Principal General Decries Abandonment of Technical Education


The Principal General of Government Technical College, Ewet, Uyo local government area, Mr. Samuel Ufford has regretted the abandonment of technical colleges in the state when the state is seriously embarking on the industrialization policy. He said such policy can only be sustained through the reactivation of technical colleges. He, therefore called for the return of the lost glory of technical education in the state.

Ufford made the observation on Thursday, in Uyo during the 3rd Edition of Public Presentation and award ceremony organized by Teen’s Favourite Magazine.

He noted that everything about technical colleges in the state has broken down without any serious effort to reactivate it. According to him, no electricity to power machines, no equipment, no accommodation for students, staff and outdated equipment   found in some colleges and the roofs are in a complete state of dilapidation.

Ufford particularly regretted that Technical Board in the state is occupied by those who have nothing to do with technical education even as many heads of technical colleges are non technical teachers. “We have people that have nothing to do with technical education flooding the system”, he said.

He blamed the current flooding of Nigeria with China products when the country has potentials to produce, to lack of investment in technical education.

In his lecture, the guest speaker, Dr. Matthew Ukpongson, blamed the present confusion in Nigerian educational system to policy formulation. Ukpongson who is the National President of Teachers of Technology noted that politicians are the cause of woes faced in the country education and called for clear policy direction especially in technical education.

He praised Teen’s Favourite magazine for organizing the event to improve on the teaching and learning education.

Earlier, the Publisher of Teen’s Favourite magazine, Mr. Marthins Akpan said that the organization embarked on the public presentation and award as a way of encouraging those that have contributed positively to the development of education in the state. He thanked the invited guests for honouring their invitation.

Highpoint of the event was the award to Mr. Samuel Ufford as the outstanding and best principal general in the state for his numerous achievements recorded at GTC, Ewet, within the short period that he resumed duty.


Pic caption: Principal General of Government Technical College, Ewet, Uyo Local Government Area, Mr. Samuel Ufford being presented Best Principal General award by Publisher, Teen’s Favourite Magazine, Mr. Martins Akpan (R), recently.