By, Williams Charles Oluwatoyin.
Kogi Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello has assured the management of the State Polytechnic in Lokoja of elevating the tertiary institution to meet up with the very best in the world with high standard infrastructures.
The Governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Edward Onoja at the two-day Exhibition of arts and industrial works in the institution’s Department of Fine Art and Industrial Design, made this known on Saturday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
He lamented that the decay in infrastructures which the 25-year-old polytechnic had suffered was due to the utter neglect of the institution and education generally in the State by the past administrations.
The Chief Executive said to bring the polytechnic out of its doldrums, the shadow of neglect that has made it underdeveloped must be cast out of it with infrastructures like world standard hostels and other facilities that would make it a conducive environment for learning.
He further assured the institution’s management that the Kogi State Government would put all the requirements in place for all the courses that are offered in the school to be accredited by the National Board for Technical Education.
“The school created 25 years ago is lacking developmentally, because previous governments didn’t put into congnisance the need to make it a befitting institution of higher learning,” the Governor lamented.
Governor Bello, while commending the polytechnic, particularly the Department of Fine Arts and Industrial Design for the exhibition, urged them to continue to give adequate training to the students in order for them to be self-employed after graduation.
“Art comes from imagination, and when it is transferred to paper it becomes a complete job, either in painting or in prints. As artists you don’t need to buy, but use your initiative to make money. With the knowledge from this department, you don’t need to write application for job,” Onoja, the Chief of Staff who represented the Governor at the occasion said.
The Polytechnic Rector, Mr. Isah Mohammed, who was elated with the appearance of the Chief of Staff as the representative of the Governor at the occasion said: “The Governor has kept his promise. I thank his Excellency’s representative, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism and other dignitaries for coming.”
In his response, Onoja said: “Past governments in the State would say one thing and do the other. They were not reliable. That era is gone. His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello will always keep his words. Delays may set in, but ultimately it will happen. That’s one of the core values of His Excellency’s Leadership.”
Also in attendance were the Commissioner for Finance, Mukadam Asiwaju Asiru Idris; the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon Arome Gabriel Adoji; the Commissioner for Education who was ably represented, the Special Adviser on Culture and Tourism, Bar. Asubiojo; the Olamaboro Local Government Administrator, Hon. Nicodemus Adejoh and other invited dignitaries.