By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has made a commitment to renovate and fully equip the Government Technical School Assakio, in line with the determination of his administration to promote science and technical education in the state.
Engineer Sule made the commitment shortly after conducting an assessment tour of the school, on Wednesday.
The Governor compared the GTS Assakio with such famous technical schools as Government Technical School Bukuru, Government Technical School Makurdi and Government Technical School Kano, which have produced the best technicians and engineers in the country.
Engineer Sule however lamented the present level of dilapidation and decay in the school, stressing that his administration will revamp the school, fully equip it and make Government Technical School Assakio conducive for learning.
The Governor disclosed that with his administration about to equip the Lafia Technical Institute, he thought it wise to also assess the situation at GTS Assakio, so that government can equip the two institutions at the same time.
“The essence my rushing here is to see things for myself. Now that we are going to equip Lafia, can we equip to two of them at the same time? Before I equip any school like that, I needed to see things for myself,” he stated.
Engineer Sule stated further that the visit was also in fulfilment of his campaign promise to the people.
“I made a promise to the people of Assakio, during the campaigns, that because of my love for technical education, if elected, I will do everything possible that I can, to ensure that I equip the school.
“But it looks like the school requires more than equipment, because it needs to be renovated, the hostels are in bad condition, the whole environment is actually in a terrible condition, from what I have seen,” the Governor said.
He noted that even though he didn’t enquire into the aspects of academics, especially on the kinds of teachers in the school and their various qualifications, Engineer Sule said his administration will ensure that GTS Assakio has the right teachers and management to be able to run the school effectively and efficiently.