Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi

The Rector of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP), Bauchi State, Dr. Suleman Muhammad Lame has disclosed that over 95 per cent of all the courses being run by the polytechnic are duly accredited, just as he said the institution could be considered a mini university in view of the various programmes it runs.

Lame, who disclosed this while briefing journalists on the activities of the institution, restated the polytechnic’s commitment to providing quality education for its students. He added that three national supervisory agencies who visited the institution on many occasions, have expressed satisfaction with the level of development in the institution.

According to him, ATAP is the only polytechnic in the northern part of the country whose 19 NCE courses were duly accredited, while HND courses on Geo-Technology, Statistics, Mass Communication and Architecture will commence before the end of this month.

While commending the present administration in the state for its support, Lame disclosed that over 100 qualified relevant staff were transferred from their various ministries and agencies by the state government to the polytechnic in order to promote and enhance its services.

On some of the newly completed projects at the institution, he said the most awaited Tourism Village which has a model guest house and standard restaurant has been completed for the commencement of Leisure and Tourism course in the institution; a new digital campus radio has also been completed with state-of-the-art equipment.

On staff development, Lame disclosed that over 50 staff who had master’s degree have acquired their PhD, while more staff have been encouraged to further their education.

The rector, who stated that over 25,000 textbooks of various fields were purchased, said the polytechnic’s library has been equipped with latest textbooks as part of requirements by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and other supervisory agencies.

He recalled that the polytechnic established in 1988, had dilapidated structures with only courses accredited, stressing that immediately after he took over, Governor Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar showed concern for the development of the institution with the renovation of all students’ hostel and classrooms, as well as the provision of furniture for staff and students.

He therefore called on students to reciprocate the gesture by being dedicated and committed in their studies.

Lame, who also disclosed that 150 casual workers were recruited by the polytechnic from host communities, said the state government mandated the institution to recruit casual so as to give them a sense of belonging and empower them to be self-reliant.

“We recruited casual workers from the host communities such as Wunti-dada, Tambari and Miri to maintain a cordial relationship between us. The casual workers are being paid from the internally generated revenue of the institution.

“Apart from casual staff, the polytechnic has staff strength of over 400 academic staff and 300 non-academic staff with a total of 13,000 students.”