BY NAJIB SANI, BAUCHI
Stake holders in the polytechnics system across the country have lamented that the neglect of polytechnic education by the federal government had undermined the growth of technology in the country and also caused mass exodus from the system of experienced and well-trained intellectuals in areas of dire need and as well as low enrollment of students into polytechnics
National , states leaders of the Academic staff union of polytechnic [ASUP] and rectors of various polytechnics in the nation made this lamentation yesterday during the opening ceremony of the 14th National Delegate Conference of the union held at the federal polytechnics Bauchi.
Speaking on the occasion, the national president of SUP Comrade Usman Yusuf Dutse alleged that polytechnic education in the country has become endangered owing to persistent neglect, underfunding, unfavorable/conflicting policies, obsolete instruments of operation, decay of infrastructure and poor conditions of services.
“As major stakeholders in the sector, we cannot ignore the fact that problems of polytechnic education in Nigeria are becoming increasingly worrisome. Our sector is discriminated against and our graduates are ridiculed at points of employment, not because they lack the capacity, but because marginalization is enshrined in the policies and laws of the country”
“From records available to us, 1.5 million persons apply to universities while less than 40,000 apply to the polytechnics. Several efforts for the total removal of the dichotomy are still being Sabotaged by some government interest” He said
The ASUP President stated that the union embarked on the recent strike due to the failure of government at various levels to give the desired attention to the plights of polytechnic education in Nigeria, pointing out that the Government should match words with action and sincerity in order to ensure lasting industrial Peace in the sector.
In his address, the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Dr Shuaibu Musa lamented that inadequate funding had crippled the broad and existing national policies and programmes of polytechnic education,sayings that these issues need to be tackled to enable the nation benefit from the huge potentials of polytechnic education for the provision of skilled manpower for sustained economic growth and development.
He enumerated the some of the achievements recorded in his eight year tenure in the polytechnic which would expire in end of December this year to include recruitments of 240 academic staff of various ranks, approval of study fellowship in Nigeria and international universities to 60 for men for PhD, 125 for Masters degrees and 300 staff who attended national and international conferences among others
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