Prof­fer so­lu­tion to strike, Obiano tells lec­tur­ers

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - From Beatrice Onuchukwu, Awka

The Anam­bra State Gover­nor, Chief Wil­lie Obiano, has urged mem­bers of Coun­cil of Heads of Poly­tech­nics and Col­leges of Tech­nol­ogy in Nigeria (CO­HEADS) to prof­fer so­lu­tions to the lin­ger­ing strike ac­tions by polytech­nic lec­tur­ers.

Obiano made the plea at the 127th reg­u­lar meet­ing at the Federal Polytech­nic, Oko, Anam­bra State, a com­mu­niqué signed by the union’s chair­man, Dr. Kabiru Matazu, re­vealed.

Rep­re­sented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, Gover­nor Obiano said the in­dus­trial ac­tion had ad­versely dis­cour­aged se­ri­ous schol­ar­ship among stu­dents and al­tered aca­demic cal­en­dar.

“No coun­try that pays scant re­gard to her youths has ever at­tained true great­ness. We all have a role to play to give shape and form to the dreams of the Nige­rian youth,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mu­niqué, the coun­cil sought an end to the dis­crim­i­na­tion against grad­u­ates of poly­tech­nics in the coun­try, say­ing it is counter- pro­duc­tive.

The coun­cil also called on the govern­ment to ad­dress the is­sue once and for all, ap­peal­ing to the federal govern­ment and the strik­ing lec­tur­ers to shift grounds and end the pro­longed strike.

It added that the strike has brought un­told hard­ships to the stu­dents, par­ents and other stake­hold­ers and neg­a­tively af­fected Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion (TVE) and the na­tional econ­omy.

CO­HEADS also called on the Na­tional Board for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (NBTE) to re­view up­ward the ex­ist­ing ca­pac­ity pol­icy with a view to im­prov­ing ac­cess and qual­ity of Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy in the poly­tech­nics and Col­leges of Tech­nol­ogy.

The rec­tors urged govern­ment to ex­pe­dite ac­tion on the Needs As­sess­ment Re­port by com­mit­ting ad­e­quate funds to tackle de­cay­ing in­fra­struc­ture in poly­tech­nics.

The coun­cil which lamented the pre­vail­ing skills gap and youth un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try, called for im­me­di­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Vo­ca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Frame­work (NVQF) to ad­dress the phe­nom­ena.

The Chair­man of COHEAD, Dr. Kabir Matazu, said the meet­ing was aimed at ad­dress­ing is­sues af­fect­ing the union in­clud­ing the on­go­ing strike.

Dr. Matazu urged mem­bers of COHEAD and other staff of poly­tech­nics and Col­leges of Tech­nol­ogy to al­ways fight as a group for the progress of poly­tech­nics and the coun­try as a whole.

The Rec­tor of Federal Polytech­nic, Oko, Prof God­win Onu, while wel­com­ing mem­bers of COHEAD said the as­so­ci­a­tion shall dis­cuss among other things is­sues that af­fect tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tion ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

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