… as students bemoan government neglect
Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The commissioner for tertiary education, science and technology in Anambra state Prof. Theresa Nkechi Obiekezie says that the state-owned polytechnic would attain full accreditation status in October this year.
She stated this during an exclusive interview with our correspondent in her office at the secretariat complex Awka. The commissioner stated that government paid priority attention to the institution as evidenced in the infrastructural development within and outside the school premises.
Obiekezie noted that the state governor Chief Willie Obiano was working round the clock to ensure that the polytechnic met the prerequisites of operational standards.
She said the governor has inaugurated the governing council of the polytechnic and was equally not relenting in his strides to ensure that graduates of the state polytechnic competed favourably among their peers through ensuring that the school got what it required to produce quality graduates.
She pointed out that though the school was relatively young, it has gone through hurdles but expressed great joy that the school has passed the verification test of the National Board For Technical Education and that the board was coming in October this year to bestow full accreditation status on the polytechnic.
Although she acknowledged the fact that the polytechnic hasn’t graduated Higher National Diploma students at the instance, the commissioner maintained that as soon as that was done, the HND graduates would embark on National Youth Service Corps scheme of the federal government.
She also disclosed that the institution has been in existence as a monotechnic but the Obiano administration transformed it into a polytechnic to accommodate diverse disciplines and more students stressing that the school was top on the agenda of the state government.
Obiekezie opined that the road leading to the polytechnic was under construction and that the internal roads of the school were receiving attention too, noting that roads, classrooms, office blocks, hostels and other utility buildings in the school were not problematic issues. He appealed to the students of the institution to be patient while government intensified efforts to put the Polytechnic on a very sound footing.
In another related development, the students of Anambra State Polytechnic Mgbakwu in Awka-North local government area of Anambra state have planned a peaceful protest across the state capital Awka on Monday the 16th day of September 2016 over what they termed alleged government neglect of the polytechnic as regards bad roads, lack of new buildings, government negligence towards accreditation of the polytechnic, among other salient issues.
A press statement signed by the president of the Students’ Union Government of the polytechnic Comrade Innocent C. Ikegbunam reads: “The bad roads leading to the Polytechnic causes scarcity of buses, increment in transport fee from Awka down to the school, the students and the people living in the community do feel pain after applying the road to Awka. 5 minutes journey turned to be 25 minutes journey.
“Government Negligence towards the Accreditation of the Polytechnic: This act has caused more harm to we the students because the graduated students can’t get any job with the result. The graduated students get any job with the result issued out to them by the school without the school being approved by NBTE and recognized anywhere in the state talk more of anywhere in the country.
“They can’t go for direct entry into another school, making them after wasting 2 good years, school fees and other payments here in school plus the 1 year Industrial training (I.T). The student after going through this trauma will be discouraged and be pushed into going to re-write JAMB and POST UTME to start school afresh, this is not fair, if we were your children and you acknowledge this, will you remain calm and still watch this happen to us and other innocent children out there?
“The HNDs’ don’t go for NYSC: The graduated students don’t go for youth service. We were renamed 3 years ago and since then till now, the government has not played any vital role in promoting our education and making our studies better for us. No new buildings for lecture halls, offices, student hostels and so on. The building we currently occupy is not conducive, our hostel is not conducive and the students are suffering from it.
This has caused more harm than you can ever think of to the students.”