By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP) Plateau state polytechnic Comrade Simji Lumpye, has cried out to the Plateau state government to help developed infrastructural deficit of the institution.
The Plateau Polytechnic ASUP chairman made the revelation Wednesday in Jos, at the 6th national conference of ASUP, holding at Plateau state polytechnic, Barkinladi.
The ASUP chairman revealed that Plateau state government has not employed any staff over 13 years ago, therefore, most staff are been overstretched.
Com Lumpye said the institution is greatly lacking in infrastructural development, according to the ASUP chairman, new structures springing up at the polytechnic are projects of the TET-fund intervention.
Similarly, Rector Plateau state polytechnic John Dawan, in an address of welcome to delegates lamented that lack of technical advancements in Nigeria was due to lack of proper planning and poor policy formulations.
The Rector however said polytechnics across Nigeria has contributed immensely in technical vocational skills development in the country.
Responding to the quest of the Plateau polytechnic, governot of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, through the Secretary to the government of Plateau state (SGS) Prof Danladi Atu, said that government is aware of the challenges been face by the institution.
The governor said efforts are been made toward ensuring that all programmes and Courses been studied at the polytechnic are accredited by National Universities Commission NUC.
Keynote presenter at the ASUP 6th national conference, who is the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Benue state Dr. Nentawe Yilwada, in a lecture said lack of integration and selfishness among Nigerians has caused under development in the country.
He blamed the numerous insecurities, econmic, and political challenges bedeviling the country to illiteracy among many Nigerians, he revealed that about 16 million children in Nigeria are currently out of school.
According to Dr. Nentawe, the said population that is out of school is greeter than the entire human population of north central Nigerian states.
He said human population is increasing more faster than economic development, he noted sadly that jobs that had substaned Nigerian economy are been wipe away due to climate change.
Dr. Nentawe revealed further that in the year 2050, Nigerians might lack portable drinking water at northern Nigeria due desert encroachment.
A communique is expected to make public, the resolutions of the three day annual conference of ASUP, this Friday; most national officials of the Union are present at the conference.