Education has broadly been defined as the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially in a school or university. Simply, it is the process of transmitting all forms of knowledge, formal, non-formal and others. That is why governments around the world are striving to adequately fund education at all levels. As is often said, education is the best legacy to bequeathed to the young people who are the future leaders of nations, including Nigeria and Sokoto State. To do otherwise would be catastrophic for society. It is therefore not surprising that the three levels of government have done what is necessary by financing education: basic, secondary and higher.
The happy story is no different in Sokoto State, especially from 2015 to date under the administration of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. Although education is on the competing list of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the administration in place has defied all prognoses and given it priority at all levels. Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic Sokoto is one of the higher education institutions receiving adequate funding from the current administration. The Polytechnic School was established by the Sokoto State Government under Law No. 2 of 2002. It should be recalled that the former Sokoto State established a Polytechnic School in Birnin-Kebbi and Talata Mafara , which were lost to the current states of Kebbi and Zamfara in 1991 and 1996, respectively.
Therefore, the government, in its determination to raise the level of education in the state, merged the former Haliru Binji College of Arts and Sciences and Sani Abacha Administration College and promoted them to the status of polytechnic school with Dr Abubakar Umar Dikko as pioneer rector. and the late Alh Abubakar Zaki Tambuwal as the institution’s first chairman of the board. The polytechnic took off in July 2001 with five colleges and then expanded into seven.
It was therefore renamed Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto in 2016. These colleges are: College of Science and Technology (CST), College of Engineering (COE), College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS), College of Arts and Humanities ( CAH)), College of General Studies (CGS), College of Environmental Studies (CES) and College of Agriculture (COA) studies with the aim of technological and economic advancement of the state, as well as providing entry requirements to university and other higher education institutions. Others are to offer courses of study at certificates, national and higher diploma, polytechnic diploma and other Arts, language, science, technology and other branches of learning with the ultimate goal of serving society and beyond. It is also to ensure, through teaching, research and other means, the advancement of knowledge and its practical application to the needs of society and beyond, among others. So the story was recorded on Saturday September 25, 2021 at the Polytechnic when she successfully led the 2nd graduation ceremony following the first held in 2014.
The landmark event once again highlighted the innovative achievements of the first institution. That day, all roads led to the polytechnic. Addressing the graduates, Polytechnic visitor Gov Tambuwal noted with joy that the institution is making the dream of its founding fathers come true. According to him, over the years she has trained professionals in various fields of science, technology, administration and even the arts. Tambuwal said: “Distinguished personalities, the name of this institution as Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic is the idea of this administration, not only as a fitting immortalization of our revered and great leader Alh Umaru Ali Shinkafi (Marafan Sokoto) but also a decision very convincing to have this citadel of learning in science and technology associated with him. newsletter presented by the rector. You are indeed on track to realize the spirit and letter of our government’s declaration of a state of emergency on education. baked to compete with their counterparts, at the national and international scale.
To ensure an atmosphere conducive to teaching, learning and research, a brand new auditorium is being built at this polytechnic following the fire that destroyed the old facility. In addition, the CONPCASS and CONTEDISS salary structures have been implemented for academic and non-academic staff of state higher institutions. “Let me express my gratitude to TETFUND for its tremendous work in providing infrastructure to educational institutions across the country, including Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic. I must congratulate the chairman of the board, management, staff and students of this school for having conducted such smooth academic activities over the years. As a government concerned with reviving education at all levels, we will spare no effort to position this great institution on a high pedestal. In conclusion, I congratulate the Polytechnic for this important step.
For the graduates, I urge you to make us proud by being good ambassadors of your school and the state of Sokoto. You have to use your acquired knowledge and skills to move yourself, your state and your nation forward, ”the governor said. The president of the council and former vice-governor of the state, Barr Mukhtari Shagari, is delighted that the institution has received enormous support from the current administration. “So now is the time, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, that I find it appropriate to express our sincere appreciation and to place our hopes and expectations for even more support and assistance.” I have kept a close link with the leadership of this institution and am happy to report that we have been able to perform satisfactorily. Allow me to accuse the management, staff and students of the polytechnic that with all the learning facilities available to us, we will reciprocate the efforts of the state government in striving for more success.
“Finally, I want to congratulate you all, graduate students, and wish you success in your career. I wish my distinguished guests and everyone present a peaceful and successful celebration and a safe return to your respective destinations after the ceremony. -articulated and is being achieved as the education sector, despite the onset of the economic recession and the COVID-19 pandemic, has grown more and more in all of its ramifications. “So there is no doubt that Ummaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic is one of the leading polytechnics in the country and we attribute this success to the support and cooperation the institution receives from the state government.
We must appreciate the fact that the government has many other commitments to fulfill, thus, we commend the state governor for the attention and contribution so far in the development of the sector. “However, I would like to call for more generous attention to the state’s higher education institutions. Polytechnic Rector Prof. Aminu Alhaji Ibrahim said, “Today remains a wonderful day. It is a day that marks a new breakthrough in the history of educational development in Sokoto State in particular and Nigeria in general. It is a day when great men and women of vision and mission come to observe and celebrate with us in the celebration of scholarship. So words cannot sufficiently express my joy and pride in being the one who had this rare opportunity to fix this moment – to make the occasion. special day and occasion when we rejoice in our successes and achievements as an academic institution. I am delighted with the increase in the number of our graduates from year to year, which corresponds to the ever increasing number of our programs. This in itself is a testament to our making the dream of our founding fathers come true. During this graduation ceremony, the polytechnic awards diplomas and certificates to a total of 18,428 graduates, i.e. all the academic sessions 2013/2014 to 2018/2019.
“The Rector also reiterated the commitment and determination of management to uphold the tradition of the Polytechnic: the tradition of producing quality graduates who can compete favorably with their counterparts around the world.
This tradition is in line with the vision of the polytechnic which is to be a polytechnic of high academic excellence with the ultimate goal of providing a relevant and skilled workforce necessary for the economic and technological growth and development of nation through education, research, linkages and public service. “It was truly heartwarming that Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic continued to weather the storm and set the tone in terms of service delivery. quality higher education to thousands of aspiring young people from the State and elsewhere All these tangible achievements would not have been possible without the sustained moral and financial support required for the Institution from the administration led by Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
Mustapha, a journalist, writes from Sokoto.