Governor Babangida Zulum of Borno State, has suspended the entire management of the state-owned Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri, for a period of six months.
Zulum was a student of the Polytechnic from 1986 to 1988.
He bagged National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering before returning to the Polytechnic as rector from 2011 to 2015.
The governor, however, paid a surprise surprise visit to his alma mater and was shocked to see workshops and laboratories were no longer functioning, as the “Polytechnic is dead”.
The governor visited the Polytechnic around 9:00am on Tuesday and found most of the laboratories redundant with some covered by cobwebs and rodents roaming around due to neglect.
After an evaluation of the place, Zulum directed the State’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Babagana Mallumbe, to take over the affairs of the school immediately.
“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 former student of this polytechnic, a former rector, I have moral stakes in this polytechnic. Insha’Allah, 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 functionality of this institution insha Allah.
“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 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 held a closed door meeting with top management staff members of the Polytechnic.
He directed the ministry of water resources to drill two boreholes and carry out a complete water channel network within the polytechnic, which is coming after prior interventions he approved for the Polytechnic in 2019, to reduce problems of water supply.