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Rector urges govt to declare emergency in polytechnics



The outgoing rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Dr. Theresa Akande, has advised the Federal Government (FG) to as a matter of urgency, declare emergency in the polytechnic sector of the country, if it is desirous of technological advancement.

Speaking during a press conference held at the institution as part of activities to mark the end of her tenure as the school’s chief executive officer, Akande said government should create ministry of technological institutions so that policies concerning the polytechnic education would be promptly implemented.

According to her, “For Nigeria to advance technologically, it must be made mandatory that every citizens must pass through Polytechnic Education to acquire technological knowledge. If you don’t have Polytechnic Education, you cannot get a good job in Canada. The polytechnic system is capable of prospering our economy. The quest for technological advancement will be achieved because our students are taught to use their brains and their hands.”

She charged the FG to rejig polytechnic educatio, so that the country can operate at the same level with other advanced countries that are making waves in the world of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

“Francophone countries like Cote D’Ivore, Guinea Bissau and Guinea were allowed to award masters and doctorate degrees. I have been there and saw it work, so Nigeria must adopt this because no country can grow in this modern day without better technological innovation.

“So, Nigeria must come to terms that polytechnic education is very essential and should not be treated as being too low to university to university education,” she said.

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