The management of the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic (IMAP), Lafia, said it has received more than 5,000 applications for the available 100 academic and nonacademic staff job vacancies approved by the state government.
Dr Justina Kotso, Rector of the Polytechnic, made this known when she led the management team to appear before the state House of Assembly Committee on Education on Tuesday in Lafia.
She disclosed that 400 first class degree holders applied for the job vacancies, and commended the committee for the support the institution is enjoying, urging its sustenance.
“We have received over 5,000 applications from applicants for the 100 vacancies approved by the government.
“We have screened and have gotten 767 qualified applicants, out of which 400 are first class degree holders,” she said.
Kotso said that the management had installed solar power in the school’s library and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre, adding that work on the perimeter fencing had reached advanced stage to enhance security in the institution.
“We have also strengthen our registration portal to block leakages and wastages,” she added.
The rector called on the students not to allow themselves to be used to perpetrate violence crisis in the institution but continue to be law abiding.
She, however, identified funding as a major challenge facing the institution.
“Governor Abdullahi Sule is doing his best in taking the institution to the next level of development.
“As Oliver Twist, we are appealing for more funding, as we are prepared to continue to bring new innovations for the overall development of the institution,” she added.
Responding, Mr Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the Committee commended management of the Polytechnic for being up and doing in ensuring development of the institution.
Ogazi (APC- Kokona East), called on the state government to give more attention to development of the institution.
The chairman said that the committee would continue to collaborate with government to take the institution to the next level of development.
Absorb casual staff into permanent positions
Meanwhile, Ogazi, told the management of the polytechnic to absorb casual academic and non-academic staff into the system.
Ogazi said it was necessary to absorb causal workers that had been working in the institution for a long period before considering fresh applicants in its on-going recruitment.
He noted that absorbing the casual lecturers and other staff was in the interest of justice, fairness, peace and for the overall development of the polytechnic.
“We want to commend you for being up and doing in taking the institution to greater heights.
“On the issue of the on-going recruitment, we appeal to you to give priority to causal lecturers and other staff that have worked for a long time in the institution.
“Some of them have worked as casuals for five years, eight years, 10 and even 11 years.
“And now that the government has approved employment, I call on you to absorb casual lecturers and other staffs as permanent staff first before you consider fresh applicants.
“You have professionals and capable hands that are working for you before now, consider them first.
“I want to appeal to fresh applicants to be patient as the exercise will be in batches,’’ he added.
Ogazi also called on the state government to give more attention to the development of the institution.
“I call on the Executive to consider education as the bedrock of development and the strength of the state, especially higher and technical education,’’ he stressed.
He said that the committee would continue to collaborate with government to take the institution to the next level of development.