Bida Poly To Get Additional Degree Programmes

In an effort to strethen the academic programmes of the Federal Polytechnic Bida, the number of degree courses being run by the institution in affiliation with the Federal University of Technology Minna will soon rise.

This was made known when the Polytechnics Rector, Doctor Abubakar Dzukogi requested for additional programmes during a courtesy call on the University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdullahi Bala.

The Vice Chancellor expressed confidence in the level of progress made by the polytechnic regarding the affiliation arrangement and promises to consider the request as soon as the requirements were met by the polytechnic.

"I have been getting reports from the Affiliation Office and we are  happy. The affiliation thing is particularly gladdening to us because we just feel that, as a university within this locality, we must impact on other institutions within the locality.

" We shall be happy to really look at the new programmes". Bala said. The Vice Chancellor congratulated the Rector on his reappointed, describing it as a well deserved one. Bala who lauded the level of progress made by the Rector during his first tenure in office expressed regret over the opposition faced by the Rector during his reappointed bid, saying "result oriented leaders always have strong opposition."

"If you want to get results, you would always have people that would be opposing you. So we are happy that you are there because you are transforming the polytechnic," he added.

The VC further pledged to support the polytechnic in it's areas of needs, saying "if there is any support on our part that you need, please don't hesitate to call on us."

He called on the polytechnic  management to encourage its staff to embark on further studies to improve the human resource base of the institution which will pave way for further partnership between both institutions. Speaking earlier while tendering his request, Rector of the Polytechnic said during the first phase on the affiliation, three programmes were denied the polytechnic as a result of some regulatory bottleneck which has already been taken care of.

He said the programmes did not take off as they due for reaccreditation by National Board for Technical Education (NBTE). NBTE Commends Federal Polytechnic Bida over smooth accreditation exercise

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has commended the management of the Federal Polytechnic Bida for provision of requisite resource which facilitated the recent reaccreditation exercise in the Polytechnic.

The accreditation team lead by chief Ogbonna Fidelis gave the commendation during and exit meeting which held in the Polytechnics sport conference hall.

Fidelis also lauded the management and staff of the Polytechnic for their commitment in creating and enabling teaching  and learning environment.

The team took an inspection tour to all departments due for reaccreditation and expressed satisfaction over the level of compliance with NBTE guidelines.

Programmes reaccredited including public Administration, Chemical Engineering, Marketing,  Biological Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Agricultural and Bio - Environmental Engineering and Chemical Science.

The team particularly express delight with the state of art facilities in Mass Communication Department, while urging staff of the department on greater commitment.

"We have come and seen for ourselves and we must tell you that the facilities are genuine. We want to state it very clearly that those staff that are handling these facilities should exhibit great commitment and professionalism in discharging their duties, " Said Mallam Garba Hamisu, the team leader for Mass Communication Department.

Hamisu also said that "in similar exercise which we have carried out in other institutions, we sometimes face some problems, especially in term of meeting the required standard of the facilities, but in this place, there is hardly any serious hitches. This is highly commendable.

He however expressed the need for staff of the department to embark on further studies and  conferences.

The accreditation team also carried out a resource inspection of new programmes the Polytechnic plans to commence in the next academic session.

They include ND mechanic Engineering, ND Renewable Energy, ND Horticulture, ND Computer Engineering, and Tourism Management, ND Welding and Fabrication and HND Nutrition and Diabetes.

Responding, Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi expressed gratitude to the NBTE team for its diligence while promising that the management would respond appropriately to all its observations.

He also said that his administration would continue to prioritize staff welfare and development.

" Our staff training programme is robust and ever since I came, note than 150 members of staff have been sent for training at home and abroad," Dzukogi added.

The leadership of the Staff Retirement Contribution Scheme in the Federal Polytechnic Bida has also commended the institutions Rector, Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi for his invaluable support for the newly established Cooperative Society.

The immediate past Deputy Rector of the Polytechnic, Mr. Augustine Oghemejovwe, who doubles as the Chairman of Staff Retirement Contribution Scheme give the commendation during the 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGN) of the scheme held at the Polytechnics Sports Conference Hall run recently.

Oghenjivwe stated that the Rector had lived up to expectation in ensurijgnthat the needs of the scheme were given priority at all times.

The former Deputy Rector who acknowledged growth of the new Cooperative Society due to an increase in membership and contributions, also said that "the scheme which started in 2017 with 28 registered staff and contribution of two hundred and twenty thousand naira, now has 158 staff with their contribution amounting to nineteen million, two hundred and ninety - three thousand naira (N19,/293,000).

In the period under review, we lost two of our member to the cold hands of death namely Mallam Abubakar Nma Mahmudu of Audit Unit and MR. Tolufase Afolabi. One of our members, Adewole Michael of Chemical Science  Department  retired from Service."

Oghemejovwe lauded the Polytechnics Management and members of staff for their various contributions toward the smooth running and development of SRECONS within a short time.

Interview With The Registrar Federal Polytechnic Bida

What new developments can you talk about in this academic session?

Let me first of all welcome all Nigeria students back on campus. My welcoming remarks go to both newly admitted candidates and the returning  students. We thank God for sparing our lives to witness this 2019/2020 academic session. The 2019/2020 academic session started in November and actually, we expect that the session will run it's course and end hopefully towards October or November this year. The newly admitted students are just arriving and returning students are going about their registration exercise by paying school fees, from where they shall proceed to the school library where they are expected to register as well as at the medical centre. These two departments are very crucial for students to stay here. For the library, where all books and research documents are kept, we expect students to make use of the place, which is not possible without registration. We need to also have their records at the medical centre so as to know if they are mentally and physically fit to stay in the Polytechnic for this period.

The main orientation comes up after that and the orientation is expected to last for 2 days and registration and matriculation ceremony come up and that usually ends the registration exercise.... It is after that is done that the newly admitted students will consider themselves as students of the institution. The new session has started on a very good note and by God's grace, will run its full course successful.

What new innovations do you have in this school?

The academic board has introduced a new grading system which is unlike, if your Grade Point Average (GPA) is less than 1.00 and not below 0.5, you will still be allowed to be in school for the first semester. This new assessment guideline has been put in place and we are going to continually test run this guideline with results that keep coming to the Academic Board for consideration. Mind you that the academic standard would not be lowered in any way. This is because of our consideration of its strengths because we have found that there are now new students who come in and could not settle down before tests and exams get started. Some people need time to catch up academically not because they are weak, but with this frustration have gone down.

What can you say about the hike in school fees?

There is no hike in school fees, I'm fact this has become an issue that our Management has re visited severally but because we have a listening ear and given the fact that the issue at hand requires to be handled with care, it was clearly stated in last years admission letter that thee fees HND1 and ND1 students pay is the same thing they will pay while in HND2 and ND2 and it was accepted. This negotiation was done when the former Student's Union Government (SUG) agreed to it. Regardless of that and because we are a listening Management, we still had to review it downward.

What is your relationship with Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)?

JAMB, by the act establishing it, is the approving authority of all admissions into National Diploma I (NDI) and the institution's academic Board is responsible for making recommendations to JAMB. The Registrar who is the admission officer of the institution ensures a smooth coordination between the Academic Board and JAMB. This has been carried out effectively and our relationship has been cordial as we have been doing what is expected of us.

Does JAMB give a specific number of students to be admitted?

Yes, there is a specified admission capacity which we have always abided with.

What are your challenges as the institution's Registrar?

For every person assuming the mantle of authority, you will always go there with your agenda, but we have to be very mindful of the fact that ones agenda, as a leader, does not go contrary to the mission and vision of the institution. The Rector, Dr Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi has 7 points agenda and the registrar who is also responsible for the institutions activities has to key his own agenda into that of the Rector so that there will not be over happing functions or conflict. The current Rector is a man that is full of initiatives and very goof in implementing these agenda. So, both the Registrar and Rector would steer the ship of the institution in a way that promote new Bida standard to make enough quality difference from what our predecessors have done. We also have various programmes in the Polytechnic, and they are readily available here and we have new projects, new staff office complex behind administration block, twin lecture theatre and so on. All these projects were done under the current Rector's administration. We thank God that all these are happening during his time.

What is your advice to staff and students?

The Rector had just gotten an approval for a second term in office and there is nothing a leader wants more than the cooperation and understanding of those he is serving. Die, we are soliciting for the Cooperation of both staff and students to give us the opportunity to serve better. We are their servants and there is no doubt that we will one day account for all we are doing with the position that God has given to us.

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