The federal government of Nigeria has announced that plans were underway to restructure polytechnics in the country.
This, according to FG would enable the institutions focus on research and development of indigenous technology.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made the disclosure on Wednesday at the 17th convocation ceremony of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, in Ogun State.
Represented by Samuel Ojo, the Director of Tertiary Education in the Ministry, the minister harped on the need for the institutions to invest in commercially viable inventions.
He said, “the government would no longer tolerate the situation where technology – based institutions shifted their focus to courses in liberal arts.
“There are plans to restructure polytechnics in the country to them focus more on research and development of indigenous technology.”
Earlier in his welcome address, the Rector of the polytechnic, Olusegun Aluko, disclosed that the institution at the 17th convocation produced 2,525 graduates.
He gave the details as 1,650 National Diploma graduates and 875 Higher National Diploma graduates.
“In this number we have 154 graduands with distinction, 747 with upper credit, 1,280 graduands with lower credit and 344 with pass,” Mr. Aluko stated.