Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics said the establishment of polytechnics in Nigeria was becoming mere constituency projects to satisfy political convenience.
ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, disclosed this during a two day workshop, on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said: “We do not agree with the continued establishment of new polytechnics on the largely unsubstantiated premise of providing greater access to tertiary education for young Nigerians as the existing ones remain unattractive to young Nigerians.”
It was recalled that earlier in April, ASUP had asked both the federal and state governments to shut down polytechnics if they can no longer fund them.
While speaking at a briefing held in Abeokuta, the zonal coordinator of ASUP in South West (Zone C), Nureni Yekini, said: “The governments are just creating schools for fun and crippling what we called TETFUND in the institutions whereby you are just waiting for the federal government to build one structure or the other which is not acceptable to us.”
It was reported that among the new tertiary institutions established by the Buhari-led administration are 11 universities, 9 colleges of education and 10 polytechnics.
It was gathered that Tertiary institutions keep increasing in every part of the country despite poor funding of the existing ones as well inadequate budgetary allocations to the education sector.
Federal government, in June ratified the release of N18 billion for take-off of four specialized universities.
The universities established under Buhari regime include: the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko (2018); Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna (2018); Nigerian Army University, Biu (2018; Federal University of Transportation, Daura, Katsina State (2018); Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State (2020) and the University of Health Technology, Otukpo Benue State (2020).
Other universities established by the Buhari government include: the Federal University of Technology, Babura, Jigawa State (2021); Federal University of Technology, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State (2021); Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi State (2021); Nigeria Air Force University, Kaduna (2018) and the Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila Orangun, Osun State (2021).
Findings also show that the ten polytechnics established include: Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji, Ondo State; Federal Polytechnic, Daura, Katsina State; Federal Polytechnic Kaltungo, Gombe State; Federal Polytechnic Ayede, Oyo State; Federal Polytechnic Munguno, Borno State; Federal Polytechnic N’yak, Shendam, Plateau State; Federal Polytechnic Ohodo, Enugu State;Federal Polytechnic Ugep, Cross Rivers State; Federal Polytechnic Wannune, Benue State and the Federal Polytechnic, Orogun, Delta state.
The nine Colleges of Educations established are: Federal College of Education, Iwo; Federal college of Education, Odugbo; Federal College of Education, Isu; Federal College of Education,Ekiadolor; Federal College of Education, Gidan Madi; Federal College of Education, Jama’are; Federal College of Education, Birnin Kudu and Federal College of Agriculture, Kirikasamma.