N389m Falls On LASPOTECH
Poor funding has been blamed for the dwindling standard of education in Nigeria and most institutions have continued to clamour for more funds.
In Lagos, however, one institution, Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, is accessing about 380 million Naira from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
According to the institution, the money is for project intervention in 2017.
The Rector, Mr Samuel Sogunro, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday that the total amount accessed by the polytechnic from TETFUND could not be precisely given, but categorically stated that the 380 million Naira was meant for project intervention.
Agriculture is one sector that the Nigerian government is looking at in its quest to diversify the economy and it may have informed the interest in Agriculture infrastructure in tertiary institution.
The fund will go into the construction of LASPOTECH’s School of Agriculture, administrative block and departmental blocks.
“We have also been accessing other areas of the intervention, which include conference, academic staff training and fabrication,” he said.
The institution is also improving its infrastructure in agriculture to take proper position in the government’s plan.
Mr Sogunro said that the polytechnic was able to secure an intervention from TETFUND for fabrication of equipment.
According to him, about 10 equipment in the institution’s School of Engineering were fabricated in 2017.
These include palm oil processing plant, sensor of automobile (tricycle), multipurpose juice extractor and multipurpose threshing and cleaning machine.
The polytechnic which commenced its programme with 257 students and five department in 1978, will on March 8 graduate 6,355 students.