By: Valentine Adese (JP),
The Federal Government (FG) has announced that, Nyak in Shendam Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State would be the site for the newly approved Federal Polytechnic in Plateau State.
According to a Plateau State Government’s press statement, dated, 11th March 2021 and signed by, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press to the Governor of Plateau State, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education Architect Sonny Echono conveyed this to Governor Simon Bako Lalong during the continuation of the technical visit to the State in preparation for the take-off of the Polytechnic.
The release added that, “the Permanent Secretary said the technical team from the Ministry had undertaken a preliminary visit to various sites in Shendam Local Government and having submitted its findings and that, Nyak was chosen as the site for the school”.
Architect Sonny Echono said, “I am here at the behest of the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu on what we now call the open end of our visit. This is actually the second visit in connection with this institution. Our first visit was a reconnaissance one, we didn’t contact the State Government and we did not make it public. But we did look at the various options in the location of the institution and we made recommendations. I am pleased to inform you that based on the criteria we worked out to stimulate development and foster access, Nyak in Shendam Local Government Area was approved by Mr. President. On this second visit therefore, another 10 member Technical Team is here to meet with some of the officials of the State Government on some of the policy and logistic needs of the school. They will go to the site and assess the condition to discuss further the sharing of responsibilities on what we see as the facilities that the State Government should assist to provide. We believe that on-site facilities are the responsibility of the institution while off-site facilities will require the assistance of the State Government”.
Echono further explained that, “the facilities such as, access road to the site, power lines and water body for treatment are the immediate concerns that will be addressed in collaboration with State Government and that, “Already, President Buhari has approved 2 billion naira for the takeoff of the institution”.