MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Tuesday suspended the entire management of the state owned Ramat Polytechnic for six months after a surprised visit to the institution.
Even as he was shocked to see workshops and laboratories in the school were no longer functioning, saying the “Polytechnic is dead”.
The Governor who visited the polytechnic around 9:00am, found most of the laboratories out of use, while some were covered by cobwebs and rodents as a results of neglect.
After assessment of all infrastructures and learning conditions, the Governor directed the State’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Babagana Mallumbe, to immediately take over the affairs of the school.
Zulum was a student of the Polytechnic from 1986 to 1988 where he bagged the National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering before returning to the institution as the rector from 2011 to 2015; stressing that, “As far as I am concerned, this Polytechnic is dead. Nothing is working. The workshops are not in existence, the mechanical workshop is not working, the agricultural workshop is not working, likewise the entrepreneurship centre is not working.
“The School is facing myriads of problems, ranging from lack of funding and commitment. As a former student of this polytechnic, and also former rector, I have moral stakes in this polytechnic.
“I will not allow this polytechnic to rot during my era as Governor of Borno State. I will do everything possible within my reach to ensure functionality of this institution insha Allah.
“I have directed the Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation to take over it affairs for the next six months. The ministry is to ensure that all the workshops and the laboratories are put back to use as soon as possible.
“The entrepreneurship centre should immediately be put back to use as well. When I was rector of the Polytechnic, the entrepreneurship centre was producing nothing less than 10,000 to 20,000 school desks and chairs every month. We produced hospital beddings,” he disclosed.
After a closed door meeting with top management of the Polytechnic, the Governor directed the Ministry of Water Resources to drill two deep aquifers boreholes and carry out a complete water channel network within the polytechnic, which is coming after prior interventions approved for Polytechnic in 2019, to reduce problems of water supply.
In the same vein, while addressing students of the polytechnic, Zulum assured that payment of scholarships will commence soon.
“The verification exercise have just been completed, I want to assure you that as soon as the detailed report is forwarded to me, we will pay your scholarship immediately,” he said.
The Governor also visited the Federal Secretariat, where enrolments exercise of Batch C N-Power volunteers are being conducted; he addressed the applicants and assured them of the State Government’s support.