The Rector of Federal Polytechnic Bida, Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi, at the weekend laid foundation for three projects at the sum of about N600 million under 2019/2018/ 2027 academic sessions’ TETFund projects, this he said, was in a bid to ensure the provision of befitting structures for better teaching and learning in the institution.
Dr. Dzukogi, during the foundation laying ceremony on the campus of the institution in Bida , last Friday stated that the total cost of the three projects is about N600 millions, adding that projects were expected to be completed within the next Six months with it’s specifications, pointing out that the projects will surely be part of his legacies in the Polytechnic .
- According to him, the projects as awarded include: a One storey building of a lecture theater comprising eight (8) lecture halls with 200 seating capacity for each hall and to be constructed at the rate of N133 million each, which will be completed within 24 weeks duration.
He also explained that among the ongoing projects to be constructed by his administration is construction of the Central Multi Purpose Laboratory, which he described as first of it’s kind in the Polytechnic.
He stressed that the idea came from the current ASUP”s National Vice President, whom he said was from the institution, during his( Dr. Dzukogi’s) first tenure, saying, “the project is to cost N172 million to construct and to be furnished with N38 million, while it will be completed within 24 weeks duration.
The Rector, also disclosed that a Computer Based Test ( CBT) Centre was to be constructed within the next 6 months with 500 seating capacity at the sum of N201 million and will be furnished with N49 million making the total sum of the three projects to be N583 million”.
He thereby expressed satisfaction with the approval of TETFund Special Intervention for other projects which may include the construction of students Hostel accommodation after retiring many others in the last five years of his administration, in the Polytechnic, just as he commended the Federal Government for some of the valuable projects in the institution.
Dr. Dzukogi, in a brief interactive session with the newsmen, on the sidelines of the Foundation laying ceremony, disclosed that at the moment, only about 40 percent of the students population live on the campus of the institution, while the remaining 60 percent others, were living off campus, a situation , he described, “as not good enough for the Polytechnic.
This, he said, “the inadequate hostel accommodation for the entire students population has impacted negatively on the security of lives and property of the students, especially those students who are living off campus of the Polytechnic”
Speaking further, he said, ” in an attempt to proffer lasting solution to the problems of inadequate hostel accommodation on the campus, that the Management of the institution had approached property developers to come to invest in the provision of hostel accommodation based on Build, Occupy and Transfer arrangement ( BOT) and in addition with subsequent TETFund intervention”.
He however warned the contractors handling the ongoing projects to be up and doing by ensuring completion of the projects to specifications within the time frame, stressing that the institution’s monitoring team and external supervisors will ensure delivery of the ongoing projects under construction, as this will make it possible for more projects to be attracted to the institution.
The Rector, assured that he will try to offer his best services to the Polytechnic, despite the turbulent period of the past five years of his administration, saying “i have remained undaunted and undistracted while i once again call on every critical stakeholders to embrace peace in this institution, if meaningful development must be achieved”
Dzukogi said , despite the crisis bedevilling the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, the the institution has moved from it’s former 12th to position 5th in the rankings of the entire 25 Federal Polytechnics Nigeria by the National Board of Technical Education( NBTE) as well as ensuring the institution’s sustainable standard.
He reiterated the resolve of his administration to ensure that the The Federal Polytechnic, Bida becomes the number One Polytechnic in Nigeria, before the expiration of his second term in office around May, 2023, by the the grace of God.
Accordingly, Dzukogi said, “the institution is greater than any individual(s) hence the need for everyone in the Polytechnic to embrace peace and ensure peaceful co-existence with one another, so as to move the institution to a greater heights.”