Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has approved the release of N100m to assist in the take-off of Federal Polytechnic, Monguno, which was recently created by the Federal Government.
Zulum made the announcement recently when he received the rector of the polytechnic, Professor Garba Mohammed, at the Government House, Maiduguri.
Zulum explained that of the N100m, he has already released N50m to Borno Ministry of Higher Education for rehabilitation works at a proposed temporary site of the polytechnic.
The second half provided by the state government is to assist the management of the polytechnic to take off effectively pending the release of their funds for operations.
The Governor said that his administration was committed to complementing the efforts of the federal government in ensuring that all necessary requirements were met for the Polytechnic to function.
Earlier, the rector, Prof. Mohammed, revealed that the Federal Polytechnic Monguno plans to start enrollment of students by October 2021.
He equally reiterated the commitment of the polytechnic’s management towards the success of the tertiary institution for the development of Borno State.
The rector was accompanied by the Register of the Polytechnic, Adamu Alhaji Usman, the Bursar, Mohammed Ali Abadam and the Librarian, Bukar Ali Wasaram.
The metrowatchonline.com recalls that Governor Zulum had, in January 2021, led a delegation of National Assembly members to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, in Abuja to convey the state’s gratitude soon after President Buhari gave approval for Borno to have a Federal Polytechnic as it is in most of the 36 states which have federal universities, polytechnics and colleges.
Borno State had since its creation in 1976, been without a Federal Polytechnic and a College of Education when even states created in later years, have both institutions.
Since 2019, Zulum had deployed intense lobbying and networking with Federal Education stakeholders towards ensuring that Borno gets back a federal Polytechnic and College of Education to add to the University of Maiduguri managed by the Federal government.