President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Despite ASUU strike, Buhari approves the establishment of 3 new polytechnics

NEWS DIGEST – President Muhammadu Buhari has on Tuesday approved the establishment of three new polytechnics as an addition to the current number of polytechnics in the country.

The new institutions are expected to be situated in Abia, Kano, and Delta States.

In a statement by the Director of Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Bem Goong, he disclosed the President’s approval for the new polytechnics.

He said, “In line with his determination to make tertiary education more accessible, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), has approved the establishment of three new federal polytechnics in the country.

“The polytechnics are to be sited in Umunnoechi in Abia, Orogun in Delta, and Kabo in Kano State.”

The new polytechnics are to begin academic activities in October 2022.

Goong disclosed the establishment of the institutions would bring the number of federal polytechnics in the country to 36, with every state having one.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) has been on strike for the past two months with no glimpse of calling it off soon.

In a similar situation, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU) recently extend their ongoing strike by two weeks.

In a recent development, the Federal Government has said that it is not opposed to renegotiations of the conditions of service of all workers in the public universities across the country.

News Digest reported that Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige stated this on Monday while receiving members of the government side of the 2009 Federal Government/University-based unions agreement re-negotiation committee led by the Chairman, Prof. Nimi Briggs.