Kwara State Polytechnic Staff Embark on SITCOM for 2016

Kwara State Polytechnic Staff Embark on SITCOM for 2016

Kwara State Polytechnic staff embark on SITCOM for 2016
The desired goal of all academic Institutions worth its salt is excellence in all spheres and the Kwara State Polytechnic is no exception. This is why the Institution has embarked on a staff industrial enrichment programme which would bring the staff up to date on current trends in the industry.
For the sake of those who might be coming across SITCOM for the first time, SITCOM means Staff Industrial Training Scheme. Areas covered by the scheme include Engineering, Technology and Applied Sciences.
The scheme started in 2012 and it is designed to expose academic staff of the Kwara State Polytechnic as modern technology and latest trends in the industry. So in our institution, both staff and students go for Industrial Training.
This staff enrichment programme usually takes place during semester breaks, so as not to interrupt the academic session. Staff are sent to various companies and organisations with modern machines and methods to ensure that academic staff are up to date in their various disciplines.
The SITCOM committee scouts round for industries that have direct relevance to courses offered by the Polytechnic thereafter fixes staff in the relevant fields. So far, not less than three batches of academic staff have benefited from the scheme in the last three years.
Lending credence to the efficacy of SITCOM, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) said SITCOM, being the brain child of the Kwara State Polytechnic and the first of its kind in Nigeria is highly commendable.
According to NBTE, for lecturers or teachers to be able to impart knowledge on students with modern techniques, such lecturers must be exposed to varieties of modern machines and equipment and other aids to modern teaching. This affirms the common saying that to be more is to know more.
Some of the academic staff who benefited from the scheme are of the view that SITCOM, no doubt has so many benefit that are unquantifiable particularly in the area of familiarizing themselves with modern trends in technology.
While addressing the first batch of the beneficiaries, the Rector Alh. Mas’ud Elelu explained that students trained by staff who have benefited from SITCOM will not only be employable but, will be employers of labour.
He stressed that, SITCOM, in the long run, will make the knowledge acquired by students beneficial to the country, thereby guiding the Nigerian government on how to make Nigeria a highly industrialized nation.
A list of the companies that have supported the Kwara Poly in SITCOM include LUBCON, Kwara Hotels, Kam Wire Industry, Tuyil Pharmaceutical company, Sam Pharmaceutical company, Jebba Hydro Electric Power Station, Federal Radio corporation of Nigeria (Harmony FM Idofian), Coca-Cocola, Nigeria and 7-up Nigeria, Kwara State branch.
One thing is to have a mission; another thing is to possess the will to accomplish the mission. Determined to ensure that academic staff in the Kwara State Polytechnic are always ahead of the curve, the committee on SITCOM, Director, Industrial Liaison Placement Unit, headed by Dr. S.O. Abdulkareem says Kwarapoly is set to spread its tentacles to other companies nationwide. He added that since travelling is part of learning, SITCOM, will be offering a two-in-one scheme to beneficiaries by exposing them to industries nationwide. Dr Abdulkareem added that what makes SITCOM effective is wider orientation, through effective supervision and technical support coupled with prompt payment of training allowance to participants and other welfare packages. This has made the programme highly attractive to members of staff of Kwara State Polytechnic.
The success of this programme is so high that the NBTE has asked other tertiary institutions nationwide to key in to this golden baby of Kwara Poly.
In a quick response to this, some academic staff of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnics, Abeokuta, Ogun State have come to Kwara Poly to understudy its committee on SITCOM with the sole aim of commencing same in their Polytechnic. Other institutions are expected to take a cue from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.
According to Stephen M.R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust, in his article titled ‘How best leaders build trust’ two things stand out a leader confronting reality and delivering results.
The reality from the labour market today is that Nigerian graduates are either under-employed or unemployable, due to inadequate skills.
The later seems to be more problematic than the former. There is no doubt that from the feedback from students and stakeholders, confronting the later, has been addressed by SITCOM to a large extent; reasons being that the administration of Alh. Mas’ud Elelu has given birth to the production of an array of high quality products by staff and students that benefit the students, the lecturers, Kwara State and the country as a whole.
Today, the authority of the Kwara State Polytechnic can boast of delivering results with the production of paints, block fabricating machine, fruits refrigerator, electric generator that uses gas, beads, aso-oke, inter-locking, blocks, cooking stove, head pan, pure water, and still counting: all courtesy of SITCOM.
With all these achievements and many others too numerous, to count, the sky may no longer be the limit to academic excellence for which Kwara State Polytechnic the premier tertiary institutions in Kwara State is known for, this is based on the fact that some students of Kwara Poly have been offered employment even before graduation due to acquisition of skills required by Joseph Dam Industry, Dangote Nigeria Ltd, among others.
Late erudite premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo once asserted that if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. The authority of the Kwara State Polytechnic knows the weight of this assertion that is why it came up with the idea of SITCOM the winning training programme that empowers participants.
From: Information & Publications Division,
 Kwara State Polytechnic,
 Ilorin.