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[Plateau]–Governor Simon Lalong who was represented by the Director of Research and Documentation, Government House, Prof John Wade, has announced the approval of N200 million for the accreditation of courses in the State Polytechnic.

The announcement was made at the opening of the Academic Staff of Polytechnic Union (ASUP) 87th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Jos.

Lalong said, the approval of the funds was in line with his administration’s commitment to giving tertiary education in state its pride.

“We are so passionate about taking the education sector in the state to the desired and enviable height in the country.

“This is why we have approved the release of N200 million to the Polytechnic for the accreditation and re-accreditation of courses at the National and Higher National Diploma levels.

“Let me assure you that in our systematic mode of resource allocation, we will ensure release of the approved funds to enable the completion of the accreditation exercise within the second quarter of 2017,” he said

He commended ASUP for the role played in shaping the education sector in the country and urged them to ensure the tempo was sustained.

The Governor also urged delegates to use the NEC meeting to make meaningful deliberations that would further chart way forward for the education sector in the country.

In reaction, the National President of the union, Comrade Usman Dutse, further urged the Plateau State Government to lift the ban on employment in the state, as that would address the manpower deficit being experienced in the Polytechnic.

“Information available to us shows that since 2006 no single academic staff was employed in this Polytechnic, and this is not healthy for an institution of this magnitude,” he added.

He however thanked the government for clearing backlog of salary arrears of its members in the state and further charged the government to put efforts to settle the five months outstanding salaries being owed.

Dutse commended the Plateau Government for the peace so far achieved in the state.

“We are happy peace has returned to the state; if it were in the past few years, we wouldn’t have been holding this meeting here,” he said.

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