The Ogun State government has directed the management of the Royal Institute of Health Technology Ifo area of the State to immediately recall their students from the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).
This directive was given by Governor Dapo Abiodun after a meeting with the management of the school and representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) on Monday in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the State capital.
The Institute had mobilised their students to various hospitals and health institutions to observe the compulsory Industrial Training programme.
But, in reaction to the Institute’s action, NANS and NAOSS berated the school, alleging that the school management had violated Federal and Ogun State governments’ order on the closure of schools by mobilising students for the compulsory Siwes programme.
The students bodies also alleged that the school had reopened for academic activities despite the government’s order.
Governor Abiodun who was represented by his Special Assistant on Students’ Matters, Comrade Azeez Adeyemi noted that the government’s directive was not to witch hunt the school or anybody but to save the students from the risk of contracting the deadly Coronavirus.
His words, “We have both agreed here today, that your students must be recalled from their Siwes programme. As government, we are mandating you to recall all students on Siwes.
“We have professional doctors and nurses who have contracted COVID-19 and have died. Exposing students that are not yet professionals to the risk of contracting COVID-19 is not too good. Please get them back to their homes”, the Governor added.
The Public Relation Officer of the Institute, Mr. Adewale Dada denied that the school had reopen for academic activities, insisting that the school was not in academic session “and there was no academic activity going on in the school.”
He disclosed that the Siwes programme had been called off and students were being recalled from their various places of primary assignments.
Dada noted that the school deployed students for Siwes following the request from the Ogun State Hospital Management Board for their students for Industrial Training attachment.
He said, “The students planned to resume today, Monday, June 19, as directed in the letter by the Ogun State Hospital Management Board but as I’m talking to you right now, the Siwes has been called off immediately NAOSS intervened in the situation.
“These students are health workers and part of the essential activities, in the history of their academic activities, it is important for them to have the experience of the COVID-19 control measure but as we speak, they have been called back”, Dada said.