Polytechnic students task FG on HND/Bsc dichotomy
The National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) has frowned at the continued discrimination against Higher National Diploma (HND) holders by some government and private organisations despite federal government’s unification position on the issue, and vowed to resist the dichotomy until the barrier is removed from the system.
They spoke as the Auchi Polytechnic Alumni Association (APAA) commended the Acting Rector of the institution, Dir. Sanusi Jimah for ensuring stability since he assumed office.
The students, in communiqué jointly signed by NAPS National president, Eneji Mohammed Abdulhamid, National Senate President, Sunday Adekambi and National Vice President, Edobor Samuel Freedom also appealed to the Kwara State government and management of the state owned polytechnic to rescind their decision to increase fees.
In his keynote address at the 14th Biennial Convention of APAA, the acting rector who was represented by the Deputy Rector (Admin), Fred Agboinghale, said the association has continued to play a critical role in the growth and development of the polytechnic sector noting that the level of intervention in the critical areas of need is commendable and called for the substance of the robust relationship between the school and alumni body.
The rector, who admitted that indiscipline and cultism were serious burden to the management of the polytechnic, challenged the association, particularly members in the academics to help in stemming the tide, by showing good example, saying “altogether a lot have been provided for the students in terms of infrastructure, the moulding of student’s character remains a major priority and critical to us.”
In his speech, the National President of APAA, Victor Okhaimo, said the association under his leadership made tremendous progress in the past two years through the collective efforts of his executive and entire members.
While assuring that the alumni association will continue to play a critical role in ensuring that an alumnus emerged rector, Okhaimo added that the group has become a solid bridge between the old and young graduates of the institution.
According to him, as a way of encouraging hard work and excellence, his administration has re-instituted the award of N100, 000 and N50, 000 for best graduating students at HND and OND levels, respectively.
Okhaimo, who commended the alumni members, across the 10 chapters, for their level of commitment and exemplary cooperation highlighted some of his achievements to include renovation of Alumni guest house and building of Drawing Studio for Engineering students, which he said, had gulped about N50 million and would be completed in 2018.
Others include mediation between the students and management of the school, sustenance of the tempo of membership drive through adequate publicity and awareness campaign, as well maintenance of cordial working relationship with the polytechnic management.
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