- As Polytechnic Celebrates 20th Convocation Ceremony
From the Federal Ministry of Education Abuja,through the Honourable Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu,in his address presented on the 20th Anniversary Convocation Ceremony of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri,FPNO,on Thursday, Dec.5th 2019,the Minister, expressed delight towards the academic breakthroughs and successes so far recorded by the Staff, Students and Management,even as he congratulated the graduands for their successes.
Mallam Adamu,who spoke to the Director of Tertiary Education,Mr.Joel Ojo,described the ceremony as unique in the life of the graduating students as after years of hard work, their efforts is crowned with huge successes.
“As a matter of fact,it is a defining moment in the lives of every graduating students”, the Education Minister stated.
He futhermore disclosed that the Federal Govt.of Nigeria under his Ministry has reassured its commitment to continue to ensure more investment in Science and Technology. He furthermore, reiterated the govt.unflinching support towards building a robust physical infrastructure and programmes especially as it related to Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET,and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, STEM,such as to strengthening capacity of the academic staff in our various Tertiary Institutions through TETFund Interventions.
The Edu.Minister therefore enjoined the Polytechnic Management and the Governing Council to strictly adhere to the admission policy of 70:30 ratio in favour of Science and Technology based programmes.
Similarly,Mallam Adamu,told the Management of the Polytechnic to key into the Nigerian Skills Qualification Framework, NSQF,which was developed by the National Board For Technical Education, NBTE,as such would enhance the skills development of the younger Nigerian citizens mostly in the informal sector,even as he called on the Polytechnic to engage in researches that would assist community development.
He pointed out the Ministry is committed to improving the content and quality of education and expanding accessibility, informed the inclusion of TVET as one of the pillars of the Ministry Strategic Plan,MST.
He finally called on the Polytechnic Management,led by the Rector, Rev.Engr.Michael C.Arimanwa,to explore news ways to generating revenue without necessarily placing heavy burden on the students and parents,even as he called also on the Alumni of the institution and other stakeholders to contribute in various ways,including donations and the institution of fellowship programmes for accelerated development.
More so,about two illustrious sons of Imo State who are technocrats, ICT complaints who have contributed immensely towards the growth of the Polytechnic where given an honour and fellowship awards.
The duo are:Sir Okey Ikpe,the Founder/GMD Office Machines Nigeria Limited,and Dr.Ikechukwu Henry Ukweh,the MD/GTCO.
The Chairman, Federal Polytechnic Nekede Governing Council, Chief Edwin OSI Ogunbori,congratulated the Polytechnic fresh graduands for their successes recorded in the various fields of academic endeavors.
Some of the overall best graduand,who spoke on behalf of all the graduands, expressed delight to leave the institution with good results,but charged all the students of the Polytechnic to study harder and shun cultism,indecent dresses and some other social vices that may truncate their lives in the future.
Meanwhile, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Rev.Michael Arimanwa,in his words,expressed satisfaction with the height of academic breakthroughs so far recorded by the Polytechnic management, Staff and Students in the past years and currently.
“We are globally known with excellence, and we are pace setters in our academic endeavors and we shall continue to remain the best in Nigeria. With our recently launched ” Smart Campus” in the Polytechnic, we shall excel both in ICT complaints,Internet wise and in character and learning”,he boasted.
The Rector,however encouraged the graduands to remember to positive impacts in Nigeria as they are going into the labour markets.