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.
The Chairman of KAM Industries, Dr. Kamorudeen Yusuf, on Monday in Ilorin, said this when he received a delegation from the University of Ilorin, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali.
Yusuf also disclosed that students on Industrial Works Experience Scheme (SIWES) would also have an opportunity for tutelage and mentorship in the company.
He noted 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 to fast-track the economic development of the country.
Yusuf commended the university for the calibre of graduates being turned out, saying that the human resource available in the institution showed that the country did not need to import people for development.
The industrialist also commended the university for standing out as the best in the country.
“If other universities can be as committed as the University of Ilorin, we would not have the problem of importing labour from abroad,” he said.
Yusuf, who is also the Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Kwara/Kogi Chapter, also disclosed that no nation could develop without adequate attention to science and technology-based courses.
Responding, Ambali said it was important to have all the Heads of the Departments in the Faculty of Engineering to visit the industry.
Ambali, who described the industry 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 industrialisation and improving on the nation’s human capital base.”
Ambali said the university was 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.