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POLYTECHNICS GET N20B WORLD BANK AID
« on: September 22, 2008, 06:24:55 PM »
Polytechnics get N20b World Bank aid
From Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna

THE World Bank has provided $180 million or N20 billion as grant to Nigeria to boost science and technology education in the nation's polytechnics.

Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Nuru Yakubu, disclosed this at the weekend while receiving participants in Policy, Strategy and Leadership (Pre-SEC) Course 3 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos, Plateau State at the board's headquarters in Kaduna.

According to Yakubu, the World Bank grant would be applied to the provision and improvement of infrastructure and teaching facilities in polytechnics across the country.

The NBTE chief said inadequate funding over the years had resulted in the inability of the nation's polytechnics to expand their facilities to cope with the ever-increasing intakes.

Yakubu added that the problem of funding had also hampered the ability of the polytechnics to maintain existing facilities in effective working conditions, making their equipment obsolete and programmes out of tune with the labour market demand.

He also stressed the need for high-level capacity building for teaching and support staff to meet the global challenge for higher competence, communication and other life skills, adding that it had become imperative to improve the quality and quantity of polytechnic staff through training and special staff development programmes along the line of UNESCO-Nigeria Project Staff Development Centres.

Yakubu said: "Retraining staff to improve their competence is a major imperative in polytechnic and technical education sector. Many polytechnics are now facing the problem of inadequate and obsolete training equipment, especially for science and technology programmes. Many of the equipment are obsolete and spare parts are no longer available. They also lack current levels of precision that are now the standard. A lot of them are far below current industrial and training standards.

"Technology the world over has become very dynamic. To train appropriate technological manpower that will drive the Nigerian economy and sustain it at competitive level globally, regular upgrade of laboratory/workshop facilities and other teaching resources at the polytechnic are necessary. The level of funding available to the polytechnic system in the past has not allowed for this."

He continued: "To properly address these problems of physical infrastructure in the polytechnic system, there is a need to embark on massive rehabilitation and upgrade programme. Thereafter, there will be need for sustained financial commitments aimed at properly aligning/sustaining the polytechnic system on the path that will ensure its ability to provide the level of technological training and manpower required for the country's attainment of the 20-2020, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other development targets.

"To address the problems of inadequate and obsolete physical infrastructural facilities and equipment in the polytechnics, the board has embarked upon the rehabilitation and re-equipping of our technical institutions.

"The programme of providing new and updated equipment to address critical areas of need arising from the implementation of the revised curricula has slowly begun to address this issue. A lot more needs to be undertaken in this regard.

"The polytechnics should seize the opportunity given by the World Bank Development Project for Science and Technology Post-Basic i.e. Step B Project and ensure that they access funds for staff development.

"Staff teaching in areas such as Printing Technology, Catering and Hotel Management and Tourism where no post-graduate programmes are available in any of the Nigerian universities should be sponsored for studies abroad."

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POLYTECHNICS GET N20B WORLD BANK AID
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