MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Government has approved the release of N100m as take off grant for recently approved Federal Polytechnic, Monguno, by the Federal Government.
Gov. Zulum gave the hint when he received the Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Garba Ngala in Maiduguri on Thursday.
He explained that of the N100m, the government has already released the sum of N50m to the state Ministry of Higher Education for rehabilitation works at the proposed temporary site of the polytechnic earlier provided by government, while the additional N50m would be released to management of the institution to supplement commencement of their operations.
The Governor said his administration was committed to complimenting the efforts of the federal government in ensuring that all necessary requirements are met for the Polytechnic to function.
Earlier, the Rector, Prof. Ngala, revealed that the Polytechnic plans to commenced enrollment of students by October, 2021; and reiterated commitment of the management towards the success of the institution for the development of the State.
Prof. Ngala was accompanied by Registrar of the polytechnic, Adamu Usman; the Bursar, Mohammed Abadam; and the Liberian, Bukar Wasaram.
It would be recalled that Governor Zulum had, in January, 2021, led a delegation of National Assembly members to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, in Abuja to convey the state’s gratitude after President Buhari gave approval for Borno to have a federal polytechnic as it is in most of the 36 states which have federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
Borno State had since creation in 1976, been without a federal polytechnic and a federal college of education despite when states created in later years, have been with both federal institutions.
Governor Zulum, since 2019, had deployed intense lobbying and networking with federal education stakeholders towards ensuring the state gets federal polytechnic and college of education to add to the federal government owned University of Maiduguri.