By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The authorities of Anambra state Polytechnic, Mgbakwu, in Awka North local government area, have appealed to the state government for more infrastructural and other learning facilities to ensure that students have the best learning experience.
Mefoh appealed to the state government for approval for the second NBTE team verification visitation, approval for the construction of administrative block in the polytechnic, as well as construction of office blocks for staff.
“We also need classroom blocks, staff welfare package as regards salaries, allowances and emoluments, using the tertiary institution salary structure. There is need for staff development programmes, waiver for staff employment in the nearest future and administration vehicles for principal officers to facilitate their huge work”.
She further requested that utility vehicles be given to the various units of the polytechnic as well as buses for the students, while adding that more hostels, staff quarters and recreational facilities be provided for the polytechnic.
The rector reiterated that the polytechnic is poised to meet the manpower requirements for technological needs of the nation, stressing that it is expected that upon graduation, the students would have been self reliant and individuals with adequate entrepreneurial mindset.
She encouraged the matriculants to embrace good principles and be of good moral conduct throughout their stay in the polytechnic, while admonishing that the students be good ambassadors of their respective families.
She, however, commended the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, for the numerous facilities he has provided in the institution so far, disclosing that the governor had approved construction of the stretch road that leads to the polytechnic from Isuaniocha junction.
In a remark, Obiano, represented by the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Theresa Obiekezie, promised to change the fortunes of the polytechnic before he leaves office, while also assuring to address the welfare of staff and students.
The governor advised the matriculating students to shun vices capable of truncating their future, and work towards ensuring that they equip themselves with requisite skills to be employers of labour upon graduation.
The chairman, governing council of the polytechnic, Prof. Prosper Omaliko, reminded the students that it was rare privilege for them to have secured admission into the institution, while urging them to work hard and be disciplined.
The Student Union Government President in the polytechnic, Comrade Innocent Ikegbunam, urged students to be studious and respectful. He also advised students to uphold the ideals of the polytechnic.
Earlier, the Public Relations Officer of the Polytechnic, Sunday Okagbue Chukwuanu (NIPR), encouraged the students to take their teachers as their own parents, and to ensure that they seek clarification if need be.
Some of the matriculants in their various remarks, promised to abide by the rule as read by the rector and other principal officers of the institution.