By Oginyi Nkechinyere
The Board Chairman, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, Chief Austin Igwe Edeze has called for more funding for polytechnics in the country to produce more self reliant graduates.
Chief Edeze made the call in Abakaliki on Wednesday while speaking with Citizens’ Advocate newspaper emphasizing that polytechnics equip students with practical knowledge that will make them join the labour market and become employers of labour.
The board chairman who is also a Board of Trustee (BOT) member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) described polytechnic as engine house of middle manpower and should be properly funded and provided with more of new technology, so that the institution would teach its students more practical and this will benefit the government as unemployment will be reduced.
Chief Edeze, commended Federal Government for abolishing the dichotomy between HND and B.Sc. holders in the civil service.
He said, “We will not stop asking the government to fund the engine house of middle manpower, polytechnic because our polytechnics are crying for funding, they are not properly funded, we have raised it several time even in our forum.”
Our polytechnic needs more fund, more of new technology manpower will be beneficial to government,” he added.
He pointed out that creating a dichotomy in the certificate is believing in paper work, paper certificate adding that the dichotomy was not helping as it is one of those policies that are retrogressive.
“Creating a dichotomy is believing in paper work, paper certificate and as you can see, a lot of our children now is with paper work, if they come for interview, you will wonder which school they attended.”
But those who are from this middle man power developers have been taught practical, rendered practical service, whereas you see somebody from the university with first class honour that cannot defend it.
Dichotomy has been long abolished and should remain that way.
Recall that after much agitation, Federal Government recently removed the dichotomy between HND and B.Sc. in the civil service.
Before now, personnel with HND certificates in areas like Prisons, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Immigration, and Fire Service Board are employed into the inspectorate cadre while those with Bachelor’s degree certificate are in the superintendent cadre.
Accordingly, a technical committee has been constituted to work out modalities for the implementation as well as harmonization of ranks in accordance with the abolition