Nigerian govt gives N691m to each polytechnic, N671m to COE

The Government of Nigeria in its bid to take drastic measure in repositioning the Polytechnics and Colleges of Education (COE) in the country in line with global best practices, has increased allocation of normal intervention fund to the institutions by 300%.

This was disclosed to newsmen in Abuja on Monday by the Executive
secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Abdullahi Baffa.

“We have taken time to study, to understand and to be able to find
ways of saving the fund. And that is what culminate into this year,
the 2017 intervention year. The allocation for 2016 is more than three
times what was given into 2015.” He said.

Baffa stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is unhappy with the state
of Nigerian Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, decrying the
take-over of labour market by foreign nationals due to inadequate
manpower in the country arising from half-baked training going on in
the Nigerian tertiary institutions.

In his words, “President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) has clearly stated to
us that our polytechnics are not producing both in terms of quality
and in terms of quantity the needed manpower that is going to drive
our industrial growth.”

He further added that “the president was also empathic that teachers
at the basic level of education are grossly under qualified,
unprofessional in their conducts and inadequate.”

The agency announced that each polytechnic will get a normal
intervention package of N691million as against N227million earmarked
for the same program in 2015 while each college of education either
state owned or federal will garner 671million as against 224million
earmarked for the same purpose in 2015.

Baffa urged the institutions concerned to make judicious use of the
fund, adding that era of “anything goes” is over. That all funds will
be closely monitored to ensure their used for its intended purposes.


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