Rector seeks better funding of federal polytechnics
NANS vows stocktaking of TETFund’s abandoned projects
The Rector of Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti, Dr. Hephzibah Oladebeye, yesterday, lamented that federal polytechnics had been relegated in terms of funding, saying that government’s attention has been focused on universities.
The Rector, who spoke yesterday in Ado-Ekiti during a courtesy visit by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) President, Sunday Asefon and his team to the polytechnic, said though polytechnics were supposed to be next to universities in hierarchy, but in funding, it had been relegated to the rear behind the colleges of education.
The Rector stated that the #EndSARS protests that shook the country to its foundation and forced President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation, underscored the impacts of youths in nation-building.
He said: “I want to congratulate you on your victory. Asefon had a good dream for the students. With him in the saddle, things will normalise in terms of SUG elections in Nigeria. He is rugged and he is a goal getter, I have trust in him.”
Oladebeye advised the students not to resort to arson attack or looting during crisis with the management of the institutions.
Earlier in his remarks, Asefon gave the assurance that the body would soon embark on stock-taking of abandoned TETFund projects in all tertiary institutions.
He said that NANS under his leadership would not compromise on the fight for students’ welfare, adding that the approach would not be confrontational.
He appreciated the Rector for his support during the electioneering campaigns and most importantly, for prioritising the welfare of students.
He also applauded the polytechnic management for setting up a Students Union Government (SUG) caretaker committee that would usher in a new set of executives after the botched election, urging the students not to sabotage the efforts to conduct election early next year.