A total of 5,540 applicants have applied for the 100 job vacancies at the Nasarawa State owned polytechnic known as, Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic (IMAP) Lafia.
Dr Justina Kotso, Rector of the Polytechnic, disclosed this while presenting the institution’s 2021 budget performance to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Wednesday.
According to her, out of the number, they have screened 767 qualified applicants, out of which about 400 first class certificate holders applied for the job.
Dr Kotso, commended the committee for the support the institution is enjoying from it and called for its sustenance.
She said that the management under her watch has installed solar power in the school’s library and ICT centre as well as installation of CCTV cameras to improve on security and other academic activities.
“We have also strengthen our registration portal in order to block linkages and wastages as perimeter fencing is ongoing in the institution,” she added.
The Rector, called on the students not to allow themselves to be used to cause violence and crisis in the institution but continue to be law abiding for development to thrive.
She, however, identified funding as major challenge facing the institution.
“His Excellency, Gov Abdullahi Sule is doing his best in taking the institution to the next level of development”
“But as Oliver Twist, we are appealing for more funding as we are prepared to continue to bring new innovations for the overall development of the institution” she added.
Earlier, the House Committee Chairman on Education, Daniel Ogazi, urged the institution’s management to absorb academic and non academic casual staff, who are working for a long period of time before considering other fresh applicants.
Ogazi said that absorbing the casual lecturers and other staff was in the interest of Justice, fairness, peace and for the overall development of the polytechnic.
“We want to commend you for being up and doing in taking the institution to the greater height.
“On the issue of the ongoing employment in the institution, we want to urge you to consider and give priority to those casual lecturers and other staff that are working for a long period of time in the institution.
” Some of them are working under casual for five, eight , ten and even eleven years.
” And now that the government has approved employment, I call on you to absorb casual lecturers and other staff first before you consider fresh applicants,you have professionals and capable hands that are working for you before now, consider them first” He said.
” I want to appeal to fresh applicants to be patient as the exercise will be in batches,” He added.