Zamfara Poly decries low indigene enrollment
The Zamfara state owned Abdu-Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara, has decried low enrollment of indigenes into the institution.
The institution’s spokesman, Malam Aliyu Damri, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Talata-Mafara on Thursday that “the low enrollment is a threat to the future education of the state”.
Damri said that the polytechnic was established by the state government to educate its citizens, adding that the expected number of indigenes in the school was not there.
He noted that non-indigenes were higher than the indigenes, saying that “as parents, we must make serious efforts to ensure we educate our children to guarantee their future.
“We cannot depend 100 per cent on government to educate our children, we have to emulate the culture of giving serious concern and investing on education individually.
“Government alone cannot cater for all our needs, especially during these recent economic challenges,” he said.
According to him, previously there is a collaboration programme between the polytechnic and the 14 local governments of the state, where they sponsor students from their respective areas to the institution.
“Even though, the programme has stopped now, but it has yielded positive results.
He urged stakeholders, particularly the well-meaning individuals and organisations to assist orphans and less privileged children from their respective areas to schools.
“Most of these children have minimum requirements to go to schools and they have interest but their only problem is lack of sponsorship.”