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Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology Registrars have been called upon to be more innovative and engender a mutual working relationship with their chief executives.

This call was made by the Rector, Yaba College of Technology Dr. (Mrs.) Margaret kudirat Ladipo at the 58th Regular meeting of the Conference of Registrars of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria (COREG) held at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos.

In her keynote address, she charged Polytechnic Registrars to be innovative especially when it comes to entrenching global best practices for the good of polytechnic system.

“Therefore I urge you as adviser to the chief executives of your institution to continue to be more innovative especially when it comes to entrenching global best practices for the good of the polytechnic system; Your chief executives needs your support to help them achieve their mandate, they need loyalty and most time they need to count on you” She stated.

She implored the registrars to also have harmonious relationship with the academic staff in order to achieve the vision of Polytechnic education adding that, without a smooth and efficient registry there is no way the polytechnic system can achieve much.

Having realized the importance of registry in the education management, Ladipo said the college will continue to empower the registry unit through the provision of necessary infrastructural facilities, manpower development and computerization of records.

The Chairman COREG, Malam Labaran Ibrahim in his address, said that COREG is not a labour organization or a trade union in the polytechnic system; rather it is an association of Registrars formed in 1978 to serve as the platform for them to interact among themselves.

He also stated that COREG was formed in order to promote and facilitate cooperation among members and their Rectors in particular.

According to him “COREG recognize itself as one of the stakeholders in the tertiary education sector in the country and therefore strive to contribute its own quota towards the steady growth and development of the sector.”

He said further that COREG’S meeting is being rotated among members institution to pave way for the opportunity to experience the cultural heritage of the state in which the meeting is being held

The host Registrar, Biekoroma C. Amapakabo, in her welcome address said Yaba College of Technology as the first and foremost tertiary institution has proved her worth by making “Excellence” her watchword.

She enjoined her fellow registrars to always seek for exposure on issues of institutional administration outside their routine use of extant regulation stating that the quality of a Registrar has very serious implication on how the polytechnic fairs.

Amapkabo charged them to be well equipped for the discharge of their duty adding that “Capacity development is the key to successful registrarship”.

Arising from the meeting, COREG unanimously resolved as followings:

Condemns in its entirety the prevailing insecurity of lives and property of innocent citizens in some parts of the country. COREG notes the various efforts of government on the issue and urges it to take more steps to bring the situation under control.

Condoles with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the ill-fated DANA plane crash and calls on the government to ensure thorough investigation of the incident, while all airline operators should be made to comply with international Aviation Safety Rules and Regulations.

Commends the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the tremendous successes recorded in the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) since its introduction and urges the Board to embark on aggressive enlightenment of candidates on the choice of institutions and the intending JAMB e-examination.

Appreciates the proactive role of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in the development of infrastructure and human capital in the nation’s tertiary institutions and reiterates its call on TETFUND to extend its long term sponsorship of academic training to Non-Teaching Staff of Tertiary Institutions.

Commends the Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF) for the giant strides made in capacity building in science and technology in the tertiary institutions and calls on the agency to sustain and consolidate the achievements for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Urges National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to expedite action on the review of the staff manual of the Federal Polytechnics.

 Examines the enormous responsibilities of the Registrar, Bursar, and Polytechnic Liberian as Principal Officers in the tertiary institutions and considers their current remuneration inadequate and urges government to address the situation by placing them on enhanced consolidated salary scale.

Observes the agony pensioners are subjected to, in the country and commends government for instituting a probe panel into the management of pension funds. It therefore urges government to ensure that those involved in the scam are appropriately sanctioned.

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