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20 April 2016

COHEADS appoints Mas ud Elelu chair, craves industrial harmony in poly sector Council of Heads of Polytehnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria (COHEADS) has elected the Rector, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin its chairman for the next four years, and pleaded with government to properly fund polytechnic education and encourage industrial harmony in the sector. Other officers elected are: Dr. Matthew Akpata, the Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Vice-Chairman, and Mr. Dauda Gyemang, Rector, Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi, Treasurer. Rising from their 133rd regular meeting held in Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) between April 12 and 15, 2016, the COHEAD appealed that the federal government extends its Hi-Impact funding programme to all polytechnics to ensure even development of vocational and technical education in the country. The Council in a communique signed by the new chairman appealed to the government to support the implementation of CONTISS 15 migration and other previously agreed academic allowances in the nations polytechnics with adequate funding required for the implementation to maintain peaceful industrial harmony on our campuses. The COHEADS commended state governments that have successfully implemented CONTISS 15 in their polytechnics and colleges of technology with full cash backing. We appeal to all staff unions in the nations polytechnics to exercise patience and allow peace to reign on our campuses, while efforts at resolving discordant issues are receiving attention, in the interest of polytechnic education in Nigeria the communique stated. The COHEADS lent support to the federal governments anti-corruption campaign and urged all anti-corruption agencies to ensure diligence while addressing issues relating to corruption allegations. The council in same vein condemned in its entirety alleged cases of sexual harassment in the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi or any other polytechnic and urged appropriate authorities to investigate same with a view to identifying the culprits and bringing them to book as deterrents to staff and students in the polytechnic sector. Director of Public relations, charles Oni.

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