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Why ITF can’t pay students’ SIWES allowance

Director General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Professor Longmas Sambo Wapmuk yesterday said that the Industrial Training Fund is finding it difficult to pay students’ industrial training allowance because the money meant for such payment is not forthcoming from the Federal Government.

Speaking at a seminar in Kaduna yesterday, he said the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is specifically financed by the Federal Government, and that that the money is not forthcoming due to the numerous programmes the government has to attend to.

“It is when the government provides the money to us that we will pay the students because we are not paying them from our own purses. That is why we owe the students quite a lot of money. Regardless of the time, whenever the Federal Government pays the money, we will pay the students,” he said.

The DG, who was represented by the Director in charge of Business Training Development Department, Mohammed Aminu, assured that the fund would reach all students who have not been paid even after graduation, saying they would do that through the records and contact addresses of the students.

According to him, the seminar is to provide a forum for stakeholders to meet and discuss about Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as applicable to training or learning.

He stressed that the seminar tagged “e-learning: the business, the process and the practice” is a national programme, but is being organised in zones.

“We had that of Lagos on Tuesday, we are having the one in this zone today (yesterday) and we will have another one sometime next week in Jos,” he said.

He said the theme is timely and critical because it would reposition the fund to harness the opportunities that abound in a knowledge based economy and also create effective opportunities for learning.

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