Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said the Federal Government would transform science and technical education in a bid to fast track technological development in the country.
Adamu said this on Saturday in a message to the 12th combined convocation of Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi.
The minister, who was represented by Dr Mas’ud Kazaure, Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, said the government would also support researches for breakthroughs in all sectors of human endeavour.
Adamu charged polytechnics to breed the necessary professionals required in the country to accelerate development in science and technology.
He said that the polytechnics must also serve as centres for entrepreneural education, to prepare the youths for self-reliance.
The minister commended the polytechnic for the provision of critical infrastructure which would place the institution in a vantage poistion to serve the country better.
Adamu warned students against indulging in issues inimical to their future, including examination malpractice, cultism and other deviant forms.
In his remarks, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi advised the graduates to embrace agriculture instead of waiting for white collar jobs.
He used the occasion to urge the Academic Staff Union of Universities to amicably resolve all issues it has with government.
Bagudu assured that the state government would continue to settle the tuition and registration fees of indigent students from the state studying in tertiary institutions.
Earlier, Mr Sani Zuru, the Rector of the polytechnic said 6, 351 students graduated, out of which 238 had distinctions, 1, 338 had upper credits, 1, 754 lower credits and 1, 454 obtained pass grades.
He listed some of the challenges facing the polytechnic to include inadequate manpower and funding, and called for support from private organisations.