The University of Jos is seeking partnership with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to improve the university’s Department of Electrical/Electronics, Centre of Entrepreneurship and its newly-created department.
Prof. Sebastine Maimako, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, made the request during a courtesy visit by the school’s management to the ITF headquarters in Jos on Thursday.
He said the departments and centres required intervention in terms of facilities, as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) components.
According to him, this will help to boost the various capacities of the institution in impacting knowledge and skills acquisition to students and other members of the society.
“Our entrepreneurial centre needs intervention to train students to become useful in the country and not solely dependent on paper qualifications,’’ Maimako said.
He noted that the collaboration with ITF would help meet the basic needs in its Veterinary Teaching Hospital and qualify it for accreditation.
Responding, Mr Joseph Ari, the Director-General of ITF, commended Maimako for his giant strides concerning infrastructure development in the university and the breakthrough in producing the first anti-snake venom in the country.
He said that ITF would consider the request which was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy of economic diversification.
“We have departments responsible for the issues raised by the vice-chancellor which will be looked into,” he said.
Ari said the university was instrumental in providing empirical documents to guide policy makers on measures to address entrepreneurial and employability deficiencies in the country.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that ITF and the university signed a collaboration document on labour market and information as well as career guidance. (NAN)
Edited by Folasade Adeniran/Adeleye Ajayi