• Rector Emerges Treasurer Conference of Federal Rectors

By Usman Muhammad

After a successful outing in the running of its degree programs in affiliation with reputable universities in Nigeria, especially with the Federal University of Technology, Minna, the Federal Polytechnic Bida, has taken another step to bring about more degree programs on board, particularly from new Universities.

This time around, the Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi-led administration hosted a delegation of officials from Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai who were in Bidapoly for resource inspection of degree programs such as Business Administration, Public Administration, Mass Communication and Accounting.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Professor Aliyu Mohammed Paiko, who led others into a meeting with the Rector during the resource inspection, said his team was satisfied with the human and material resources available in the polytechnic, particularly the multi-million naira equipment found in Mass Communication studios.

“We have a lot of consideration for quality and we value the certificates issued by our university. We have gone round the departments and the school library and found interesting and standard materials suitable for the degree programs. So, by God’s grace, it is our hope that we won’t have problems approving degree programs for Bidapoly at our level, ” the DVC opined.

Rector of the institution, Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi who commended the resource inspection team also assured that his administration will leave no stone unturned in a bid to ensure that the affiliated programs succeed.

He described the opportunity as a good one “since it will bring University education closer to people and equally help in capacity building for staff and non-staff who are desirous of degree certificates.”

“So far, we have received commendation from different stakeholders for introducing degree programs here since 2018. We started with Engineering and Environmental Sciences, especially in affiliation with the Federal University of Technology, Minna, and today we are talking about new programs with IBB University. It actually shows that we are on good course.

“At this juncture, permit me to say that as soon as we get your approval and that of the National University Commission (NUC) to run the degree in management studies, we shall maintain standards and ensure that there is value for certificates to be issued.”

In a related development, Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi was recently elected as the treasurer of the Conference of Federal Rectors (COFER) in Nigeria. This development was as a result of the outcome of a COFER meeting held at the liaison office of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Abuja.

The Committee, which unanimously elected Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Architect Dr. Aluko Olusegun, as COFER Chairman, also returned Professor Emmanuel Adedayo Fasakin, Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji, as Vice-chairman.

Others elected include: Dr. Dayo H. Oladebeye as South-West Zonal coordinator and Dr. Yahaya M. Bande, Rector, Federal Polytechnic Kaura namoda, as North-West zonal coordinator. Other Zonal Coordinators are  Engr. Dr. Usman M. Kalamu, Rector Federal Polytechnic Damaturu (North-East), Dr. Baba D. Danjuma, Rector, Federal Polytechnic Idah (North-Central), Dr. Sunday U. Ukekpe, Rector, Federal Polytechnic Ukana (South-South) and Engr. Dr. Rev. Michael C. Arimanwa, Rector, Federal Polytechnic Nekede (South-East).

The meeting also resolved to make the immediate past Chairman of COFER, Dr. Ogbanna Ibe-Enwo, an ex-Officio. All the elected officials have since pledged to use their new positions to support and promote technical education especially for national development.

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