari stated that the conference would also profer recommendations on how SIWES could be applied to address the mismatch between supply and demand of labour in Nigeria’s economy.
The Director General of ITF explained that SIWES was initiated to among other objectives provide students of Engineering, Technical and Allied disciplines with practical experience of real work situations after graduation.
Sir Joseph Ari therefore called on participants to come up withStrategies that would ensure effective management of the scheme.
In their good will messages, representatives of NECA, NUC, MAN and other stakeholders called for more funding of SIWES to realize its objectives.