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What Boko Haram Has Done To Us – Provost, FCE Potiskum

Posted: Jan 19, 2016 at 10:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Mohammad, FCE Potiskum Provost

Mohammad, FCE Potiskum Provost

By Mohammed Abubakar Damaturu

Federal College of Education (Technical), Potiskum, Yobe State has said that the lingering Boko Haram insurgency in North East Nigeria has had a devastating effect on the institution’s student population, staff effectiveness and services offered.

The Provost of the College, Dr. Madu Mohammad, who revealed this during an interview with newsmen in Potiskum town, disclosed that the College has a staff strength of 555 (academic and non-academic), with students enrolment standing at 5,626 NCE while the Degree programme have enrolment of 755 respectively.

Mohammad said that during the peak of Boko Haram attacks, the College lost so many academic and non-academic staff, just as the College Demonstration Secondary School was also destroyed.

“It is true that we really suffered from the insurgency as a result our enrolment was affected. That is because Potiskum was full of tension. Some staff got employment but didn’t want to come while some actually left us as a result of this fear.

“I know there are a couple of people from down south, some of them have left. Some women whose  husbands were doing business here, were left behind because they were employed here. Now they have left as a result of this insurgency,” Mohammad said.

Continuing, he said, “We have had a couple of staff that were killed in the previous attacks, I know there was one from Fine and Applied Arts Department. A couple of our staff have also lost property, houses were burnt. I know there were two staff who were in the Army Barracks their houses were burnt, our secondary school was burnt by the insurgents, there are staff off campus who were attacked in their homes so we have lost a couple of staff in the insurgency period.”

With the return of relative peace, the Provost said things are becoming normal, adding, “Our students enrolment is picking up now.”

He said most of the enrolment is done through the Pre-NCE programme, as the insurgency has made students from other parts of the country to stay away.

Mohammed further enumerated some of the challenges facing the Institution to include, “the Land issue with General Abubakar Waziri (rtd), inadequate utility Vehicles, need for the compensation on the College permanent site, development of the College permanent site, need for recruitment of additional academic and non-academic staff, need for improved funding and new Student’s Hostel.”

The Provost used the forum to list some of the achievements in the short period of his stay in office. He said: “Honestly when I came I discovered that there is need to update the knowledge of the Staff of the College to enable them meet up with time, we sent six (6) academic staff for Master’s Degree and PhD programmes abroad while eight (8) went to various Universities in Nigeria also for Master’s and PhD. “There are many of them on training, some have obviously graduated and resumed duty in the college and we are reaping the benefits. It is in this area that I honestly feel excited because you are developing a human being.”