From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
The Federal Government has directed the technical and vocational institutions in the country to refocus on training, assessing and presentation of candidates to awarding bodies for certification to enhance economic development.
The Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu made this known yesterday at the 15th Combined Convocation Ceremony at Federal Polytechnic, Bida in Niger State.
He said that, the government was determined to let young people get the required skills they needed to get good jobs.
Adamu who was represented by the Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education, Dr Musa’Udu Adamu Kazaure who further urged the institutions to bring more innovative approaches for delivering work based learning and apprenticeship.
The Rector, Federal Polytechnic Bida, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi, however, stated that the ceremony is for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic sessions.
“15th combined convocation ceremony, a total of 10,401 graduands today conferred with National Diploma and Higher National Diploma.
“Also, prizes of excellence will be given to a number of students who performed exceptionally well and distinguished themselves in designated pursuits.” he stated.
The three Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in different endeavors were conferred with the Fellowship Award of the polytechnic.
The awardees are Governor of Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger and named him after Agricultural Technology complex, National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun and the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar also received fellowship award.
The Rector hinted that the polytechnic had moved from 23 ND and 35 HND programmes in five schools to 57 programmes in 31 academic departments in seven schools since he came on board in 2015.
According to Dzukogi, the Institution came first in project fabrication and construction category in the last National Board for Technical Education organized exhibition at Auchi Polytechnic in Edo State.
He appealed to the Federal Government as a matter of urgency to increase funding to the polytechnics in the country to enable it execute various priority capital projects.
Etsu Nupe and Chairman Niger State council of traditional rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar on behalf of the awardees congratulated the students, parents, guidance and school management for their successes.
The royal father applauded the institutions efforts in ensuring the standard of the school despite the daunting financial challenges facing the education sector in the country.