Managing Director (MD), Scientific Equipment Development Institute (SEDI), Prof. Mohammed B. Ndaliman

By George Daniya

Managing Director (MD), Scientific Equipment Development Institute (SEDI), Prof. Mohammed B. Ndaliman has said that bureaucracy is one of the major problems that is delaying partnership with state governments.

Prof Ndaliman disclosed this exclusively to Newsline after the opening ceremony of the training of the second batch of science teachers for the Kano South Senatorial District being sponsored by Sen Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya held in Minna, recently.

He recalled that a few years back, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State paid a visit to the institute and asked for a collaboration, which, according to the MD, bureaucracy has not allowed to take place.

The MD lamented that the governor was sincere to his directive but that the relevant authorities that would make such collaboration to take place are yet to make it happen.

According to him, they were to be part of the whole-school-approach initiative of Mr Governor, but since they submitted their proposal to the past secretary to the state government, that was the last they heard about the initiative which is ongoing.

“All this whole-school-approach that he did I remember we made a proposal, we made submission how they will be equipped. We submitted to the government through the then Secretary to the State Government and that was the last we heard about it”, he said.

The Prof. said that it was time for states to collaborate with the institute especially Niger State which is the host, disclosing that they were into collaboration with the Minna Institute of Technology although they needed to fine tune some areas.

He added that what they were doing with Kano and Kaduna states were practicalyl visible things, adding that they have the manpower and capacity to give science teachers refresher training.

The MD added that apart from training the teachers they also produce science laboratory equipment for schools.

He said that Kano State has taken the partnership with all seriousness as they just don’t receive proposal but they implement the agreement to the latter.

Meanwhile, Prof Ndaliman during the opening ceremony of the training of the teachers appreciated Senator Gaya for the gesture, adding that it was the best thing he was doing for his constituency and urged the students to make the best use of the opportunity afforded to them.

He said that they were also to provide scientific kits to schools in Kano South Senatorial District.