The Rector, Federal Polytechnic Dr. Sadiq Yahya, has said that the institution lost 17 students and members of staff to the direct attacks carried out by members of the Boko Haram sect when they invaded and captured Mubi.
Yahya, who spoke to journalists in Mubi on Friday, also lamented the Federal Government’s delay in carrying out post-insurgency restoration of the tertiary institutions damaged in the North-East as a result of the insurgency.
According to him, the insurgency greatly destabilised academic activities of the institution. He also lamented that while all the operational vehicles of the institution were stolen and taken to Chad, no financial assistance either by the government or any private organisation had yet to come the way of the institution.
“We left this campus and couldn’t re-occupy it for about nine months. We had to use bomb disposal specialists to clear the mines in the school. Physically, we lost 17 students and members of staff, killed directly by the insurgents while all our vehicles were stolen and taken to Chad.
“But the lamentable part of it is that, so far, restoration has yet to begin. Since mid 2015, when we resumed, not even a pencil or a pen has been given to us.”
Decrying the government’s slow response in rebuilding the institution, Sadiq added that all appeals made to get financial assistance for restorative efforts of rebuilding the institution, whether it is to the minister of education or the organised private sector, only elicited favorable sympathy without any tangible outcome.