The Nigerian Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has restated the Federal Government’s resolve to use Polytechnics as agent of industrial and technological growth.
Speaking at the 14th combined convocation of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, the minister, represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa’ud Kazaure, stated that the Polytechnics would serve government’s drive of making the teeming youth educated and self-employed instead of job seekers.
He added that this would also translate into reducing the level of corruption through engagement of citizens, especially the youths.
Adamu challenged Polytechnics in the country to make Nigeria a producer nation rather than a consumer one.
He, therefore, charged the polytechnic to imbibe high sense of probity, adding that they should continue to play crucial roles in improving the nation’s economy.
The minister commended the Federal Polytechnic, Bida for planning to introduce new courses in Agricultural Technology, stressing its importance in the agricultural chain.
Similarly, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, charged the Polytechnic to leverage on its strength of skill development to reduce unemployment in the country.
Bello, who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Muhammad Ketso, said that the Polytechnics would, however, perform optimally with due attention from government.
Earlier, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi, stated that new courses would be introduced by next session.
He revealed that the course would include Information and Communication Technology as well as various agricultural course to boost the state agriculture potential. (NAN)