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ETF TO BUILD MASS COMM STUDIO FOR NASARAWA POLY
« on: June 30, 2008, 08:23:50 PM »
THE Education Trust Fund (ETF) is to assist the Nasarawa State Polytechnic in the building of a Mass Communications Studio, as part of its 2007 intervention in the institution, Acting Rector, Michael Ibrahim, has said.

Ibrahim, who spoke at a briefing, said that the expected intervention, totalling N26 million, would be used to ensure that a standard Mass Communications department is built for the young institution, which has been producing Ordinary National Diploma graduates (OND) since inception.

The Rector said that about N2.6 million out of the expected intervention would be expended to upgrade the school's library, which was one of the facilities examined by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), when its officials visited the institution recently.

Ibrahim, who has been holding the office since his boss and former rector was asked to leave the office, said that the ETF has been intervening since 2005 with library.

"They (ETF) have helped out in one of our faculty buildings in 2005. They also intervened in the Catering Department, by building a kitchen and hall in the 2006, while Mass Communications students will smile after the 2007 intervention." he said

The acting registrar declined comments on the allegation that the institution was offering an illegal Law programme at its consultancy level. According to him, the institution has been going through a lot of financial stress, which has impaired its growth.

Also speaking of the cash strapped situation of the institution, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Nasarawa State Polytechnic branch, Shammah Kpanja called on the state government to improve on the funding of the institution, which has been in the doldrums for quite some time.

The chairman told newsmen in Lafia that since the inception of the Polytechnic in 2001, the institution has barely been struggling to survive, rather than operating like a tertiary technical institution that it should be.

He said that it is only by increasing the amount of funding to the institution that the institution would be able to contribute its quota to the development of the state.

Kpanja regretted that with the introduction of the CONTISS salary scale, Academic staff members of Polytechnics are not paid "any form of allowance, be it research, journal or learned society allowance."

He disclosed that teachers in the institution were excited that six programmes offered in the school have scaled through NBTE.

Meanwhile, the African Director of the MacArthur Foundation, Mallam Kole Ahmed Shettima and the representative of Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ms Andrea Johnson, have paid a courtesy call on the Executive Secretary of ETF, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

According to a statement by Mr. Jacob Alade, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Fund, the purpose of the call was to share with the ETF their efforts towards improving higher education in Nigeria, through funding of projects, research, manpower development and provision of other facilities that would improve teaching and learning.

In his response, Yakubu stated that the ETF appreciates the efforts of the two organisations in trying to improve the higher education sub-sector in Nigeria. The Fund, he said, now insists that at the tertiary level, the ETF intervention must be deployed exclusively in projects that promote the core activities of teaching, research, the upgrading of physical infrastructure and the provision of instructional materials such as laboratories, workshops, studios, libraries, classrooms/lecture theatres and academic staff training and development.

To this end, he noted that the Fund has been discouraging the application of its interventions for the construction of perimeter fence, car parks, and drainages. The Executive Secretary was of the opinion that it is only through such re-orientation that the nation's higher institutions can be empowered to produce the world class manpower necessary for the realisation of the vision and agenda of the current administration.

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ETF TO BUILD MASS COMM STUDIO FOR NASARAWA POLY
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