The House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, at the weekend commended the Rector, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) for prudent utilisation of funds and the many projects completed by the institution within a short period.
The Committee, led by its chairman, Comrade Aminu Sulaiman thanked the Rector, Dr. Margaret Kudirat Ladipo for the wonderful job you are doing, which he said, kept the 70-year old College improving day-by-day.
Sulaiman, commended the performance of the College Cadet Corps, which welcomed the visitors on arrival, saying the performance gave Yabatech the first of the institutions visited in about seven states.
The comrade chairman said the visit was required by law, as part of the Committees oversight function because it afforded the members the opportunity to assess the performances of funds allocated to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) under their purview, so that they could give commendations or knocks where necessary.
We cannot solely rely on reports and records sent to us by these MDAs, not that we do not trust them, but in fulfilment of the requirement of the law, we have to follow due process by ensuring that each MDA justifies the funds allocated to it. It also affords us the opportunity to assess areas of needs,he said.
Sulaiman commended the rapport between Yabatech Management and the labour unions, and pleaded that other institutions should emulate the College by promoting industrial harmony. The invitation extended to the unions is a sign of cordiality. In some other places, they would have assumed it was an invitation to chaos.
Ladipo sought the support of the Committee for the quick enactment of the Polytechnic Act to assist in the smooth running of the sector.
The paucity of funds for running the polytechnics has been a nightmare we all have to share. I am using this opportunity to appeal that the committee uses its good offices to help shore up funds allocation to the sector, and assist Yabatech in developing the Epe Campus to further expand the carrying capacity of the College.