Ganduje charges FG on Poly education devt
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abdulahi Ganduje, has appealed to the Federal Government to pay more attention to the development of polytechnic education in the country.
The Governor equally urged the government to implement the removal of the preferential treatment between holders of Bachelor Degrees and Higher National Diplomas(HND) in the service.
He said the policy if effected will remain the best way to promote technical education, which the polytechnics were purposely established to achieve.
Ganduje spoke in Ado-Ekiti recently, during the 17th combined convocation ceremonies of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, where 16,786 graduands were conferred with the award of Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma, (HND).
The Governor, a one-time Chairman of the Governing Council of the polytechnic was also conferred with the Fellow of the Polytechnic alongside other Nigerians, including former Ebonyi State Governor, Dr. Sam Egwu, a business Mogul, Chief Bestman Anekwe and Mr. Femi Ogunleye, among others.
He described polytechnic education as key to the efforts of the federal and state governments to wipe out the scourge of unemployment in Nigeria saying his government had totally removed the dichotomy and had taken far reaching steps like the proper funding of the Kano State owned Polytechnic to enable it become a veritable training ground for those desirous of skills and vocations.
Ganduje said: “Today, Kano State Government has no such barrier in the Civil Service. Holders of HND and Bachelor Degrees are employed on the same cadre and can rise to the pinnacle of their careers.
“Apart from that, we also declared free primary and secondary education in Kano State. It is now compulsory for parents to put all children of school ages in schools. And this has increased enrolments in schools.
“Kano State is also ensuring accreditation for all the 279 courses being offered by higher institutions owned by Kano State. This is coupled with the funds being provided by government to train academic and non-academic staff of those institutions abroad”.
He said the state is also rejigging and strengthening the almajiris education in a way that would promote education to the graaroots .
Governor Kayode Fayemi, represented by his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, urged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the nation and think more of how to be job creators rather than seekers.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Hephzibar Oladebeye, appealed to the honourees to help in the development of the polytechnic and make it a force to be reckoned with globally.
He urged the graduands to put the skills and entrepreneurial acumen garnered in the school into use to create employments.