The Polytechnic, Sokoto, on Saturday conferred Fellowship Awards on six Nigerians including the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.
Other beneficiaries include the Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko; the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Mas’udu Kazaure; the Rector, Cape Coast Polytechnic, Ghana, Lawrence Atepor; and the Chairman, Sokoto State Task Force on Water Supply, Namadina Abdulrahman.
The Polytechnic bestowed the awards on the personalities at its maiden convocation ceremony where it graduated 21,062 students.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Wamakko said that the polytechnic had, since the appointment of its Rector, Bashir Garba in 2012, recorded tremendous achievements.
“The institution is also one of the most peaceful Polytechnics in the country due to the diligence and dedication of the management, students and members of the academic board,” he said.
Mr. Wamakko promised to do more in the provision of adequate funds and facilities to the Polytechnic to enable it record more successes.
On the fellowship awards, the governor pledged that they would continue to be good ambassadors of the polytechnic.
The Chairman, Board of the Governing Council of the Institution, Muhammad Sani, commended the state government for its tremendous support to the institution.
He also lauded the National Board For Technical Education, NBTE, and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, for their unrelenting efforts to the development of the institution.
The Special Adviser on Higher Education, Gajam Ardo, also stated that the state government recently donated buses, computers and other facilities to the polytechnic.
“This is why the polytechnic has grown very rapidly and it has 16 National Diploma and 13 Higher National Diploma programmes,” he said.
The Rector, Bashir Garba, called for the provision of more accommodation, personnel, facilities and structures at the polytechnic.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Mr. Atepor, a professor, commended the polytechnic for the honour.
“We promise to be there for the polytechnic and we will always be at its service,” Mr. Atepor said.
The maiden convocation ceremony was combined for the 2001/2002 and the 2012/2013 academic sessions, with prizes presented to the best graduating students.