Plateau State Govt. Donates Lalong Legacy Project for Take-off of New Federal Poly
The Plateau State Government has donated Governor Simon Lalong’s Legacy Project which was designed for a Model Secondary School at N’yak in Shendam Local Government Area for the immediate take-off of the newly approved Federal Polytechnic in the State.
While handing over the property to the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Technical Team that visited the State to assess the site for the new Polytechnic, the Plateau State Governor, Dr. Simon Bako Lalong said that the donation was a gesture of the state’s appreciation and commitment in fast- tracking a seamless take-off of the new institution.
“I write, on behalf of Plateau State Government and the good people of the state to convey donation of the Model Secondary School, N’yak to the Federal Government. The donation of this property is unconditional. The Model School is one of the State-of-The-Art of my administration’s Legacy Projects”. The Governor stated.
The model school which was donated to the new Federal Polytechnic comprised of an Administrative Block, four blocks of eight Classrooms each, one block of six Laboratories, a Cafeteria Building, a Multipurpose Hall, Six Blocks of 32 Rooms Male and Female Hostels, Essential Staff Quarters, a Clinic, One Incinerator, six Toilets each for Male and Female, Road Networks, and Provisions for Water, Electricity and Internet Services among others.
The Governor who also announced the donation of a skills acquisition centre by the Shendam Local Government Council, gave the assurances that work on the project would be fully ready for use by the 2nd quarter of year 2021 including the Certificate of Occupancy of the property.
In addition, the government allocated land as permanent site for the development of the new Federal Polytechnic in N’yak, Shendam Local Government Area. The permanent site which is on a virgin, undeveloped, contiguous land area of over one hundred hectares is surrounded by natural resources including good soil/vegetation cover and water resources.
Showing the proposed site to the NBTE Technical Team, the representative of the Governor and Chief of Staff, Mr. Noel K who led the team on the visit said that there are access roads to adjourning local governments and states such as Taraba and Benue.
He said that the virgin land allocated will be accompanied with the topography map and photographs of the site and the Certificate of Occupancy.
The Technical Team later paid a courtesy visit to the Village Head of N’yak, Miskoom Bootnaan Bako and the Long Gamai of Shendam, Mutum Shalldas Donkwap, where the team leader and Director of NBTE Polytechnic Programmes Department, Mal. Musa Isgogo informed that the government approval of the Polytechnic for the area was a blessing for the people and urged the traditional rulers to mobilize their subjects to participate fully in the project.
The excited Long Gamai of Shendam while thanking President Buhari and Governor Lalong for the giant stride, said that approval of the Polytechnic which he described as the “last dinner” by the President was a dream comes true. The royal father stated that Shendam was the only division among the three divisions in Plateau State that had no tertiary institution. He pledged the support of his people while also commending the Governor for donating his administration’s legacy project for the takeoff of the institution.
Earlier, when the Governor received the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny S. T Ochono, Director Tertiary Education of the FME, Mrs. Ilyasu and The NBTE acting Executive Secretary, Engr ADK Muhammad, the Governor who appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for giving approval for the Polytechnic in the State gave the assurance that the State was ready to participate in the take-off and growth of the Polytechnic by providing the needed support.
In his response, the Permanent Secretary, Arc. Ochono stated that the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and his management team will ensure that the newly approved institutions including the Federal Polytechnic N’yak Shendam will take off smoothly.
The Plateau State Government team which was led by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Noel K. Donjur also included Kakmena Goteng Audu, Commissioner for Higher Education; Mr. Sa’ad Bello, Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy; Mr. Zulfa B. Rimven, Commissioner for Housing; Mr. Yakubu Datti, Commissioner for Lands and Survey; amongst others.