From Francis Nansak, Lafia
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed the readiness of Federal Government to invest more in the nation’s education sector, especially in science, technology and vocational education training.
The president, who was represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, stated this at the 9th Combined Convocation of Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Nasarawa State.
He said that his administration would continue to pursue its vision until it laid a solid foundation for a viable nation which every Nigerian would be proud of.
While commending the management of the polytechnic and the council led by Prof. Godwin Sogolo, for promoting peaceful atmosphere that has made it conducive for teaching and research in the institute, Buhari urged the graduating students and other eminent citizens conferred with fellowship of the institution to support his administration in charting a new course for the nation.
“I urge the good people of the Nasarawa State and all other Nigerians to always support the course of peace and harmony in the country, which is the only viable path of progress and prosperity for our people,” Buhari said.
On his part, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said efforts were being made through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and other sources to upgrade tertiary institutions in academic and infrastructure development.
He commended the acting Rector of the polytechnic, Malam Abdullahi Alhassan and his team for restoring stability, peace and order to the institution.
Earlier, the acting rector commended President Mohammadu Buhari for his continued support to take the polytechnic to its present state.
“We remain most grateful and pray that we will continue to get more support through the various interventions of TETFund,” he said.
Alhassan, however, decried inadequate funding which had slowed down activities in certain key areas of operations, including the procurement of equipment and provision of highly-needed classrooms, laboratories, studios, staff offices, among others.
The 9th combined convocation of the polytechnic witnessed the conferment of Fellowship of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, on Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Alhaji Buba Ahmed, ex-Minister of Sports; Chief Ikechi Emenike and Sen. Abubakar Sodangi.