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Gov’t suspends Ramat Polytechnic mag’t

Gov. Babagana Zulum inspecting an equipment at Ramat Polytechnic’s workshop. Photo: Dauda Iliya

Management of Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri has been suspended for a period of 6 months following an unscheduled visit by the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum on Tuesday morning.

The decision followed the governor’s disappointment over the current state of infrastructure in the state-owned institution. Most of the laboratories were out of use, covered by cobwebs and having rodents littering due to neglect.  

On assessing all infrastructure and learning conditions of the polytechnic, the governor directed the Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Babagana Mallumbe to take over the affairs of the institution.  

“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”, Prof. Zulum who was a former rector at the polytechnic lamented.

“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”, the governor further noted.  

Gov. Zulum also directed the state Ministry of Water Resources to drill 2 deep aquifers boreholes and carry out a complete water channel network within the polytechnic.

Prof. Zulum was a student of the Polytechnic from 1986 to 1988 where he bagged a National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering before returning to the Polytechnic as a rector from 2011 to 2015.

Reporting Dauda Iliya, editing Muzha Kucha