By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Dr. Idris Muhammad Bugaje on Wednesday commissioned an ultra modern fish farm and a block Industry within the premises of Kaduna Polytechnic, Tudun Wada. The projects were built and and would be managed by Kadpoly Consult, a subsidiary of Kaduna Polytechnic. The fish farm which is fitted with the state-of-the-art technology, has four large fishponds, a borehole specifically built to supply water, floodlights and four overhead water tanks. The fishponds have the total capacity of holding over 20,000 fingerlings which would mature and be harvested within seven months. Similarly, the block Industry has the capacity of producing nine inches blocks at the rate of 3000 blocks per day. Speaking at the commissioning of the projects, Dr Bugaje expressed satisfaction with the management of Kadpoly Consult for doing a good job. He also revealed that when he came on board as the rector of Kaduna Polytechnic in October 2017, Kadpoly Consult was operating at a loss and was not remitting a single kobo to Kaduna Polytechnic. He therefore, sacked the management and brought in the present management headed by Dr. Nasir Bello Yilari. “Dr Yilari has repositioned Kadpoly Consult and to the extent that the company now remits N5million every quarter to the Polytechnic since 2017. With the commissioning of these projects, it is my hope that Kadpoly Consult would be remitting over N5 million”. The Rector also revealed that Alhaji Yusuf Hassan, the Chairman of Kaduna Polytechnic Governing Board also lauded the doggedness and business acumen of the Managing Director Kadpoly Consult, Dr.Yilari for repositioning the organization. He advised that the adequate water and shelter be provided so that the fishes would mature on time. Speaking to newmen, Dr Nasiru Bello Yilari said that when he came on board as the managing director of Kadpoly Consult, he conducted a feasibility study and the result showed that the building of a fishpondy and block industry by the Kadpoly Consult would general create employment the students of Kaduna Polytechnic and for the host community. He added that both the fish farm and the block industry would bring about huge internally generated revenue (IGR) for the company and the school which would bridge the gap between the funding from the Federal Government and what the polytechnic needs. “The more we are building projects like this, the more we generate revenue and the more we remit to the polytechnic,” he said. The Managing Director further said that the company funded the projects entirely by itself without credit facility from the bank or the polytechnic. He further added that students from Engineering Department and vocation centres from other schools would benefit immensely from the fish farm and block industry.