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An indigenous steel manufacturing company, KAM Industries Nigeria Limited, has pledged to offer automatic employment to 10 best graduating students of the University of Ilorin as part of the partnership agreement between the two institutions.

The Chairman of KAM Industries, Alhaji (Dr.) Kamorudeen Ibitoye Yusuf, disclosed this last Monday (April 3, 2017) when he received a delegation from the University of Ilorin, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), in his office.

The Unilorin team that paid a working visit to the company comprised of the Principal Officers, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, all the Heads of Departments in the Faculty of Engineering, and some other senior officials.

Receiving the visitors, Dr. Yusuf also disclosed that students on Industrial Works
Experience Scheme (SIWES) would also have an opportunity for tutelage and mentorship in the company, noting that a Memorandum of Understanding would be signed between the partners to provide a legal framework for their relationship.

According to the industrialist, this will assist in the transfer of technology from the expatriates who are currently working with the firm to Nigerian youths in order to fast-track the economic development of the country.

Dr. Yusuf commended the University on the calibre of people she parades, saying that the human resource available in the University is a pointer to the fact that the country does not need to import people for development.

The industrialist also commended the University for standing out as the best university in the country, stressing that, “If other universities can be as committed as the University of Ilorin, we would not have the problem of importing labour from abroad”.

Dr. Yusuf, who is also the Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Kwara/Kogi Chapter, also disclosed that no nation can develop without adequate attention to the study of science and technology-based courses. “KAM Industries is ready to work with you”, the industrialist told the Unilorin management, saying, “We must have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as soon as possible to formally establish our relationship”.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), said that he considered it important to have all the Heads of the Departments in the Faculty of Engineering visit the industry after an earlier visit of the Chairman to the University during the 2nd Symposium of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Nigeria International Chemical Sciences Chapter, held at the University Auditorium.

Prof. Ambali, who described KAM Industries as a pride of Nigeria and Africa at large, said, “We are here today to come and see the practical aspect of what we have been teaching our students. There is no doubt that both the University and KAM Industries have things in common and these are developing the nation through industrialization and improving on the nation, human capital base.”

Prof. Ambali pointed out that the University is working towards producing practical engineers that would assist in fast-tracking and stimulating the desired growth and development in Nigeria. He said that partnering with KAM Industries would be of mutual benefits to the company and the University.

The Vice-Chancellor said, “We are here to learn how to be focused, more practical oriented, and how to overcome obstacles in periods of challenges. All these, among others, we know we shall get through your wide experiences.”

According to Prof. Ambali, students learn far better by seeing than reading alone, underscoring the importance of having practical experience which KAM Industries readily provides.


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