The lawmaker representing Badagry Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Babatunde Hunpe, on Wednesday decried the deplorable state of the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) in the ancient city.
In a letter to the Acting Head of Service (HOS) of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, the lawmaker described ASCON as the only legacy in Badagry which must not be allowed to die.
Hunpe appealed to Federal Government to ensure prompt release of funds to enable the college to achieve its mandate of enhancing manpower development in the public service.
According to the lawmaker, the federal character policy should also consider offering employment to indigenes of the host community of the college.
He noted that lack of adequate funding had deprived the college of functional vehicles, modern e-library and functional internet facilities.
“Lack of adequate funding has also affected the condition of the classrooms and hostel accommodation.
“The college is not linked to the national electricity grid, and there is lack of capacity building for lecturers in terms of overseas training,” the lawmaker said.
Hunpe said that there was low patronage of ASCON courses because some public service institutes were rated above the college for no just cause.
According to him, the college only produced one indigenous chief executive in 1017 since it was established 47 years ago.
“There are lots of unfair treatments when it comes to recruitment or appointments.
“The Federal Character policy is applicable to the senior cadres alone, while the catchment area principle has not been followed since inception,” he said.
The lawmaker said that many senior civil servant across Nigeria and beyond had benefited from the college in the past and urged the HOS to continue to keep ASCON’s flag flying.
“As a matter of priority, the college had assisted federal ministries and parastatals to develop and build up their own training units,” Hunpe said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that ASCON commenced operation on June 1, 1972 in Topo-Badagry as the pioneer public service management training institution in Nigeria.
Edited by Folorunso Poroye/Wale Ojetimi
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