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Adamawa assembly to investigate delisting of courses at state poly

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Adamawa State house of assembly has commenced investigation to ascertain why some courses in the college of administration and business studies (CABS), Numan campus were delisted against provisions of the laws establishing the college.

Worried by the violation, the assembly through its standing committee on education and tertiary institutions moved to unravel the mystery in the interest of the people of the area.

The legislators further resolved and directed that all the courses being taught hitherto in the college but were transferred to Yola campus should be restituted to the campus with immediate effect.

The members also resolved that the Numan campus should be compensated by citing the projects of the state government and that of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in the campus.

The resolutions followed a matter of urgent public importance sponsored by the deputy speaker and member representing Numan constituency, Rt. Hon. Pwamwakeno Mackondo, during Wednesday’s plenary.

Mackondo has while moving the motion, lamented that CABS, Numan campus is being stripped of its courses, and that the action is in total violation of the law establishing the college.

Going down memory lane, the legislator informed the assembly that the state polytechnic which was established in 1996, was divided into 4 colleges with CABS cited in Numan so as to take the place of Staff Development Institute (SDI).

He argued that the law establishing the institution has not been amended to reflect the new status of Yola and Numan campuses and could not see reasons behind delisting of courses, saying something urgent must be done by the house to save the situation.

The legislator said that it came to them as a rude shock to discover that all TETFUND projects meant for CABS Numan campus are all being directed to Yola campus on the premise that Numan land is not suitable for construction of structures adding that some structures inherited by the college were constructed over 45 years ago.

According to him, CABS is the only fully operational campus in the whole of southern zone which comprises 9 local government areas, and that the education and economic importance of the institution in the area cannot be overemphasised.

He stated that the college has also created employment opportunities for their electorate such as business centres, estate development, trading and host of others, adding that its proximity has also encouraged enrollment of teeming youths.

He added that it also reduces the financial burden of aspiring youth who desire to further their education thereby increasing enrollment, urging the house to take necessary action to rescue the college from total collapse.

Rt. Hon. Pwamwakeno Mackondo called on the assembly to direct the restitution of the courses, compensation to the college with state government and TETFUND projects and the invitation of the rector to appear before the house in order to explain reasons behind delisting of the courses.

Rallying round the motion, Hon. Japhet Kefas (Gombi), Hon. Kate Raymond Mamuno (Demsa) and Hon. Abubakar Isa (Shelleng) applauded the mover of the motion, saying that the issue brought before them has to be considered on time and overwhelmingly supported the motion.

After the debate and subsequent adoption of the resolutions, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aminu Iya Abbas who presided over the sitting, directed that the resolutions be communicated to the authorities concern.