By Dayo Adesulu
The Rector, Gateway Industrial and Petrol Gas Institute, (GIPI) Oni, Ogun State, Engineer Adeyemi Olabode, has said that it is high time stakeholders in education sector rose to the reality that tertiary education especially in sciences without corresponding practical experience in its discipline will not attract national and international attention in a competitive labour market.
Speaking recently with Vanguard Education Weekly, he asserted that the institution which took offÂ 2 years ago by Governor Gbenga Daniel administration has received national and international recognitionsÂ especially the positive impact of their graduates in the labour market since they turned out 340 graduates few months ago.
Adeyemi noted that the aim of GIPI is to give skills to educated Nigerian people who have at least OND in tertiary institution, HND in the polytechnics and Bachelor Degree in the university adding that we have well educated graduates who lack the skill to enter into the oil industry, process industry and make money.
â€œIt is a bridge between what the industrialist required to make them functional, he said.â€Â The industrialists according to him, donâ€™t want to train any man any more as it is not their business to do, stressing that somebody needs to train them when they bring them to training institute.
He urged organisations and state governments to emulate theÂ Federal Government who recentlyÂ keyed into the programme through their foremost agencies which develop skill manpower for the oil industry- Petroleum Technology Development Found (PTDF). Adeyemi said that they have sent 50Â students to GIPI to be trained as welders, noting that the fifty students were from eight states which include, Kebi, Kano, Boronu, Gombe, Nasarawa, Ademawa, Taraba, and Akwa-Ibom.
The benefits the students stand to derive include free tuition, free mid-day meal with ten thousand naira allowance per head for those who areÂ fully residential. Also, Antonio Refinery seized the opportunity as they offered scholarship to ten indigents who inturn will serve the company after graduation.
In order to help the indigents, he reiterated that Governor Gbenga Daniel gave his consent thatÂ interested students should pay half of the tuition as half will beÂ absorb by the state government. He added that letters of invitation were sent to various stateÂ to seize the opportunity to educate interested students as their states governments will subsidized their fees.
Adeyemi explained that anyone can grab the opportunityÂ if he develops its own human resources which will create vacancies for him in international market, stressing that such graduates can compete for any job nationally and internationally and get the job thereby developing the economy of their environment and the nation at large.
The Rector who lamented the limitation and challenge of the young institution, heaped the blame on Power failure but however noted that Governor Daniel doused their tension recently when he donated 500kva plant to the institution.
He said that the governor gesture was a way of identifying with the education sector in the state by making it the best in Nigeria.
Recounting the exploits of its courses over the years,Â Adeyemi said that on Plumbing and Filters in GIPI, it is sought after in the various industries and also in the domestic by skyscraper buildings. Explaining the lucrativeness of Plumbing graduates all over the world, the Rector added that the course is called the new Accountancy in Britain as it is very lucrative because they are sought after all over the world for employment.
Even in Nigeria, the situation is the same, saying that educated plumbers are scarce.Â The ones trained in GIPI, he insisted that before graduation they already possess the license certificates of the Association of Certified Plumbers (ASCP).
His words: â€œWe have trained a batch in Computer Aided Design (CAD), we have about two of our graduated students abroad that are doing well in their profession. Health Safety and Environment graduates of this institution is working in various industries like PZ.
Our Plumbing and Piping job graduates are in various industries to render services to the economy. Welding and Fabrication Department are not left out in the quest to fill in job vacancies. In GIPI, he continued, the emphasis is more on practical than theory. It is 30% theory and 70% practical.Â We do not just test them and give them the school Diploma but to also take them through the International Certification.â€
Nigeria Institute of Welders (NIW), the licensing body organized by government like ICAN to award professional certificate in welding is one of the privileges students stand to derive in the institution. He maintained that, these are not the type of welders we have all around us saying that there are certified welders who can weld in any industry, be it processed industry or oil industry.
Citing an example, he said that if you are transmitting gas from here to Kaduna, you cannot afford any leakages on the way as a leakage or blowout of gas or oil anywhere could be very dangerous to the company and its environment.
Going by the need of every organization to provide safety precaution for its staff, GIPIÂ Â according to Adeyemi, offers safety course in Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals (NISP), so that its graduates can practice in any industry as safety professionals.
Here we have good female welders who can do what the male counterparts do. The dredging of river Niger is going to benefit 8 states. Gov Gbenga Daniel hasÂ taking the advantage of this, by given the go ahead and backings to the marine course at GIPI as the seafarers who graduated in the institute could be deploy anywhere in the world.
â€œThe certificates students get here allow them to work anywhere all over the world, he saidâ€
The entire specimen GIPI make for exams have to take them to South Africa for grading. Once you are certified good, you are good.