From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The newly appointed Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Prof. Idris Bugaje said he would engage the National Executives of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to see what can be done about incessant strikes in polytechnics.
He made the assertion during a media interaction in kaduna yesterday.
According to him, ASUP is a very important stakeholder in the polytechnics and the Board under his leadership will not wait for a strike defore engaging them.
“We will have an open door, engage them, value them, listen to them, discuss with them and do the doable.
““I believe we are all Nigerians, and we are all interested in the progress of this sector.
“That which cannot be done they will see it clearly and very soon the ASUP strike will come to an end,” he said.
Prof. Idris Bugaje also disclosed that the Board would push for the establishment of more vocational institutes to produce the skilled manpower needed to drive the nation’s economy.
Bugaje explained that the country’s polytechnics have all along been doing technical education and very little vocational training, stressing that was where the actual employability of Nigerians lies.