Rector of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP) Bauchi, Dr Suleiman Lame, has assured that all disabled persons in the state willing to study any course in the school could do that free of charge.
Speaking with newsmen at the weekend after inspecting the newly constructed Departments of Tourism and Mass Communication (HND) complex, the rector said, aside the disabled people, students wishing to study Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry education in the polytechnic could also enroll free of charge.
According to him, the gesture was aimed at empowering the people with disabilities educationally and motivate the basic science students, noting that secondary schools in the state faced shortage of mathematics, physics and chemistry teachers.
He explained that the polytechnic deemed it good to come up with such policy in order to promote education in the state.
Lame further stated that the school, in collaboration with the Bauchi state Commission for Youth and Women Rehabilitation and Development (BACYWORD) were currently training about 4, 000 youths drawn from the 20 local governments of the state on entrepreneurial skills and remedial studies.
He said those who passed the remedial would be given automatic admission into the various departments in the polytechnic while others would be assisted to secure admission into universities, saying the entrepreneurial trainees were expected to start up small scale businesses and get self employed at the end of the training.
He, therefore, commended the state government and the Tertiary Education Trust fund for the construction of needed structures and provision of requisite equipment in the polytechnic which paved the way for the accreditation of all its programmes by the regulatory bodies.