Various projects worth over N1.2 billion have been executed by the Katsina State Government to uplift the academic performance and services of Katsina State Institute of Technology and Management
(KSITM) in the past eight years.
The outgoing governor of the state, Aminu Bello Masari, disclosed this on Friday at the official commissioning of the permanent site of the institute in Katsina. Unveiling his achievements, Masari said the administration injected the funds into electrical projects, completion of administrative blocks and classrooms, residential quarters, procurement of additional furniture, provision of training facilities, completion of workshops and e-library and lecture theatre among others.
“In the area of human resources, the (out-going) administration employed many qualified staff for the institute; the institute started with 56 staff in 2015 and today it has over 170 personnel.
“My administration amended the law establishing the institute to allow for the expansion of its courses. This enabled it to obtain dual license as a full-fledged polytechnic and innovation enterprise institute simultaneously. All these are geared towards ensuring products of the institute acquired relevant technological skills and training to become self-sufficient upon graduation,” Masari said.
He insisted that ICT had become a global trend and one of the indices for categorizing a society to be either developed or under developed hence the need for Katsina youths to venture into the field for the
overall development of the state and the nation. Masari, who commended the management of school for achieving various remarkable successes after relocating the institute to its permanent site, noted that the feat had accelerated the growth and development of its infrastructure and academic activities.
In his remarks, the state out-going commissioner for science, technology and innovation, Mustapha Mahmud Kanti, praised the commitment and consistency of the Masari administration in improving science and technological education, saying this will continue to manifest in academic excellence.
Earlier, the Rector of KSITM, Dr. Babangida Abubakar Albaba, noted that the institute had graduated over 1500 students, between 2017 and 2022, who had gained admission into Nigerian and foreign universities
through direct entry or had become self-employed and employers of labour with the skills they acquired.
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