By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.
Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic ATAP Bauchi has restated commitment to produce quality graduates to fill manpower gap in the field of Science, Technology and Vocational skills.
The Rector of the institution Dr Adamu Saidu gave the commitment at the matriculation ceremony of admitted students for the 2020/2021 academic session held in Bauchi.
Dr Adamu Saidu said the polytechnic is aware of the growing demands for qualified graduates in the science, technology and vocational fields, hence its resolve to achieve the target in line with the core mandate of the institution.
“The core mandate of this polytechnic is to provide training in terms of human resources for nation building and we are saddled with the responsibility of training towards technology and this is what we are geared to achieve and we are doing everything humanly possible to make sure that we provide the working class in the nation, we are giving them the adequate training they deserve, he said”
He appealed to the state government to expedite action in fencing the school and construction of road network within the campus to guarantee security and accessibility.
“Already we have tabled this to His Excellency and I am aware that contract has been re-awarded for the road network and the issue of fencing is also coming up, so we are still using this medium to call upon the government to expedite action to make sure that our fence is covered for the security of this institution, he noted.”
The Rector also disclosed that the polytechnic is working towards ensuring that academic activities are up and running to cover for the lost time due to delay as a result of covid 19 pandemic.
On manpower challenges of the polytechnic, Dr Adamu Saidu said the institution is in dire need of both academic and non academic staff to bridge the existing gap.
“According to him, manpower is something which is needed honestly, I will not try to run away from this reality, even with the fact that there is embargo as regards employment but yet His Excellency use to give us some attention but nevertheless we still need more attention in line with recruiting more human resources.”
In a vote of thanks, the Dean Students Affairs Dr Maijama’a Danjuma expressed gratitude to the students for their patience and the management for its effort towards the success of the exercise.
The Registrar of the polytechnic Abdullahi Alhaji Adamu administered the oath to seven thousand eight hundred and eleven matriculants across six schools to include General Studies, Engineering, Environmental Technology, Management Sciences, Environmental Technology, Vocational and Technical Education, and Science technology.