A House of Representatives member, representing Wudil/Garko Federal constituency in Kano State, Engineer Muh’d Ali on Wednesday defended his demand for the citing of Federal Polytechnic in Garko, Kano State, at the first public hearing in respect of a Bill proposed for its establishment.
Addressing newsmen after the public hearing, he explained that what prompted him to sponsor the Bill is that, “Garko is at a disadvantage in terms of location of tertiary institutions in Kano State”.
He further said that, “As at now, Kano State doesn’t have any Federal Polytechnic, while the State is arguably the most populous State in this country but with no Federal Polytechnic.
According to him, “Although, we have Technical Colleges, we have Senior Science Secondary Schools as well as Girls Science Colleges, but with no Polytechnic.
He pointed out that such Science Colleges could serve as a feeder for the Polytechnic.
He also lamented what he said was the huge number of unemployed youths in the area and advised that “citing such an important institution like a Polytechnic would provide an avenue for the youths in Garko to not only secure admission but also secure employment for the teeming youths in Garko, as such would drastically reduce the unemployment in the area”.
When asked how soon he wished to see the actualisation of its demand, said, “Now that there’s a public hearing, the next stage is that a committee is expected to be set up and to sia down and deliberate on this; thereafter make its recommendations to the House and we are hopeful that it would approve the Bill as soon as possible, which shall pave way for its subsequent concurrence and approval by the Senate”.
He said he had earlier discussed the issue with the Senate President and other distinguished members of the Red Chamber who, according to him, have agreed-in-principle to address their demand.