Sokoto state Polytechnic, at the weekend, conferred Fellowships on eminent personalities that included the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal and Governor Aliyu Wamakko, of Sokoto state.
The institution graduated 21,062 students, being the combined sets of 2001/2002 to 2012/2013 academic sessions, at its maiden convocation ceremony held at its convocation arena.
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Bashir Garba, described the maiden convocation as historic as the institution combined 12 academic sessions.
He said the institution was established in 2002 to uplift education in the state, adding that it has 21 departments and currently runs 40 academic programmes which included Higher National Diploma, National Diploma and Certificate programmes.
Garba stated that the Polytechnic was committed to maintaining the tradition of producing quality graduands that could compete favourably with their counterparts across the world.
Speaking on behalf of other awardees, Governor Wamakko pledged that they would continue to be good ambassadors in that chosen endeavours, especially within the society.
The governor also promised to do more in the provision of adequate funds and facilities to the Polytechnic in order to stand out among contemporaries.
The rest of the awardees were Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa’udu Kazaure; Rector, Cape Coast Polytechnic, Ghana, Professor Lawrence Atepor, and Chairman, Sokoto State Taskforce on Water Supply, Alhaji Namadina Abdulrahman