My office has been under a mango tree for 18 years – ASUP chairman

– The chairman of the Kaduna Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) Aliyu Ibrahim has decried the lack of infrastructural projects in Nigerian institutions

– Ibrahim said his office as a polytechnic lecturer has been under a mango tree for the past 18 years

– He said he has not had an office due to infrastructural deficit in the institution

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The chairman of the Kaduna Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) Aliyu Ibrahim has decried the lack of infrastructural projects in Nigerian institutions.

Speaking to News Agency of Nigeria, Ibrahim said his office as a polytechnic lecturer has been under a mango tree for the past 18 years.

He said he has not had an office due to infrastructural deficit in the institution.

He said nothing has changed in terms of infrastructure since he graduated from the institution in 1994.

“I am privileged to be talking to you in this office today because am ASUP chairman but my office is under the mango tree,” Ibrahim said.

“I do not have an office since I joined the institution 18 years ago. I seat under the mango tree.

“If my students or anybody wants to see me, he must either meet me in the class or strategically position himself and wait for me to pass by,” he said.

The lecturer also said the lack of infrastructure and having to work from under the tree is affecting the motivation of staff in the school.

He added that Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund ) had not been fair to polytechnics in Nigeria when it comes to infrastructural intervention.

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“If TETFund gives university N200 million, for example, it will give polytechnic N50 million for infrastructure.

“Nigeria is a developing economy and needs the middle class of manpower to develop the economy.

“The essence of polytechnic education is to bring out middle class operations in terms of technological advancement, design implementation and even research.

“The lack of infrastructure in the system is hampering the ability of the middle class to deliver,” Ibrahim said.

He also urged the federal government to address infrastructure challenges affecting polytechnic institutions in the country.

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