The lawmaker representing Badagry Federal Constituency, Mr. Babatunde Hunpe, has decried the deplorable state of Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Badagry, Lagos.
In a letter to the Acting Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, the legislator described ASCON as the only legacy in Badagry, which must not be allowed to die.
Hunpe urged the Federal Government to ensure prompt release of funds to enable the college achieve its mandate of enhancing manpower development in the public service.
The lawmaker said the Federal Government should also use the federal character policy to consider offering jobs to Badagry indigenes.
He noted that lack of adequate funding had deprived the college of functional vehicles, modern e-library and effective Internet facilities.
“Lack of adequate funding has also affected the condition of the classrooms and hostels.
“The college is not linked to the national grid and there is lack of capacity building for lecturers in terms of overseas training,” Hunpe added.
The lawmaker said there was low patronage of ASCON courses because some public service institutes were rated above the college for no just cause.
He said the college only produced one indigenous chief executive in 2017 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 many senior civil servants across Nigeria and beyond had benefited from the college in the past and urged the HoSF to keep ASCON’s flag flying.
“As a matter of priority, the college has assisted federal ministries and parastatals to develop and build up their own training units,” Hunpe said.
ASCON began operation on June 1, 1972 in Topo-Badagry as the pioneer public service management training institution in Nigeria.