NASU Urges FG, States to Fund And Support Polytechnic Education


Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and
Associated Institutions , NASU Urges federal and
state governments to fund polytechnic education
in the country.
The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational
and Associated Institutions (NASU) on Tuesday
decried the low level of funding of polytechnic
education in the country.
Mr Simon Go’ar, Chairman/Deputy President,
NASU, Polytechnics & Others Trade Group
Council, said this in an interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Go’ar said that over the years, the polytechnics
had been neglected by the federal and state
He said that there was no way the country could
achieve technological breakthrough with the
present low level of funding of polytechnic
Go’ar, therefore, urged government at both levels
to systematically increase their annual budgets
for the polytechnics sub-sector.
“If our desire to attain technological
advancement is to be achieved, government
must increase the budgetary allocation to the
polytechnic sector,’’ he said.
Go’ar said the staggering poverty level among
the citizenry which was caused by high level of
unemployment in the country was worrisome.
He said that despite the abundant natural
resources Nigeria was endowed with, its citizens
still wallow in abject poverty and squalor.
“In spite the country’s fortunes arising from the
excess crude oil sales in the recent past, nothing
tangible was done by previous administrations to
alleviate the poverty of the citizens through job
“We are delighted that the present administration
of President Muhammadu Buhari has matched
his words with action by making provision for the
creation of about 500,000 jobs in the economy in
the 2016 budget.
“We express hope that if the budget is
implemented to the letter, this will go a long way
in reducing the current high rate of
unemployment in the country.
“It will also in extension, reduce to the barest
minimum the socio-economic problems that are
associated with poverty and unemployment,’’ he
said. (NAN)

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