The governor of the state of Borno, Babagana Zulum, suspended the entire management of the Ramat State Polytechnic in Maiduguri for six months.
Zulum was a student of the Polytechnic from 1986 to 1988.
He obtained the National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering before returning to the Polytechnic as rector from 2011 to 2015.
The governor, however, paid a surprise visit to his alma mater and was shocked to see that the workshops and laboratories were no longer functioning, as the “Polytechnic is dead”.
On Tuesday the governor visited the Polytechnic at around 9 a.m. and found most of the labs redundant with some covered in cobwebs and rodents wandering through neglect.
After an assessment of the site, Zulum ordered the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Babagana Mallumbe, to immediately take care of the school’s affairs.
“As far as I’m concerned, this Polytechnic is dead. Nothing works. The workshops do not exist, the mechanical workshop does not work, the agricultural workshop does not work, just as the entrepreneurship center does not work.
“The school is facing a myriad of problems, ranging from a lack of funds and commitment. As a former student of this polytechnic, former rector, I have moral interests in this polytechnic. Insha’Allah, I will not allow this polytechnic to rot during my time as governor of the state of Borno. I will do everything possible within my reach to ensure the functionality of this institution insha Allah.
“I have ordered the Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation to take care of business for the next six months. The ministry must ensure that all workshops and laboratories are put back into operation as soon as possible.
“The entrepreneurship center should also be reused immediately. When I was rector of the Polytechnic, the center for entrepreneurship produced 10,000 to 20,000 desks and chairs every month. We have produced hospital beds, ”Zulum said.
The Governor held a closed-door meeting with senior staff members of the Polytechnic.
He ordered the water resources ministry to drill two wells and build a complete network of water channels within the Polytechnic, which is coming after the previous interventions he approved for the Polytechnic in 2019, to reduce water supply problems .
Source: – Sahara Reporters
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