The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has called on the Federal Government to initiate processes that would lead to upgrade and modernisation of laboratories, workshops and studios in tertiary institutions across the country.
In a communique issued at the end of its 40th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Awka, the union decried the deplorable state of laboratories and workshops in various tertiary institutions.
According to the union, such situation has hindered the country’s technological advancement.
The communique signed by the NAAT President, Comrade Sani Suleiman said the “modernised laboratories will be a centre of high impact research that would propel our developmental strives in areas of medicine, engineering and agriculture.”
The communique read “NAAT calls on Federal Government to adequately fund education as a basis for sustained development.
“Education, being the bedrock of any society if properly funded would be a catalyst for national growth and development through production of highly skilled citizens,” he said.
It however commended the Federal Government on the recent renovation works carried out in all unity schools across the country, saying that it was a step in the right direction as to creating a conducive environment for teaching and learning.
The Association meanwhile urged the Federal Government to immediately commence the implementation of the new national minimum wage in order to alleviate the suffering of workers.