By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA – A socio- cultural group, the Igala Unity Forum, IUF, has called on the Rector, Federal Polytechnic Idah, Dr. Baba Danjuma to use his appointment to effect a positive change in the institition; which they said is lagging behind.
Coordinator of the forum, Akowe Achimugu stated this during a ceremony organised in honour of the rector and two other principal officers of the polytechnic who are members of the forum.
Achimugu said the institution is 10 years behind in development, and stressed that the rector must do all he can to lift it out of the doldrums.
“We, however, use this medium to call on you to explore all possible avenues to ensure the developmnt of this polytechnic. This institution is more than 10 years behind other polytechnics created at the same time.
“This may not be unconnected with leadership of the polytechnic over the years who were not proactive to issues of development.
“I can remember a time when the polytechnic had about 30 programmes running and were fully accredited. Today, I am not sure if there are up to 20 programmes fully accredited by the National Board for Technical Education. We can even have more programmes and courses, and I think this is the area you need to look into.
“On our part, collectively we shall do what is necessary to promote and bring development to this institution.
“We will continue to encourage and motivate our leaders to do what is desirable in the interest of the system, as the development and progress of this institution constitute our individual development and progress.”
The rector on his own implored the forum, the community and members of the staff to join hands with him in the task of elevating the institution to an enviable height.
He disclosed that plans are on to introduce new courses, while efforts would be intensified to improve the existing ones to meet the standard of NBTE.
He charged the members of the forum to come up with ideas that would help to attain the core mandate of the polytechnic.