By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.
The Federal Government has been urged to take charge of Security of all its Tertiary institutions across the country to guarantee the wellbeing and safety of staff and students.
The Rector of Federal Polytechnic Bauchi Architect Sanusi Waziri Gumau gave the charge during the matriculation of students for the 2021 academic session held at the institution’s campus in Bauchi.
Architect Sanusi Gumau said due to paucity of funds and emerging security challenges, tertiary institutions can no longer sustain the effort, hence the need for government to take over the security architecture.
‘This appeal becomes necessary because as it were, it has proven to be impossible for federal tertiary institutions to pay for security and cleaning services from their meagre internally generated revenue, since the aforementioned services are outsourced, he remarked”.
He noted that the polytechnic has zero tolerance for sexual harassment, examination misconduct, certificate forgery and all forms of misdemeanor from staff and students.
“Recently, you must have heard that the Governing Council and the Academic Board of the Polytechnic had approved the dismissal of two academic staff for sexual harassment and 30 students for examination misconducts and certificate forgery, he disclosed”.
According to the Rector, the institution received 8604 applications for admission, out of which 8376 were admitted while 5181 of them registered as bonafide students.
He stated that “The breakdown of the classes of the registered new intakes is as thus: HND 1,745, ND 2,227, Diploma 1,176, IJMB 33.”
Sanusi Gumau disclosed that the National Board for Technical Education has approved the accreditation and reaccreditation of nineteen 19 programmes and another accreditation of ten 10 new ND and HND programmes would soon commence.
“Another cheering news which greeted our Institution this year is the approval to site the Northeast Zonal Office of the National Board for Technical Education here. As we speak, the Zonal Director alongside his staff have since arrived and started the work of coordinating the affairs of polytechnics, monotechnics and technical colleges in the region, he added”.
The Rector who listed some projects embarked upon by the institution to include roads and drainages, used the forum to thank stakeholders in the state, management and staff for their efforts towards the development of the polytechnic.
Earlier, the Registrar of the institution Hajiya Rakiya Maleka said the matriculated students satisfied all the criteria for admission and therefore enjoined them to follow all laid down rules and regulations governing the school to guarantee their stay.
Highlights of the event were oath taking administered by Barrister Sulaiman Goni and presentation of new Students Union Government executives.