Rector wants government to revive technical colleges

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria are working tirelessly to end the disparity between Higher National Diploma holders and Bachelor of Science holders as the proposal is before the Senate Committee on tertiary education.

While answering questions from Journalists in Kwara State, the Chairman of Heads of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, Masuud Elelu said the move was necessary to accelerate technical education and improve technological advancements.

Elelu is also the Rector of the Kwara State Polytechnic.

According to him, the Council is “working with the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics to address grey areas that could cause disagreement and equally working towards having a stable academic calendar in all polytechnics and Colleges of Education across the country.’’

“The Nigerian government has captured the assessment of the Universities and when that of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education is released, it will go a long way in assisting the technical institutions towards achieving its mandate,’’
Elelu explained

Pre-admission screening
Meanwhile, the Kwara State Polytechnic is to conduct a pre-admission security screening and certificates verification for prospective applicants into the institution for this year’s admission.

The Rector, Masud Elelu said this would enable the institution to ascertain that qualified candidates were admitted into the institution.

Though the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination had been scrapped by the Ministry of Education, Elelu stated that tertiary institutions were given the liberty to conduct pre-admission screening which would attract little charges due to the facilities and personnel that would be used.

“Paucity of funds in the country is adversely affecting the Polytechnic which prompted the management of the institution to prioritise its needs on salary, security and academic activities,’’ he stressed.

“Salaries of the workers are paid as at when due, the security apparatus within the campus had been strengthened for a sustainable stable academic calendar while more lecture rooms and halls were constructed to facilitate learning.

“The institution is expecting about 180 officials of the National Board of Technical Education for the accreditation of more five programmes from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as well as re-accreditation of 26 programmes from Higher National Diploma to National Diploma,’’ he explained.

The Kwara State Polytechnic is ranked 7th best Technical tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

“My administration’s mandate is to turn around the image of the institution,’’ the Rector said.

On the 2018 Nigeria Polytechnics Games, NIPOGA, the Kwara State Polytechnic is hosting, Elelu stated that the stadium and indoor sports hall had reached 85 per cent completion stage while all necessary sporting facilities needed for the games had been supplied.