PATIGI Emirate Development Union (PEDU) in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State has kicked against an attempt by the state government to move the existing functioning machines in Government Technical College (GTC) Patigi to the newly established International Vocational Training Centre at Ajase Ipo in Kwara South.
This was disclosed in a press statement made available to journalists at the weekend and signed by Umar Salihu, the national president of the union.
Salihu said: “The attention of the entire indigines of Patigi LGA of Kwara state under the auspices of Patigi Emirate Development Union (PEDU) has been drawn to the Kwara government plan to move the left existing functioning machines in Government Technical College (GTC) Patigi.
“The training machines would be moved to the newly established International Vocational Training Centre at Ajase Ipo in Kwara South.”
This information was credited to Musa Yeketi, the Kwara State commissioner for education during his visit to GTC Patigi for the ongoing Certificate Screening Exercise on Thursday, March 16.
“The commissioner was said to have made the statement while inspecting the departments in the school.
“Yeketi was also alleged to have said that some of the technical oriented staff would equally be transferred to the said school and that a team of inspectors to be headed by the Kwara State Polytechnic’s Rector would be visiting the GTC Patigi soon to ascertain the machines that would be evacuated from the school,” he said.
Salihu, while saying that the youths and indeed the entire people of Patigi LGA condemns the move in its totality, stressed that, “this act is not only anti people but also rubbing Peter to pay Paul which is unacceptable to us and against the principle of democracy.
“The people of Patigi played a major role in the emergence of this government both in 2011 and 2015 yet we have next to nothing to show for it, not even a single capital project.
“Why then should what was bequeathed to us by the Nigerian Nationalist be unjustifiably taken from us?”
The union leader who said the GTC, Patigi was established by the Nigerian First Republic even before the creation of Kwara State itself, revealed that the government has since been threatening the existence of GTC Patigi.
“We also urge the state government to have a rethink on the purported plan to avoid hitting the polity because 2019 is around the corner and our voter’s cards are still in our possessions,” he said.
Reacting to the allegation, Musa Yeketi, Commissioner for Education told newsmen that there is no truth in the allegation.
He confirmed that he visited GTC, Patigi and noted that the college had more training equipment than it needed.
“It was on a lighter mood that I told the HOD of the college to move some of the excess of these machines and that does not translate to a government decision,” he said.
Yeketi, who observed that most of the training machines at GTC Patigi were obsolete, said there is no way it could be used in the vocational training centre at Ajase Ipo.
“I have denied that there is no plan from the Kwara government to move such training equipment anywhere,” he said.