The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, says that polytechnic education has become endangered in the country.
This is due to the level of neglect and under-funding the polytechnic system has suffered in the country.
The president of ASUP, Alhaji Usman Dutse noted this at the opening of the union’s fourteenth National Conference and the ninety- third National Executive Council Meeting held at Yaba College of Technology Lagos.
He said that unfavorable policies, obsolete instruments of operation, decay in infrastructure and poor conditions of service had affected the nation’s polytechnic system negatively over the years.
He explained that these problems had posed serious challenge to teaching and learning in the nation’s polytechnics.
Alhaji Usman however, announced that the decision his union intended to take due to the federal government’s insensitivity to its plights as regards re positioning the polytechnic system for better performance would be announced after the National Executive Council meeting of the union.
In a message to the event, the Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Mr. Obafemi Omokungbe said that government and other relevant stakeholders should not overlook the importance of technology in the development of a nation; hence, the nation’s polytechnic education should be given proper attention.
The Rector, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Alhaji Masa’ud Elelu who presented the lead paper at the event, called on administrators of polytechnics to employ the “Gown and Town” strategy in the training of their students in order to make polytechnic graduates sound technologist, well equipped for the world of work.
Alhaji Elelu’s paper was delivered by Dr. Habeebah Adam, the deputy Rector, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin.
A former ASUP president, Mr Chibuzor Asomugha who was the chairman of the occasion appealed to the Federal Government to upgrade the Nigerian polytechnic system to a degree awarding institution so that polytechnics could engage more in research works.
Mr. Asomugha however, advised polytechnic lecturers to always upgrade themselves in their areas of specialisation in order to remain relevant in the classroom.