By Muhammad Hadi

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Rector of Niger State Polytechnic, Dr. Umar Ahmed Egbako

As a result of inadequate hostel accommodation for both ND and HND students, the Niger State Polytechnic, Zungeru, is to enter into partnership with investors from within and outside the state to establish a modern village for the polytechnic, code-named ‘Polytechnic Village.’
The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Umar Ahmed Egbako, made the revelation in an interactive session with journalists in his office recently.
Dr. Egbako said that the Polytechnic Village will consist of 183 standard plots; a modern village with commercial bank, clinic, market, ICT centre, recreational centre, corner shops among others.
The polytechnic Governing Council under the chairmanship of Muhammad Bawa Zugai, has agreed to establish the Polytechnic village on a neutral ground; a virgin land was therefore, identified by the institution opposite the polytechnic; and they have applied to the Niger State Government through the Ministry of Environment requesting for 100hectres to be approved for the project.
The Rector affirmed that they got the approval of 30hectres in June, 2017, which led to clearing of the approved portion and that the council has directed that the polytechnic should liase with Ministries of Lands and Environment to demarcate the approved land.
After all fees and dues were paid, the 30hectres of land was now been cleared and an approval has been given for layout plans and other architectoral designs to be done by the Ministry of Lands in collaboration with the institution’s School of Environmental Studies.
Already, according to the Rector, a prototype building has been designed of two-bedroom, three-bedroom and one-bedroom bungalow to be developed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement on Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.
Egbako further stated that developers from Lagos have already started showing interest in the partnership.
The institution which was established in 1977, as Zungeru College of Advanced Studies, situated in Government College Bida, metamorphosed into Niger State Polytechnic in 1991, moved to its present site in-between Wushishi and Zungeru. It has about 60 percent of its students living off-campus either in Wushishi, Zungeru or a neighbouring village called Kanwa.