By Baba Shehu Oscu, Bauchi
Physically challenged students of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi are to enjoy free education courtesy of the management of the institution.
The Rector of the polytechnic Dr Suleman Muhammad Lame made the remark recently while distributing disabled tricycles to some disabled students of the institution.
Dr Lame said the polytechnic had so far distributed about 40 tricycles to disabled students free of charge with some financial support to enable them carry out their studies without hitches.
The Rector, who said many disabled students are currently studying in the polytechnic free of charge, explained that such students are barred from paying tuition and departmental fees and are given free accommodation in the institution.
He described the effort as an attempt by the management of the institution to reduce street begging by encouraging qualified disabled students to further their education in the polytechnic.
According to him, disabled students who possess the requisite qualification can apply for admission for degree, HND, ND or any certificate course being offered by the institution.
Also speaking, the coordinator of the distribution programme who is also a Principal assistant Registrar in the polytechnic Alhaji Ahmed Muhammad said the initiative was aimed at aiding the disabled members of the society.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Maryam Ibrahim a student of mass communication and Muhammad Sani Umar of computer science , thanked the management of ATAP for initiating the programme.
According to them, the tricycles would not only boost their morale to learn but would go a long way towards easing their suffering of transporting themselves to and from the school for the daily lectures and other academic activities.