Attract Funds Independently, Gov. Ikpeazu Counsels Abiapoly
By Our Reporter
Abia State Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has charged the members of the Governing Council, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba to look at ways of attracting funds independently through local and international support grants.
Governor Ikpeazu who gave the advice when he received in audience the Chairman and Members of the Governing Council of the Polytechnic who were in Government House, Umuahia to present the report of the Council on the selection of principal officers of the institution, according to a press release made available to newsmen by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, also assured that his administration will continue to support the Institution through the payments of statutory subvensions and will specifically assist the institution in the forthcoming accreditation of more of its courses.
Governor Ikpeazu also charged them to sustain their collaboration with Tetfund to assist it financially to meet up with its mandate to increase its population.
While advising the institution to find ways to maintain industrial harmony and peace, Gov. Ikpeazu charged them to remain consistent and stable in order to attract more students as well as to mount programmes that are relevant to the yearnings of the people in their catchment area.
He used the forum to announce the approval of the appointments of the principal officers of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba as recommended by the Governing Council with Dr Okorie Kalu Osonwa as the substantive Rector.
Other principal officers approved by the Governor are Oriaku Chinyere – Registrar, Omenihu Friday – Bursar, Ndulaka Chigozie – Librarian and Nwogu Jude – Director of Works Services.
He said he is passionate about relocating the Abia State Polytechnic Aba, to its permanent site as well as looking for ways to ensure academic stability in the institution.
Governor Ikpeazu further commended the Council and management on job well done and their quick intervention that averted violence by their students recently as a result of protest against a Police officer that allegedly raped one of their female students.
Earlier, the Chairman, Governing Council of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Elder John Nwangborogwu presented the report of the selection interview for the principal officers of the institution, where he identified lack of due process in appointing principal officers as contributing to the challenges bedeviling the institution.
He informed that they followed due process by advertising the positions of principal officers and subsequently interviewing them.
Elder Nwangborogwu also reported to the Governor their intervention on the protest which their students embarked upon, explaining that it was done because of the alleged rape of one of their female students by a Police officer and not for any other issue as pedled by some people.
He thanked the Governor for his intervention for accreditation and urged him to sustain his support to them.