The entire management of the state-owned Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri has been suspended for six months.
This is on the heels of a surprised visit by Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum.
The Governor was shocked to see that most of the laboratories were out of use, with some covered by cobwebs and rodents roaming around due to neglect.
Zulum assessed all infrastructure and learning facilities, and thereafter, directed the state’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Babagana Mallumbe, to take over the affairs of the school, immediately.
Zulum said, “As far as I am concerned, this Polytechnic is dead. Nothing is working. The workshops are not in existence, the mechanical workshop is not working, the agricultural workshop is not working, likewise, the entrepreneurship centre is not working. The School is facing myriads of problems, ranging from lack of funding and commitment. As a former student and a former Rector, I have moral stakes in this polytechnic. I will not allow this polytechnic to rot during my era as Governor of Borno State. I will do everything possible within my reach to ensure the functioning of this institution.”
“I have directed the Commissioner of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation to take over the affairs for the next six months. The ministry is to ensure that all the Workshops and the laboratories are put back to use as soon as possible. The entrepreneurship centre should immediately be put back to use as well. When I was at the Polytechnic as a rector, the entrepreneurship centre was producing nothing less than 10,000 to 20,000 school desks and chairs every month. We produced hospital beddings,” Zulum said.
The Governor later held a closed-door meeting with the top management of the Polytechnic.
He directed the Ministry Of Water Resources to drill two deep aquifer boreholes and carry out a complete water channelling network within the polytechnic.
Zulum was a student of the Polytechnic from 1986 to 1988 where he bagged the National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering, before returning to the Polytechnic as a Rector from 2011 to 2015.