President Muhammadu Buhari says huge investment in technical and vocational education will continue to be his administration priority to reduce unemployment in the country
He stated this at the 9th combined convocation ceremony of the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, Nasarawa State
President Buhari represented by the Executive Secretary National University Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, said the administration will not relent in its effort in providing the necessary infrastructure to guarantee quality education.
The president said that he would continue to work with honesty, integrity and dedication to change the fortunes of the country for the benefit of Nigerians, particularly the less-privileged in urban and rural areas.
He commended the management of the polytechnic and the council headed by Prof. Godwin Sogolo for promoting peaceful atmosphere conducive for teaching and research.
He urged the graduating students and other eminent citizens conferred with fellowship of the institution to support his administration in charting a new course for the nation.
Earlier, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, had said that government was making all necessary investments in human and material terms, to ensure that Nigeria’s tertiary institutions were ranked among the league of global institutions.
Malam Adamu explained that efforts were being made through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and other sources to upgrade tertiary institutions in academic and infrastructure development.
He commended the Acting Rector of the polytechnic, Malam Abdullahi Alhassan and the Management team for restoring stability, peace and order to the institution.
In his speech, the Rector, Malam Abdullahi Alhassan, commended Buhari for his continued support to take the polytechnic to its present state.
He said “we remain most appreciative and pray that we will continue to get more support through the various interventions of TETFUND.”
Malam Abdullahi, however, decried inadequate funding which had slowed down activities in certain key areas of operations, including the procurement of equipment and provision of highly-needed classrooms, laboratories, studios, staff offices among others.
Four distinguished Nigerians were conferred with the Fellowship of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa (FFPN).
The recipients were Gov. Tanko Al-Makura, former Minister of Sports Alhaji Buba Ahmed; a philanthropist, Chief Ikechi Emenike and Sen. Abubakar Sodangi.