- President Buhari has been urged to come to the aid of private polytechnics
- According to Bassy James, the COVID-19 pandemic has also affected them
- Going further, the association argued that it deserved grants from the government, given its investment in the educational sector
Private polytechnic owners and rectors have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to support the association with grants to enable the growth of education in Nigeria.
The call was made by the national president, of the association of private polytechnic founders and rectors in Nigeria, Pastor Bassey James in a statement sent to Legit.ng
Specifically, he appealed to the president to order the Central Bank of Nigeria, Bank of Industry, Nirsal and other financial institutions in the country to support the association.
James who is also the founder of southern Atlantic polytechnic, Uyo, said it has become necessary for the federal government through the CBN to include the association especially now that the COVID-19 epidemic has disrupted many things.
"We are aware that CBN has funded several organizations, the federal government has also been helping Nigerians from other sectors to rejuvenate their business.
"We have contributed enormously to the development of education sector in Nigeria, we employed thousands of Nigerians, we have build a bridge and help in sustainable qualitative education in Nigeria.
"Private polytechnics have helped both the federal, state and local government to create a synergy in Nigeria and therefore should be encouraged., after all, the investment by private polytechnics runs into billions across the country, facilities and infrastructures are acquired, lands and other things secured, in fact, private polytechnics should be one of the first group to get support because of its contribution to national economy.
Meanwhile, Bassy James says he appreciated the efforts of Dr Tekura, founder Ashi Polytechnic, Dr Ovai Reuben, Stars Polytechnic, Segun Adams, founder City Polytechnic and Hon Ali Gambo as members of the team.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported James explained why he established the Association of Private Polytechnic Founders and Rectors(APFRN) in Nigeria.
James, who is the president of the Association said he mobilized some founders and rectors of private polytechnics to form the APFRN to foster and protect the academic interest of polytechnic education, particularly private polytechnics
He urged governments at all levels to support the association to enable it achieve its lofty goals and agenda for technical, vocational and entrepreneurship education in the country.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.