The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the Federal Government to increase funding of polytechnic education through the TETFUND special intervention.
The group made the call on Sunday in Owerri, the capital of Imo State in south-east Nigeria while on a facility tour on Federal Government projects to the Federal Polytechnic Nekede in Owerri.
The National President of NANS, Comrade Tijani Usman, said that the association remained committed to supporting President Buhari-led Federal Government in fighting corruption, especially in the education sector.
Mr Usman said that polytechnic education was one of the key to sustainable growth and technological development of Nigeria.
The President reiterated that would not be business as usual for School Authorities who embezzle funds meant for school development by erecting kangaroo projects that do not have impact on the students.
While commending NANS for the visit, the management of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, thanked the Federal Government for the special intervention fund which they said had gone a long way to help the school’s growth.
They, however, appealed to the government for more funding, as students from polytechnics were contributing immensely to the technological growth of country.
The Minister for Education, Professor Ruqayyat Rufai said in a bid to tackle the problem of unemployment in the country the federal government has recognized the place of technical and vocational training as a major drive for employment generation which is why the transformation agenda of the Goodluck Jonathan administration is given requisite attention to technical and vocational training in the 4-year strategic plan for the development of the education sector 2011-2015.
While addressing 2010/2011/2012 graduands of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede in Owerri the Imo state capital south east Nigeria, the minister disclosed that in the drive to actualize the transformation agenda of the Goodluck Jonathan led administration especially in the education sector, attention is given to quality education service delivery in all the federal and state polytechnic which will develop skills and competencies that will enable young graduates function effectively as business owners rather than job seekers.
Mrs Ruqayyat noted that since polytechnics play pivotal role in the development of technical and vocational education and training in the country, the federal government has embarked on the upgrading laboratories and training of staff in all 51 federal and state polytechnics across the country through a special intervention, with initial cost of N15 billion, with a view to making them offer teaching and learning that are relevant to the national development objectives that will help drive diverse sectors of the economy.
She advised the graduands to put into practise what has been learnt in the course of their learning and contribute positively to the development of the nation.