Have Mercy on us FG – NBTE Cries Out

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has accused the Federal Government of bias in its disbursement of funds to universities and polytechnics under its Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
It lamented that while TETFUND made available N100 million for the Skill Development Centres in 2013 for universities, while it neglected polytechnics that had long established the centres without intervention.
The Executive Secretary of NBTE, Dr. Adamu Kazaure, made the allegation during the meeting with rectors of Nigerian polytechnics who visited the Federal Polytechnic , Ado-Ekiti on a study tour of the feat recorded under the institution’s entrepreneurship  programme.
Kazaure who was represented at the event by Deputy Director of Entrepreneurial Programme, Abdul –Isa Kofarmata lamented that polytechnics did not benefit from the money earmarked for skill development centres in 2013. He said, “Last year, TETFUND earmarked N100m for the establishment of development centres in universities. Unfortunately, polytechnics that are skilled-based and have established these centres did not get a kobo from the government.
“I am calling on the Federal Government and TETFUND to look at technical and vocational institutions and to realise that for us to get our people out of poverty, it is only through these skill-based programmes that are on offer in polytechnics.”

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