A total of 12, 200 students who successfully completed various programmes of the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia would tomorrow receive original certificates at the first combine convocation ceremony since the establishment of the institution in 2001.
Acting Rector of the Polytechnic, Associate Professor Silas Gyar, made this known while briefing newsmen on the activities lined-up for the ceremony scheduled to hold at the institution’s Engineering Complex ground in Lafia.
Gyar, who lamented that the inability of the institution to hold convocation over the years had posed a great challenge to many graduates of the Polytechnic, Pointed out that most of them have either been denied admission in their quest to further their education, or denied promotion in their places of work for inability to present their original certificates.
The Acting Rector who commended staff, students and management for their maximum cooperation towards improving the level of academic standard in the institution, revealed that the accumulated arrears resulting from promotions and other remunerations has already been cleared.
He pointed out that henceforth, sponsorship to conferences and seminars would be done without discrimination between academic and Non-academic staff, just as he expressed delight that the institution has recorded unprecedented growth since assumption of office of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura.
According to him, despite the fact that some courses were yet to be accredited by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, the Polytechnic has the capacity to run degree programmes in some courses due to sufficient manpower.
Reacting on allegations that some lecturers in the school were extorting money from students in exchange for writing final year projects, the Acting Rector averred that the attention of the institution’s management has not been drawn to the matter, but that decisive action would be taken against any staff involved in such unholy act when caught.