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Nigerian polytechnics lack adequate funding

Nigerian polytechnics lack adequate funding
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SERVICOM and NBTE appeal to FG to allocate adequate fund to polytechnics.

The Service Compact (SERVICOM), due to the lack of sufficient equipment in some polytechnics, questions the establishment of such institutions in the country. This situation of polytechnics was made known at the presentation of the SERVICOM Compliance Evaluation Reports (SCER) of 23 out of 37 polytechnics in Nigeria, by the National Coordinator of SERVICOM, Mrs. Nnenna Akajemeli, to the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE). SERVICOM assesses SCER for the accurate identification of gaps and lapses, strength of MDAs in the aspect of service delivery and recommendations that would aid the improvement of customer satisfaction and accountability.

Polytechnics are established in Nigeria for the sole aim of training technologists, technicians, ND, HND, and Advanced Professional Diploma. These trainings are essential to the needs and developmental goals of the diverse economy of the nation and its industries. In addition, polytechnic education has a primary objective of promoting technical or vocational education and training, transfer of technology and also, the development of skills for the enhancement of the socio-economic advancement of the country, and many more.

Polytechnics suffer shortage of academics and non-teaching staff.

In the development of the human resources of a country, polytechnic education is integral through its creation of skilled manpower, enhancement of industrial productivity, and the improvement of the quality of life. The assessment of polytechnics across the country and the interactions with students by the agency’s team portrayed a number of lapses that required immediate attention in order to meet the mandatory requirements of the standards of education of those institutions. Some of the lapses include low funding, unstable power supply, insufficient practical materials, impaired toiletries, poor library facilities, poor laboratory facilities, late attendance of lecturers to lectures, lack of water, and many more.

The unfavorable situation of these institutions has made learning an arduous task for students, thereby making them ineffective to the society even after graduation from school. Asides difficulty on the part of students’ learning, there is also a shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff. This shortage has led to the exhaustive work of the available staff as they try to fill in the gap of the required labor. This eventually leads to an inefficient and ineffective delivery of service.

New innovative ideas will boost technological development in polytechnics.

The National Coordinator of SERVICOM, nevertheless, applauded polytechnics that have provided innovative ideas that would aid the improvement of technological development in Nigeria. One of such polytechnics is the Management of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, which produced ‘SMART CAMPUS’ for the online screening, clearance, and registration of courses by students. This idea has led to the reduction of hardships faced by students. Other innovations, achieved by the same polytechnic, are electric car, and drones. These innovations are assurances that the institution is contributing to the improvement of technological development.

Amidst the commendation of the innovative ideas of some polytechnics, SERVICOM urged the NBTE management and concerned agencies to make sure that polytechnics get sufficient and adequate funding for the effectiveness and smooth running of the institutions. Also, adequate funding would help them towards the easy achievement of their mandates, for the benefits of the students and the public, in general. Thus, there should be an increase in the allocation of funds for the effectual productivity of the polytechnic system.

NBTE entreats FG to ensure adequate funding of polytechnics.

The Executive Secretary of the NBTE, Prof. Idris Bugaje, saluted the efforts of the SERVICOM for the presentation of the reports that portrayed the strength and weaknesses for the improvement of service delivery in Nigerian Polytechnic institutions. He therefore appealed to polytechnics to strengthen all areas of weaknesses, improve on their strength, and close all gaps. President Muhammadu Buhari was also urged to see to the approval of the recruitment of lecturers for polytechnics in the country, considering the retirement of the capable ones. In addition, the federal government was entreated to look into the adequate funding of these institutions.


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Ask Nigeria
30 days ago

Nigerian polytechnics lack adequate fundingSERVICOM and NBTE appeal to FG to allocate adequate fund to polytechnics.Express your point of view.

Ultra0711
Member
29 days ago

Nigeria’s polytechnics are underappreciated despite being one of the organizations advancing the nation’s technical advancement. The majority of them lack enough resources, both human and material. Technical development will advance significantly if finances are made available for them.

Last edited 29 days ago by Ultra0711
AN-Usman
Member
29 days ago

Many students have dropped out as a result of the government’s lack of funding and assistance for these Polytechnics because they are unable to bear the unusual stress of attending school in these institutions.

DimOla
Member
29 days ago

The sole purpose of establishing polytechnics in Nigeria is yet to be realized because the tertiary institution is underfunded. The government is less concern about science and technological development in Nigeria. It well be better if government can see the importance of polytechnics and see the need to find it.

Khalifa001
Member
29 days ago

Polythenic in Nigeria are not adequate funded and it cause a lot of student lacking the practical part

Adeolastan
Member
29 days ago

Polytechnic institute in Nigeria has been suffering from most of the problems in the article and is very unfortunate because this institutions suppose to be training students on how to be independent on their own when they graduate and even employ people in their different fields.Federal government should do everything possible to meet up with all the request so as to increase the technical know how of the country and boost the economy.

SarahDiv
Member
29 days ago

This is true. The polytechnics are under funded. Imagine a country that want to develop but fail to invest in educational sector generally. It is most unfortunate for this country.how will it develop. Other countries invested in science and technology through their educational sectors and they were able to find themselves where they are today. For pass five months now ASUU is on strike. Our children are still at home doing nothing wasting their youthful time.
Government need to wake up fund our polytechnics if they are truly interested in the development of this country called Nigeria.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
29 days ago

Our educational system in this country is poor. Polytechnics in Nigeria lacks adequate learning facilities.Things like this stands as a barrier to students in their pursuit of knowledge. Government should find solutions to this problems..Asap

Last edited 29 days ago by Iyanu12345ogg
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Member
29 days ago

The govt has yet to consider polytechnic institution as a difference maker for the society. Students are known to attend polytechnic institution in hopes of gaining administration into university to further their studies. Polytechnic institution must be funded properly so that students attending this institution will be groomed for the future. With adequate funding a polytechnic graduate should be a productive member of the society regardless of further studies.

Christiana
Member
29 days ago

Because of this lack of backing and support from the government for these Polytechnics, many students have dropped out because they can’t handle the abnormal stress of schooling in these institutions.

Tolaniiii
Member
29 days ago

We have a responsibility to ensure that polytechnics receive adequate finance in order to ensure the institutions’ efficiency and the continuity of their operations.

Bola12
Member
29 days ago

The fact that polytechnics are places where one can learn a wide variety of talents, including those that can help a country’s economy and society advance, is evidence of the importance of these institutions.

Remi1
Member
29 days ago

Poor library facilities are something that plagues most government or federal schools in Nigeria and not just polytechnics. The government should work on it, please.

Taiwoo
Member
29 days ago

The polytechnics in Nigeria have never been given much respect, and even their degrees are not generally recognised as being of high quality which is probably why the government are not really funding them.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
29 days ago

Polytechnic education is essential to the growth of a nation’s human resources since it leads to the production of highly skilled labour, which is another reason why it should be supported financially.

Yomii
Member
29 days ago

We need to immensely work on the growth of our polytechnics because it is also an essential aspect of our educational sector and will help a lot in improving the lives of all students.

Kazeem1
Member
29 days ago

A number of the country’s polytechnics do not have adequate facilities, which raises doubts about the viability of establishing more of these kinds of educational facilities.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
29 days ago

Because of the precarious state of these educational establishments, students face an uphill battle in their pursuit of knowledge which is not supposed to be.

Chibuzor
Member
29 days ago

If these polytechnics were given the appropriate amount of funds, it would make it much simpler for them to carry out their missions, which would ultimately be to the advantage of the students and the general public.

Hassan Isa
Member
29 days ago

Our educational system has really suffered in this country, and the government needs to do something about it because it doesn’t speak well of us

Adesanyaj72
Member
29 days ago

Doesn’t the government realise that polytechnic training is critical to meeting the requirements and achieving the developmental goals of the various industries that make up the nation’s economy?

Tonerol10
Member
29 days ago

Many Nigerian Polytechnics lack of equipment. Government need to take school serious in this country, not behaving as if is non of their business. Government knows the right thing to do. They should do it for the betterment of this country

theApr
Member
29 days ago

Not like the government don’t know the right thing to do. They just chose not to. How long do we have to keep persuading the government. Y’all should get your PVC

Abusi
Member
29 days ago

The government should invest in our polytechnics. Education is meant to be funded. There is need to have up to date materials and apparatus that will help to maks learning seamlessly easy. I hope the government ensure the needs of the polytechnics is provided for.

AN-Abiodun
Member
29 days ago

Nigeria’s polytechnics are underrated, whereas they are one of the institutions improving technological development in the country.

Most of them lack adequate facilities and human resources.

If there can be funds for them, then there will be a significant advancement in technical development.

Haykaylyon26
Member
29 days ago

Nigeria polytechnics should also be seen as a great institution in education sector adequate resources should be provide so they can meet to the standard of learning to Improve the strength and weakness of polytechnics it will be good because people will be more move into polytechnics for schooling, asuu don the fall hand of university. Polytechnic is now fast to graduate than university now because of strike in university. If necessary things are done in polytechnic and they are rate well people will switch to polytechnic rather than do fire by force to enter university

jdpumping
Member
29 days ago

The Nigerian polytechnics has always been seen as a second fiddle even their degree is not well regarded,so their funding has always been a thing of concern,what do you expect when the educational sectors has been bastardize there is no standard at all levels….I just hope that something can be done fast

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