By Huseyn Abubakar Mbar.
Bauchi – Dr Suleiman Lame, Rector of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi, said on Tuesday that the institution had secured the accreditation of 53 out the 55 courses being run by the institution.
Lame made the disclosure in Bauchi while briefing newsmen on some of the achievements recorded by the institution in the last three years of his administration.
He emphasised that the accredited courses represent 95 per cent of all the courses being run by the 27-year-old institution as against the five accredited courses he inherited from his predecessor before May 2015.
“Unfortunately, even the five courses that we have then, the accreditation of four expired in February 2011 leaving only one, which is computer science.
The rector said 23 of the accredited courses were for Higher National Diplomas, eight courses degree while the remaining were for others courses.
Lame said that the state government and TETFUND as well as the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the institution had improved the school’s infrastructure including laboratories, workshops, hostels and construction of new school of general studies, engineering, vocational and technical studies.
He said that TETFUND had also sponsored more than 70 lecturers to undergo various courses abroad.
He said that the school was currently having 50 lecturers with doctor of philosophy certificates while another 15 would soon complete theirs.
Lame said that the school with over 700 academic and non- academic staff and students population of over 13,500, is also running degree courses in technical and vocational education following its accreditation by the National University Commission (NUC).
He said that the institution would soon commence courses on Leisure and Tourism as it had constructed a modern restaurant and guest house which are pre-requisite for obtaining accreditation for the courses.
He said that the brain-drain syndrome which had earlier bedeviled the institution, had been eliminated following improvement in staff welfare package, facilities, retraining programmes and conditions of service.
The rector said that the school had recruited 150 casual staff from the host community and as well provided five boreholes and other social amenities for the host community.
He decried the menace of gully erosion that has devastated most parts of the institution, adding that it was beyond the scope of the school and even the state government to tackle as billions of naira would be needed to address the problem. (NAN)