a (BIDA POLY) will now host its convocation yearly, its Rector, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi, has said. Dr Dzukogi said it was abnormal for the polytechnic not to hold its convocation yearly, no matter the challenges.
He said: “When I assumed office as the rector, I was uncomfortable when I learnt that the last convocation was held in 2008. Consequently, I made a promise that the convocation will be a yearly event, even though we have challenges in terms of resources. But, as long as we graduate students every year, the convocation must hold.”
The rector said merging many graduating sets together in a single convocation would be cumbersome and unreasonable. He assured that certificates would be ready for collection whenever graduands apply.
He explained that early issuance of certificate would boost the Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) of the school, adding: “My vision for this polytechnic is to make it the best in in terms of quality of graduates, who are dedicated and committed to excellence.”
The rector promised to improve staff and students’ welfare, saying: “We want to have a situation where the welfare of students and staff will not compromise, so that the whole atmosphere will be conducive for teaching and learning.”
He said the school was planning additional relaxation gardens for students. This, he said, would prevent students from going outside the campus to relax. Dr Dzukogi said the main challenge remained lack of resources to achieve the objectives on time, but said the task would be achieved through commitment and motivation.