CORPS MEMBERS DONATE SIGN POST TO INTERNAL AUDIT
The Personal Community Development Service Project jointly carried out by two corps members, Miss Blessing Ngozi Asiegbu (EB/15B/2880) and Miss Helen Ama Anuma (EB/15B/4072) serving in the Internal Audit Unit of the Polytechnic was commissioned recently at the Internal Audit Unit building. The aim of the signpost is to assist the public in locating the unit with ease.
The project was commissioned by the Rector, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo who was represented by the Deputy Rector Academic, Mr. Samuel E. Onyemachi. He said he appreciated the kind gesture of the corps members and reiterated that the best way to remember people is through the legacy they leave behind. He expressed happiness that the reorientation currently going on in the Polytechnic is being carried out by the youths. Mr. Onyemachi recalled other related projects by other corps members in some parts of the Polytechnic, maintaining that such initiatives are quite commendable. He commended the corps members for living this legacy behind as their own little way of paying back to the Polytechnic and charged them to be of good behaviour even as they will be winding up their service year soon.
Speaking at the occasion, the Polytechnic Chief Internal Auditor, Mr. Emmanuel N. Okeke expressed gratitude to the two corps members: He said the corps members have left their footprints in the sand of time and that the Polytechnic will always remember them for the virtues of hard work, loyalty and obedience which they exhibited in the course of their service year. He maintained that the signpost will make the unit more accessible to the public.
One of the corps members, Miss Blessing Ngozi Asiegbu stated that their gesture was to leave a mark in their immediate Unit. She maintained that what they have done is a legacy that will stand the test of time, pointing that the signpost will ease the problems encountered by people while locating the Unit. On her part, Miss Helen Ama Anuma thanked the Polytechnic Management and staff of the department for providing a good working environment during their service year. She said that their aim of carrying out the project was to thank the Polytechnic Management and called on other corps members to always look for a way of giving back to their areas of primary assignment.
MRS. ONYEMESIM APPOINTED AIFPU WITED CO-ORDINATOR
The Rector of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo has approved the appointment of Mrs. Blessing Ngozi Onyemesim, the current Dean of the School of Business, as the co-ordinator of Women in Technical Education and Employment (WITED), Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana chapter. The appointment takes effect from September 19, 2016.
In the appointment letter signed by the Registrar, Mr. Val. Ik Okafor, the new co-ordinator is expected to apply her leadership qualities and years of experience to effectively project the activities and programmes of WITED in the Polytechnic. WITED is the umbrella body for academic and non-academic women staff in all the Polytechnics in Nigeria. The body is involved in women advocacy towards the education of the girl child, and deepening the interest and career choices of women in Science, Technology and Engineering.
Mrs. Onyemesim, 54, hails from Oru West in Imo State and joined the services of the Polytechnic in the year 2000 as Lecturer 1 and has risen to the position of Chief Lecturer. She is the former Head of the Department of Business Administration and Management, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana. She a one time Council Member of Nigeria Institute of Chartered Brokers representing Higher institution in Nigeria. She has Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Administration. She also has, MBA from Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and M.sc from Abia State University, Uturu .
Mrs. Onyemesim is a member of some professional organizations including the Nigerian Institute of Management. She is also a member of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit (ACTU).
She is happily married with children.
On behalf of the Polytechnic Community, I wish Mrs. Onyemesim a fruitful tenure.
BOOKS WORTH THOUSANDS DONATED TO AKANU IBIAM FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC UNWANA
Computer Engineering books worth thousands of naira have been donated to Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana (AIFPU) by Managing Director of Egele Nigeria Limited, Chief Egwu Inya Akanu-Otu to assuage the problems faced by students and researchers in the Polytechnic in getting hard copies of books.[caption id="attachment_600" align="alignleft" width="300"] Barr.Jammy Okoh; Mr Uchenna Ugboaja (Dean School of Science); Elder Arua Inya Ibiam (Deputy Rector Admin.), Dr.Romanus O.Attama (Polytechnic Librarian) and Chief Egwu Inya Akanu-Otu during the book presentation at the Deputy Rector Admin’s Office on 15/9/2016.[/caption]
In a brief ceremony held at the Deputy Rector’s (Administration) office to hand over the books to the Polytechnic, Chief Akanu-Otu noted that his gesture in donating the books was informed by his understanding of the difficulties in getting hard copies of books in this age of internet in which there is a proliferation of soft copies. He said he was delighted to make the donation as a token of his contribution towards the growth of Computer Science Department of the Polytechnic. He also expressed hope that the books would add to existing pool of reference materials in the department.
Reacting to the gesture, Deputy Rector Administration, Elder Arua Inya Ibiam, who stood in for the Rector, Venerable Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo, thanked the donor for his philanthropic gesture, saying that he must have duly studied the terrain to be able to know what the Polytechnic needs. He said the administration of Ven. Ibe-Enwo has been lucky because it has seen more outsiders showing interest in joining hands to build the Polytechnic. He cited seven youth corps members as part of such contributors and called for more cooperation in building the Polytechnic.
Furthermore, Elder Ibiam urged Chief Akanu-Otu to leverage on his position as a man who travels far and wide to offer more support to the Polytechnic in the area of procurement of useful books. He urged him to liaise with the Polytechnic Librarian in this respect because the approach would enable the polytechnic to save costs on the purchase of books.
The Polytechnic Librarian, Dr. Romanus Okechukwu Attama, appreciated Chief Akanu-Otu for finding it worthy to take part in the development of the Polytechnic. He said that the Polytechnic was not unconscious of the fact that cost of books are very expensive, adding that the gesture showed the level of the interest of the donor towards the development of the Polytechnic. He described the Polytechnic Library as the most beneficiary of the gesture and pledged that the books would be made available to users
The Dean of School of Science, Mr. Uchenna Ugboaja pointed that the books donated were very important for teaching and learning in the department. He also called for more donations from outsiders to complement management’s huge expenditures on books and other learning materials in the Polytechnic.
SUG OFFICIALS OF AIFPU SWORN-IN
The newly elected Student Union Executives to man the affairs of the students for the next academic year have been sworn- in. The inauguration ceremony was held recently at the Polytechnic Lecture Theatre.[caption id="attachment_598" align="alignleft" width="300"] A cross-section of the newly sworn-in SUG Officials[/caption]
Speaking at the occasion, the Rector, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo expressed satisfaction with the peaceful atmosphere under which the SUG elections were conducted and commended the Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. J. K. J. Okonkwo for being instrumental to the free, fair and credible elections. Dr. Ibe-Enwo congratulated the elected excos on their victory and urged them to diligently discharge their duties adding that their victory is a call to duty. The Rector stated that he was confident that the new president will work to the upliftment of the students, while maintaining a cordial relationship with the Polytechnic Management.
Venerable Ibe-Enwo enjoined the new excos to maintain the legacy of peaceful coexistence among students which their immediate predecessors laid adding that the importance of a peaceful atmosphere can only be appreciated when there are problems. He assured the students that the epileptic power supply in the hostels will soon be a thing of the past as plans are under way to ensure a steady supply of electricity within the Polytechnic and that the proposal for the renovation of the SUG Secretariat has been approved and work would soon commence. Dr. Ibe-Enwo, however, reiterated the Polytechnic’s zero tolerance for cultism and examination malpractices adding that anti-social behaviors will attract disciplinary actions. He therefore, advised students to be of good behavior as they pursue their studies since their Diplomas will be awarded if they are found worthy in character and learning.
On his part, the Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. J. K. J. Okonkwo expressed gratitude to the Rector for providing a conducive environment for SUG elections pointing out that the reason for the gathering was the outcome of a generally peaceful, credible, free and fair election. Dr. Okonkwo urged the new officials to live up to expectation maintaining that to whom much is given, much is expected. Barrister P. O. Okorie administered the oath of office to the new executives.
In his handover speech, the outgoing SUG president, Hon. Nkama Chijioke Elechi thanked the Management for providing a level playing ground for all contestants and urged those that lost to accept the defeat in good faith. Hon. Elechi pointed out his achievements to include the amendment of the SUG constitution, securing of Management’s approval for the renovation of the dilapidated SUG secretariat, purchase of a Toyota Sienna Mini Van among others. He said his administration encountered many challenges but was able to overcome because God was on their side and urged students to support the new administration.
The outgoing SUG speaker, Hon. Chukwu Cletus Ifesinachi commended the Management for the enabling environment given them to serve. He said that the outgoing administration performed excellently as it organized numerous conferences that impacted meaningfully on the students in the course of their academic pursuit. On his part, the outgoing SUG Chief Judge, Justice Oko Chinemerem maintained that the judiciary is the last hope for the commoners and urged the incoming Chief Judge to ensure that justice, equity and fairness reign supreme and to discharge his duties without fear or favour.
In his acceptance speech, the incoming SUG president, Hon. Ipere Desmond Nnaemeka who spoke on behalf of the new officials, thanked the students for their support during the polls and promised to live up to their expectation. He assured them that his administration will work closely with the Management for the development of the Polytechnic and called on students to give them full support to get the best from them. He promised to discharge his duties with dispatch, loyalty and dedication.
The inauguration ceremony was very well attended. Dignitaries in attendance were Deputy Rector Academic, Mr. Samuel Ejikeme Onyemachi; Deputy Rector Administration, Elder A. I. Ibiam; the Registrar, Mr. Val Ik Okafor; Polytechnic Librarian, Dr. R. O. Attamah; Director, Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Dr. O. Ihemmadu; Director, Continuing Professional Development Centre, Engr. P. D. I. Ndubuisi; Barrister P. O. Okorie; Student Affairs Officer, Mr. Emeka Okorie; SUG Presidents of Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu; Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki; Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo and Ebonyi State College of Health Sciences, Ezzangbo; both the outgoing and incoming SUG officials and others.
CORPERS DONATE EQUIPMENT TO AIFPU
The Community Development Service Projects (CDSP) undertaken by two corps members currently serving in the Public Relations Unit of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana have been commissioned at the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Complex of the Polytechnic. The pet projects which were simultaneously carried out included two (2) sets of Publicity (Bill) Board and 2.9 KVA Summec Generator Set donated by Miss. Onyemesiri Chinenye and a Photocopier also donated by Mr. Nwachukwu Ifeanyi Obioma to enhance the unit’s performance of its statutory functions within the Polytechnic.[caption id="attachment_596" align="alignleft" width="300"] From left, Mr Chukwu Ugwueze, rep. of N.Y.S.C. State Co-ordinator, Mr. I.C. Obi representing the Rector, Mrs Adline Oly Okeke , Head ,PRU and the donors, Miss. Onyemesiri Chinenye and. Mr. Nwachukwu Ifeanyi Obioma[/caption]
Unveiling the projects, the Rector, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo ably represented by Mr. I. C. Obi commended the corps members for effective service to their father land adding that such projects are quite impressive and commendable. He disclosed that Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana is one of the highest absorbers of corps members in the state as it has engaged not less than one hundred (100) corps members in the current service year. He urged the corps members to always maintain the good behaviours as exemplified even as they would wind up their service year soonest and charged them to go to the labour market with such positive mindset. He maintained that the gesture is not a case of what the Institution can do for you but what you can do for the Institution. Mr. Obi enjoined other corps members to positively emulate them.
In receiving the equipment, the Head, Public Relations Unit, Mrs. Adline Oly Okeke expressed gratitude to the corps members for the kind gesture stating that they are the best corps members ever posted to the Unit. She described them as enterprising, hardworking, enduring and resourceful and called on others to borrow a leaf from Mr. Ifeanyi Nwachukwu and Miss. Chinenye Onyemesiri as a way of giving back to the Polytechnic and the society. Mrs. Okeke expressed hope that through the magnanimity of the corps members, the work of the Public Relations Unit will be made much easier and promised that the equipment would be judiciously used and guarded.
Commissioning the projects, the State Coordinator NYSC Ebonyi State, Mrs. Gladys Mbachi represented by Mr. Chukwu Ugwueze who doubled as the Assistant Local Government Inspector applauded the corps members for the laudable initiatives and sounded a warning note to other corps members that pet projects should not be funded with borrowed money rather with the savings from their monthly stipend. Mr. Ugwueze maintained that being frugal in the expenditure of their stipend is part of the orientation given to all corps members and asked others to come up with imparting projects as a way of giving back to their areas of Primary Assignment. He commended the Management of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana for giving the corps members a safe and secured environment to serve and urged management to maintain the tempo. He charged the corps members to shun acts capable of leading to extension of their service year.
Speaking on behalf of the donors, Mr. Nwachukwu Ifeanyi thanked the Polytechnic Management and the entire staff of Public Relations Unit for giving them an enabling environment to serve adding that their stay in the unit has been worthwhile. The donors maintained that the donation became necessary following the observed difficulties encountered by the unit while discharging its duties and called for proper use of the equipment to complement their good intentions.
Other dignitaries who graced the commissioning ceremony were Mr. E.C. Eboh, Deputy Registrar (FOIA), Mrs. V.N.Ikeagwuani, staff, serving and out-going corps members of the polytechnic and outsiders.
RECTOR ADVOCATES PRACTICAL APPROACH TO TERTIARY EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
The Rector of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Venerable Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo has expressed the hope that the capacity development and skill acquisition training recently held for staff and graduating students of the Polytechnic would direct the mindset of the participants towards engagement in critical thinking and problem-solving ventures.
Dr. Ibe-Enwo made the remark at the closing ceremony for the programme in which he was represented by Deputy Rector Academics, Mr. Samuel Onyemachi.
Dr. Ibe-Enwo advocates that education, particularly in tertiary institutions, should be practical oriented. He faulted the foundation of the nation’s academic system for the fact that it encourages literacy and de-emphasizes acquisition of problem solving skills which allows students to develop their creative capacities. He thanked the Director of the Polytechnic’s Continuing Professional Development Centre (CPDC) Engr. P.D.I Ndubuisi for his initiative to organize the training programme. He also commended the Director of Armstrong Dynamic Company, Port-Harcourt for yielding to the call to conduct the training in the Polytechnic. He expressed the optimism that participants had been equipped to engage in productive ventures after graduating instead of wasting time in fruitless search for white collar jobs.
Similarly, the leader of the trainers and Director of Armstrong Dynamic Company, Port-Harcourt, Mr. Godswill L. Dickson, who is an alumnus of AIFPU, reiterated that the programme was designed to put food on participants’ tables and to make them employers. He said his profitable experience since he acquired the skills after graduating from AIFPU was instrumental to his decision to bring the knowledge back to the Polytechnic to share it with both staff and students so that they too could profit from it. He said he noticed joy in the participants which showed they appreciated what they had learnt and encouraged them to always strive for the best.
Earlier, chairman of the ceremony Dr. J.K.J Okonkwo had, in his opening remarks, wished the participants good luck in their newfound knowledge. While emphasizing that skill acquisition was important in view of the present economic situation, he said he envied the participants for the skills they have acquired because it would help them to weather the storm in these difficult times.
One of the participants, Miss Christiana Nnenna Oko Ewa of Accountancy Department, thanked the Polytechnic management for the training. She pleaded that more programmes of similar content should be conducted for students constantly to pave way for self employment after graduation.
While giving the vote of thanks, Engr. Ndubuisi announced that over 6000 students benefited from the training. He encouraged participants to put the knowledge they had acquired into practice, boasting that he had no fears they would excel if they do so.
AIFPU DECENTRALIZE SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
The Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana has decentralized examinations in the school. In a circular signed by the Registrar of the Polytechnic, Mr. Val Okafor, the authorities of the Institution said the decentralization of examination was as a result of the acceptance of the recommendations of the Committee on Decentralization of Semester Examinations set-up by the Academic Board of the Institution which sat on January, 6th, 2016.
The decentralization of examinations in the institution has been a thorny issue for years and has engendered debates among stakeholders in the Polytechnic.
The new directive also makes the HODs responsible for the safe custody of the examination materials as well as serving as examination supervisors in collaboration with Deans of Schools and Directors. Course lecturers are also to serve as Chief Invigilators in their own courses while HODs are to source for additional invigilators where necessary in collaboration with Deans of schools to ensure effective invigilation of examinations.The circular stipulates that henceforth, “all Academic Departments shall undertake the conduct of their semester examinations while the Heads of Departments shall be responsible for receiving examination questions from their lecturers, type and produce them in required quantities for their examinations. The logistics for the mass production of examination materials (where necessary) shall now be undertaken by the HODs in collaboration with the Academic Registry (Exams)”.
However Examination Time Table shall still be prepared and produced centrally by the Academic Registry (Exams) in collaboration with the Space and Time Committee and Academic Departments are to comply with the scheduled Examination Time Table for the conduct of examinations.
RECTOR INFORMS STAFF TO EXPECT CHANGES DUE TO TSA
The Rector of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana (AIFPU) Venerable Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo has informed staff of the Polytechnic to expect payments that were not captured in the approved salaries structure for polytechnics to be scrapped because government is poised to implement the harmonized salaries structure for polytechnics all over the nation. He said the measure was in the interest of the nation because it is to ensure prudence in governance by cutting costs on recurrent expenditure to improve capital expenditure.
Dr. Ibe-Enwo gave the information at the 3rd Workers Forum under his administration as Rector of the Polytechnic which was dominated by discussion on harmonized salary structure and new government policy as they affect security, cleaners, and staff schools personnel. He said some polytechnics’ managements have internal arrangements in which certain allowances were approved for staff based on staff unions’ agitations, noting that such could not be sustained under new government policies. He observed that the country would never develop if personnel cost is more than capital budget, hence the government has introduced the Treasury Single Account (TSA) to bring sanity into the system. The TSA policy, according to him, requires the Polytechnic to remit all its revenues into TSA and then re-access through a process to service its expenditures.
The Rector disclosed that government has also directed all tertiary institutions in the country to fund their staff schools from Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) rather than from the Consolidated Funds as it used to be. He said efforts have reached top gear by the Polytechnic Management to privatize the schools and appoint a board to run them in compliance with the directive. He said the same directive also applies to security and cleaning personnel but noted that management was making efforts alongside heads of other institutions to get government to rethink considering that the two categories of personnel offer essential services. He therefore urged staff unions to also engage in peaceful dialogue with government on the matter.
In his contribution Engr. Emmanuel Nwangwu dwelt on the matter of the new government policies, pointing out they could bring grave consequences like making the Polytechnic which he described as a community uninhabitable and vulnerable. He lauded Rectors’ attempt under the umbrella of Conference of Heads of Polytechnics in Nigeria (COHEADS) to negotiate with government on the issues, saying such effort would go a long way in making a difference.
Chairman of the Polytechnic’s chapter of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP), Mr. Innocent Agha repeated the plea concerning the personnel, but lamented government introduction of TSA, saying it came as punishment to AIFPU staff in particular. He decried past Polytechnic Management’s quick implementation of government’s ‘’inhuman’’ policies, advising Dr. Ibe-Enwo to be more cautious now that he’s at the helm.
The SSANIP chairman further expressed concern over the true state of Poly Consult since it was established. He said it was absurd that the body was yet to convene its maiden annual general meeting thereby putting investors in the dark regarding their investments. He therefore called on the Management to prevail on the body to respond with immediate effect.
In response to other questions fielded by staff at the interactive forum, Dr. Ibe-Enwo assured that the leaking roof of new Lecture Theatre including some failed parts of the Polytechnic new road would be fixed. Having directed Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Education, Dr. O.C Ihemadu to address the issue of the state of the Poly Consult, he urged the staff to agree with Ihemadu’s explanation that the matter would be handled at the appropriate forum which is AGM.
Dr. Ibe-Enwo explained that the problems presently being experienced on WiFi connection were caused by technical hitches and that efforts were currently underway to address them. He said that the Polytechnic management is making efforts to include the operational costs of the WiFi in 2016 budget and that staff may no longer have to pay once the budget sails through. He said the present fiscal policy of government had put the annual Christmas package enjoyed by staff in unsustainable position, saying they could no longer be guaranteed after his management might have struggled to make them available this year. He therefore called for understanding among the staff, saying the problem is not peculiar to AIFPU.
AIFPU AND FUTO IN AFFILIATION AGREEMENT[caption id="attachment_573" align="alignnone" width="300"] The vice- chancellor of FUTO, Prof. C. Asiabaka (represented by the DVC Acad, Prof. O. Ogbobe) seated centre, the Rector, AIFPU, Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo ( seated right of the VC) with the Deputy Rector Acad, Mr. Samuel Onyemachi while the Registrar, AIFPU, Mr. Val IK Okafor(standing) introduces the Polytechnic Team.[/caption]
The drive by the Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana for affiliation and collaboration with other reputable higher institutions got a boost recently when the Rector of the Institution led members of his Management team and other senior staff of the Polytechnic on official visit to the Federal University of Technology (FUTO) Owerri in furtherance of the Polytechnic’s drive for affiliation. The team included the Registrar, Mr. Val Ik Okafor, the Bursar, Mr. M. A Azubuike, the Deputy Rector Academic, Mr. Samuel Onyemachi, the Director of the Directorate of Affiliation, Collaboration, and Linkages, Mr. A. A. Esonwune, the Director of Academic Planning, Dr. F. U. Attah, the Deputy Director of the Directorate of Affiliation, Collaboration, and Linkages, Mr. Justice Ekwueme, the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. J.K.J Okonkwo and the Dean, school of General Studies, Dr. Ngozi Anyachokeya.
The Polytechnic team was received by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor C. C. Asiabaka who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor O. Ogbobe. Also in attendance were the Registrar of the University, Mr. Orje Ishegh-Nor, the Bursar, Mr. D.O Nwokecha, the University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Chinwe V. Anunobi. Others included the Director of the University’s Directorate of Linkages and Advancement, Professor I.J. Ogoke and the Dean, SEET, Engr. Professor G. I. Nwandikom.
Speaking during the meeting, the Rector told the host that the Polytechnic wants to give her students a window through which they can aspire to higher degrees without passing through the current system of doing post graduate diplomas. He informed the Vice-Chancellor that the Polytechnic is working towards awarding bachelor of Technology degrees in the departments it is seeking affiliation with FUTO such as Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Surveying and Geoinformatics, Quantity Surveying, Agricultural Technology, Computer Science, and Ceramics and Glass Technology. He said the Polytechnic had undertaken the visit to FUTO to show that it meant business to get affiliated to the University.
In his response to the Rector’s speech, the Vice-Chancellor said he was delighted to host the Polytechnic team for the business of collaboration between the two institutions. He recalled that the University team had waited for the Polytechnic team in the past but was disappointed that the team did not honour the meeting. He said he was hopeful that the new energy being directed towards collaboration between the two sister institutions will be sustained for the mutual benefit of the two parties. He informed the Polytechnic team that FUTO prides itself as a pace setter which necessitated the designation of the University as a Centre of Excellence by the Federal Government in 2011.
Also speaking during the occasion, the Dean of SEET, Engr. Professor Nwandikom said that the University would want to marry the syllabuses of the two institutions as a starting point and then see where there is need for amendments. He informed the Polytechnic team that FUTO does not have Ceramics and Glass Technology as a department but runs some courses connected with ceramics and glass technology as the University has experts in that field.
The Director of the Directorate of Affiliation, Collaboration, and Linkages, Mr. A. A. Esonwune told the FUTO team that the Polytechnic would need the syllabus of the University to run the Polytechnic courses in specific fields.
The meeting concluded by agreeing to constitute a joint team involving their Directorates of Affiliation and Collaboration to iron out the grey areas in their programme contents and to chart the way forward for further meetings and consultations.
The highlight of the visit was a group photograph of the two teams after the meeting.
RECTOR INFORMS STAFF TO EXPECT CHANGES DUE TO TSA
The Rector of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana (AIFPU), Venerable Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo has informed staff of the Polytechnic to expect payments that were not captured in the approved salaries structure for polytechnics to be scrapped because government is poised to implement the harmonized salary structure for polytechnics all over the nation. He said the measure was in the interest of the nation because it is to ensure prudency in governance by cutting costs on recurrent expenditure to improve capital expenditure.
Dr. Ibe-Enwo gave the information at the 3rd Workers Forum under his administration as Rector of the Polytechnic which was dominated by discussion on harmonized salary structure and new government policies as they affect security, cleaners and staff schools personnel. He said some polytechnics’ managements had internal arrangements in which certain allowances were approved for staff based on staff unions’ agitations, noting that such could not be sustained under the new government policies. The TSA policy, according to him, requires the Polytechnic to remit all its revenues into TSA and then re-access through a process to service its expenditures.
The Rector disclosed that government has also directed all tertiary institutions in the country to fund their staff schools from Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) rather than from the Consolidated Funds as it used to be or outsource it. He said efforts have reached advanced stage by the Polytechnic Management to privatize the schools and appoint a board to run them in compliance with the directive. He said the same directive also applies to security and cleaning personnel but noted that management was making efforts alongside heads of other institutions to get government to re-think considering that the two are essential to the wellbeing and security of the institutions. He therefore urged staff unions to also engage in peaceful dialogue with government on the matter.
In his contribution, Engr. Emmanuel Nwangwu dwelt on the matters of new government policies pointing out the grave consequences such could cause, such as making the Polytechnic which he described as a community, uninhabitable and vulnerable. He lauded Rectors’ attempt under the umbrella of Conference of Heads of Polytechnics in Nigeria (COHEADS) to negotiate with government on the issues, saying such effort would go a long way in making a difference.
Chairman of the Polytechnic’s chapter of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP), Mr. Innocent Agha reiterated the plea concerning personnel. He also lamented government’s introduction of TSA, saying it came as punishment to AIFPU staff in particular. He decried past Polytechnic Management’s quick implementation of government’s ‘’inhumane’’ policies, advising the Rector to be more cautious now that he’s at the helm.
The SSANIP chairman further expressed concern over the true state of Poly Consult since it was established. He said it was absurd that the body was yet to convene its maiden annual general meeting thereby putting investors in the dark regarding their investments. He therefore called on the Management to prevail on the body to respond with immediate effect.
In response to other questions fielded from staff at the interactive forum, Dr. Ibe-Enwo assured that the leaking roof of new Lecture Theatre including some failed parts of the Polytechnic new road would be fixed. Having directed Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Education, Dr. O.C Ihemadu to address the issue of the state of the Poly Consult, he urged the staff to agree with Ihemadu’s explanation that the matter would be handled at the appropriate forum which is AGM.
Dr. Ibe-Enwo explained that the problems presently being experienced on WiFi connection were caused by technical hitches and that efforts were currently underway to address them. He said that the Polytechnic management is making efforts to include the operational costs of the WiFi in 2016 budget and that staff may no longer have to pay once the budget sails through. He said the present fiscal policy of government had put the annual Christmas package enjoyed by staff in jeopardy, saying they could no longer be guaranteed after this year. He therefore called for understanding among the staff, saying the problem is not peculiar to AIFPU.
AIFPU RECEIVES AFFLIATION TEAM FROM MOUAU
The quest by Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana for educational collaboration with other tertiary institutions within and outside the country is beginning to bear fruit with the formal visit and inspection of the Polytechnic facilities by a team of experts from the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU). The visit and inspection was at the instance of the Directorate of Affiliation, Collaboration, and Linkages (DACOL) of the Polytechnic.
The MOUAU team was led by Prof P. N. Okafor(Director, Academic Planning, MOUAU). Others in the team included Dr. I. A. Okoro (Associate Professor and Head of Department of Chemistry, MOUAU),Dr V. C. Eze (Associate Professor and Head of Department of Microbiology, MOUAU),and Dr. P .E . Mbah (Associate Professor and Head of Department of Hospitality Management and Tourism, MOUAU). The team was earlier received at the Rector’s Conference room by the Deputy Rector (Administration), Mr. A. Inya Ibiam who stood in for the Rector. Mr. Val. IK Okafor (Registrar), Mr. Anacletus Esonwune (Director, DACOL), Mr. J. K. J. Okonkwo (Dean, Students Affairs) and Mrs. Adline Okeke (Public Relations Officer) were also in attendance.
In his opening remarks, the Director of DACOL, Mr. Anacletus Esonwune said the occasion was remarkable for the Polytechnic as it was the first time the Institution was receiving a team from another institution for the purpose of collaboration and exchange of programmes. He said he was happy as the visit signified that the Directorate has been doing its job to fulfill its mandate.
In his speech, the leader of the team, Prof. P. N. Okafor said the visit was in fulfillment of the wish of the Vice-Chancellor of MOUAU for the integration and close collaboration of higher institutions in the Eastern geopolitical zone of the country. He said the Vice-Chancellor was eager to see that the quest for the collaboration with the Polytechnic bears fruit within a very short time. He assured the Polytechnic that his team will do its job thoroughly to ensure that the process is fast tracked to the next level. He explained further that the process of affiliation has two phases which the Polytechnic will have to fulfill. He disclosed that the team came austensibly to interact with the staff and to find out the state of readiness of the Polytechnic in terms of the structures on ground for the take off of the affiliation programmes.
After opening ceremony, the team visited some departments which had been slated for affiliation with MOUAU to ascertain the level of structures on ground. The team was led on the tour by the Director of DACOL, Mr. Anacletus Esonwune. The departments visited included Math/Statistics, Laboratory Technology, Food Technology, and Hospitality Management and Tourism.
The Director of DACOL, Mr. Anacletus Esonwune thanked the team and reiterated the desire of the Polytechnic to reach out to the outside world starting with MOUAU in order to make the institution a centre of excellence in Nigeria.
EGBULE APPOINTED HEADMISTRESS STAFF PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Rector, Rev. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo has approved the appointment of Mrs. Akunna Roseline Egbule as the new Headmistress of Staff Primary School with effect from October 1, 2015.The appointment is for a period of two (2) years and may be renewed subject to satisfactory performance.
In her letter of appointment signed by the Registrar, Mrs. Egbule’s duties include administration, teaching and any other duties that may be assigned to her by the Rector or Head of Department. The letter further states that Mrs. Egbule is expected to bring her years of experience and leadership qualities to inspire the staff under her to work with more vigour towards the growth and attainment of the Staff School’s goal of excellence.
Mrs. Egbule attended St. Michael’s R.C.M Primary School, Ihiagwa, Owerri West, Imo State where she obtained her First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1971 and proceeded to Ovom Girl’s High School, Aba, Abia State where she obtained her West African Examination Council (WAEC) in 1977. She later attended Bishop Lasbery T. T. C. Irete, Owerri, where she obtained her TCII certificate in 1979. She also attended the Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri and obtained her Associateship Certificate in Education (ACE). She proceeded to Anambra Federal Polytechnic, Oko, where she got her National Certificate in Education (N.C.E) in Educational Technology/Biology, in 1990.
She thereafter went to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she obtained her Bachelor of Education degree (B.Ed) in 2002 in Biology Education with option in Botany.
Mrs. Egbule is a member of Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN) and Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN). Her hobbies include gardening, handball, and sewing. Mrs. Egbule, 57, is married with children.
On behalf of the Polytechnic Community I congratulate Mrs. Egbule and wish her a happy tenure.
The Rector, Rev. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo has approved the appointment of Mr. Emmanuel Inyama Okereke as the principal of Staff Secondary School with effect from October 1, 2015. The appointment is for a period of two (2) years and may be renewed subject to satisfactory performance. Mr. Okereke, until his appointment was the vice-principal of the school.
In his letter of appointment signed by the Registrar, Mr. Okereke’s duties include administration, teaching and any other duty that may be assigned by the Rector or Head of Department. He is expected to give the required leadership to inspire the staff to work towards the attainment of the Staff School’s goal of excellence.
Mr. Okereke attended Central School, Azuebonyi, Idembia between 1970-1974 where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1974, Federal Teacher’s College, Uturu where he obtained his Teacher Grade II Certificate in 1983. He also holds the General Certificate in Education (1986), Associate Certificate in Education (ACE) in Agricultural Science Education (2001), Bachelor of Science Degree (B. Sc) in Agricultural Science Education (2001) Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Agric Extension from Abia State University, Uturu, (2011).
His teaching subjects include General Agricultural Science and Health and Physical Education (HPE). His hobbies include swimming, wrestling, gymnastics, farming, and reading.
Mr. Okereke is a member of Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria, National Science Teachers Association of Nigeria, National Sports Association of Nigeria, and the Young Farmers Club of Nigeria.
Mr. Okereke, 50, is married with children.
On behalf of the Polytechnic Community, I congratulate Mr. Okereke and wish him a happy tenure.
MRS. ADLINE OLY OKEKE
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
AIFPU ORGANIZES FIRST SECURITY WORKSHOP[caption id="attachment_561" align="alignnone" width="300"] A Cross-Section of the Security Personnel during the workshop[/caption]
The Management of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana in collaboration with Phriams Group Consultants recently organized a two-day Security Workshop held at the institution’s Council Chambers. The aim of the workshop was to educate security personnel on campus security.
In his opening remark, the Rector, Venerable Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo said it was imperative to understand the “nexus between crime, and intelligent gathering”. He encouraged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the workshop to better understand the security challenges in our society. He enjoined them to co-operate with the experts, and listen attentively in order to be better equipped at the end of the workshop. He said the workshop came at the most appropriate time in the nation’s quest for increased security and the present administration’s drive to overcome the national security challenges. He commended the security men for the progress recorded so far in curbing security threat on campus.
In his key note address, Professor Ezeanyika Samuel described security as everybody’s business adding that the primary responsibility of every college and the host community is to ensure secure and dynamic environment for students, staff and visitors to enhance teaching and learning.
In a paper titled “College Security Versus Community Policing”, SP Onugu Uchenna explained that College Security and Community Policing were inseparable variables that are necessary for the achievement of a near- crime- free academic community environment in order to build a sound minded individual with the aim of attaining economic emancipation, political awareness and social regeneration.
Delivering a paper on “Campus Surveillance, Intelligence Gathering and Report Writing For Effective School Security Management”, Dr. Francis E.Olisa described security as safety from harm with different dimensions in Psychology, public safety, defense or military matter. He said surveillance could be done using Digital, analogue, or manual systems which help in Detection, Alarms, Access Control, Communication and information management among others. According to him, the device and method to employ depends on Area of Coverage, Institution Structural Design, Number of Students and Academic Programme Structure.
In another paper titled “Preventing Cultism and Effective Management of Intelligence information in campuses”, Professor Ezeanyika, Samuel described cultism as a system of religious or spiritual beliefs especially in informal or transient system regarded by others as misguided, unorthodox, extreme or false and directed by a charismatic or authoritarian leader. He identified reasons why students join cults to include; broken homes, identity crisis, and peer influence among others pointing out that proactive security system will help in possible prevention and control of cultism. According to him, intelligence information in campuses will go a long way in curbing the menace. The workshop which lasted for two days had the campus security personnel in attendance.
AIFPU HOSTS ASUP NEC MEETING
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) recently held its 82nd National Executive Council meeting at Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Afikpo, Ebonyi State.[caption id="attachment_559" align="alignnone" width="300"] A cross –section of NEC Executives during its 82nd National Executive Council Meeting[/caption]
In his opening remark, the host Rector, Venerable Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo observed that, he was privileged to be the first Rector to host ASUP-NEC meeting in our great Institution. He commended the important roles ASUP has played in its quest for educational excellence in the country. He added that ASUP as one of the pre-eminent stakeholders in the educational sector in Nigeria, especially Polytechnic education, has significantly impacted on the national consciousness the need for a vibrant, viable, and invigorated technical and vocational education. He commended the Union for having lived up-to her responsibility especially in the trying times of the past industrial actions.
The Rector disclosed that the ASUP Chapter of the institution has ensured that high quality polytechnic education remains paramount as attested to by the reports from the labour market concerning its products. He asserted that the management of the institution has always maintained cordial working relationship with the union over the years, adding that ASUP, Unwana Chapter, has been a constructive agent and partner -in- progress in the Polytechnic. He affirmed that the rapport between management and the Union was led to finding solutions to challenges facing the institution stressing that the present management will sustain and improve on the existing relationship with ASUP.
Disclosing some of the current challenges and the need to have paradigm shift for better results especially with the prevailing change policy of the Federal Government, he advocated shifting of focus to constructive dialogue to avoid incessant industrial actions that disrupt the academic calendar. He enjoined them to evolve a more robust strategy of engagement to all stakeholders to avoid the mistake of the past where issues agitating the union were not properly understood by all pointing out the need to explore more imaginative and strategic solutions instead of being reactive in dealing with issues bedeviling the Polytechnic Sector. He enumerated these issues to include the continued discrimination against HND graduates, poor funding of Polytechnic education, and government’s unwillingness to allow the polytechnic to award Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) Degrees.
He urged the union to come up with ideas that will spur the government into action towards making technical and vocational education in Nigeria competitive with global standard.
The National President of ASUP, Mr. Chibuzo Asomugha in his address described the NEC meeting as historical as it was the first time Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic was hosting NEC meeting and even more remarkable as it was his last formal NEC meeting as the National President of ASUP.
Mr. Asomugha acknowledged the changes in the Polytechnic in the last four years and attributed them to the past regime. He admonished the present Rector to double whatever the past administration had achieved. He described ASUP as a union that understands management, stressing that the union is greater than any single person and should therefore work in one accord to overcome its challenges.
In his remark, the ASUP Chairman, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Mr. Marcellus Mark O.Eze, affirmed the historical nature of the NEC Meeting and described the occasion as a privilege and an opportunity to welcome delegates to the ancient kingdom of Afikpo. He thanked his colleagues for electing him the chapter chairman and appreciated the contributions of Veteran unionists who laid the foundation for the present day ASUP.
He thanked the Rector and the school management for their support in hosting the NEC Meeting.
FORMER PRINCIPAL OFFICERS HONOURED
The Polytechnic Management organized a send-off party in honour of the five (5) principal officers namely: Elder U. O. Ugwuogu, Dr. M. I. Anuna, Engr. E. Igweonu, Dr. F. U. Attah and Engr. (Dr.) O. C. Ihemmadu. The occasion took place at the Rector’s Conference room in honour of the principal officers (celebrates) who have served the polytechnic in various capacities using their wealth of experience and knowledge.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Rector, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo welcomed the guests for honouring the invitation. In his brief speech, the Rector described the celebrants as men of integrity of inestimable value. He advised for similar occasions that the celebrants should endeavour to come with their spouses to relax and enjoy so as to give the occasion a difference from that of the normal officious office mood.
In their goodwill speeches; the Registrar commended the distinguished celebrants who have served the Polytechnic in various capacities at different times for serving the institution with their might and wealth of knowledge. He thanked them for the contributions and sacrifices they have made during their tenures in office before handing the baton of service to the incumbent principal officers. The Registrar praised the celebrants for bearing the weight of the Polytechnic and serving excellently well. He prayed God to give the celebrants more strength and good health to serve selflessly in their new offices.
The Dean of Business Studies, Mrs. B. N. Onyemesim thanked the celebrants for their successful tenure in office. In her speech, the Dean of Business Studies reiterated that the former Librarian, Elder U. O. Ugwuogu helped the institution during its accreditation by the manner of its arrangement. She equally praised the two (2) past Deputy Rectors (Admin. and Academic), Engr. E. Igweonu and Dr. F. U. Attah brought a lot of change in the academic board during their tenure in office. She mentioned that in the past the Deans and HODs find it difficult to release results at the right time but quickly added that it was during the above-named person’s tenure that students’ results were released on time to the surprise and admiration of all. The Dean prayed God to bless them exceedingly and prayed them not to relent in advising the Deans, HODs, etc when they come running to them.
In his goodwill speech, Dr. Ngozi Anachonkeya thanked the Rector for organizing the occasion. He appreciated the celebrants for the selfless service they rendered during their tenures in office.
Mr. J. K. J. Okonkwo, Mr. Uchenna Ugboaja and Mr. Esonwune praised and thanked the celebrants for the roles they played during their tenures in Management.
During the presentation of gifts to the celebrants, the Chief Host of the occasion, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo invited Mrs. B. N. Onyemesim to help him in presenting the gifts to the celebrants so as to give the session a feminine touch. The gifts were presented to Elder U. O. Ugwuogu, Dr. M. I. Anuna, Dr. F. U. Attah and Engr. (Dr.) O. C. Ihemmadu amidst clicking of cameras.
During the response from the celebrants, Dr. M. I. Anuna said that he was delighted being unavoidably present for the occasion. He mentioned that he has served the institution for thirty-three (33) years and during these years no occasion as this has ever been organized in honour of former management members of the institution. He however thanked whoever that motivated the idea and advised the incumbent management members to uphold peace in their dealings both with fellow colleagues and students. In his remark, Engr. (Dr.) O. C. Ihemmadu advised that whenever one is given a position; he/she should see such as an opportunity to serve and not to exploit or loot public fund. He stressed on the fact that the people called to serve should be fair and firm, avoid the problem of Atiku and Obasanjo and learn to render the service as unto the good Lord. He later advised that just like the previous Rector, Prof. Francis O. Otunta set the goal post so that both the referee and observers will know when the goal is scored; that those who are called to serve should borrow a leaf from Prof. and learn not to rush into conclusion on any person or any situation without applying the principle of ‘wait till when you get to the bridge’. Finally during the response from the celebrants, Dr. U. O. Ugwuogu mentioned that he has served for ten (10) years as a management member and as such the longest served management member. He mentioned that the Bible encourages appreciation and as such the occasion is in tandem with the Holy Book. He finally mentioned that the occasion is something to appreciate their efforts while in service and he feels it is part of the script God has for them (celebrants).
The celebrants led the way to the refreshment table which was graced with fruits, food and drinks.
The Registrar in his vote of thanks to all mentioned that it has been a lovely evening spent in a good and relaxed atmosphere. He thanked the Rector and Management for exercising the initiative for the out-gone executive officers who have served in various capacities. He equally thanked the celebrants for honouring the invitation and went on to thank the Rector for approving the budget for the send-off party and finally thanked the Deputy-Rector (Admin.) for directing the Polytechnic Guest House to serve the sumptuous meal.
The Send-off Party/Appreciation Day ceremony was well attended by Deans and Directors who make up the Management team of the institution.
FRESH GRADUANDS OF AIFPU STAFF SCHOOLS SENT OFF IN GRAND STYLE
Administrators of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Staff Schools in conjunction with the Polytechnic Management organized the 2015 edition of the schools’ annual Prize-Giving Day and Send-off party. The latest edition, which held in the Primary Section of the staff schools, was in honour of the out-gone 2014/2015 graduands of Primary pupils and Secondary School Students.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Rector, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo represented by the Deputy Rector (Admin) and Manager, Staff Schools, Elder Arua Inya Ibiam noted that every end of an epoch marks the beginning of another, adding that the ceremony marked the end of the graduands’ sojourn in the staff schools even as it paves the way for their journey into higher learning.
The Rector describes education at the staff primary as foundation for higher learning. He expressed joy for seeing children of the high and low mingling to pursue the basic level of education at the school, maintaining that the days were gone when education was for the privileged few. He, therefore, extolled parents and guardians for all the sacrifices they made in bringing their children to AIFPU Staff Schools, describing the gesture as being informed by their understanding of the value of education especially in the 22nd century.
The Rector reiterated that the choice of AIFPU Staff Schools by parents was an indication of their understanding that the schools have the standard to offer quality education at both Primary and Secondary school levels. He assured that the children have been well nurtured to fit perfectly into the next level of their academic life which will form bedrock of their future careers. He noted that Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana has academic programmes in professional areas and enjoined parents and guardians to send their wards to the Polytechnic for quality education which would assist them to become professionals in different fields of their choice.
In her address, Principal of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana Staff Secondary School, Mrs. Hope N. Arihilam, said the occasion was mapped out for recognition of excellence in both academic learning and character of the students who have distinguished themselves in various subjects and moral disciplines. She asserted that the ceremony, over the years, has encouraged the weaker students to work harder in order to attain an acceptable standard.
Mrs. Arihilam appreciated the Rector’s love, care, support and promise which have helped to keep the flag of the school flying. She acknowledged that some friends of the school had joined efforts to institute the yearly prizes in recognition of excellence in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Food and Nutrition among others. She recounted the success of the school to include the success of 39 out of the 44 students who sat for both WAEC and NECO in 2014 Passed their papers. She expressed gratitude to the Polytechnic management led by Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo for the timely response to the needs of the school which included a brand new luxury bus, nursery/crèche, air conditioners, and especially staff promotions as at when due. She also commended friends of the school for being faithful in redeeming their pledges which had ensured that the yearly prize-giving event was achieved. Having paid special tribute to the immediate past Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Francis Ogbonnia Otunta for setting the pace in lifting the school to an enviable height, she called on the Polytechnic management and well-wishers to come to the rescue of the school to tackle some of its challenges.
Also speaking, Headmistress of Staff Primary School Mrs. V.N Ikeagwuani reechoed Mrs. Arihilam’s statement on the importance of the occasion and identified the various subjects and areas of moral discipline in which friends of the school had been partnering to reward pupils. She emphasized that pupils of the school have distinguished themselves in various examinations into both private and public schools all over the country, including extra-curricular activities involving sports and cultural performances. She attributed the success the school has so far recorded to the support given by the Proprietor, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo; School Manager, Elder Arua Inya Ibiam; former School Manager, Dr Felix Uroko Attah; and P.T.A Chairman, Elder Olu M.Ibiam. She thanked Miss Lucy Linus Ngobidi, a Youth Corper who served in the Polytechnic, and single-handedly renovated the staff school.
Earlier in their addresses, the out-gone Head-Boy of Staff Secondary School, Master Raymond Chinonso Ibezim and his primary school counterpart Master Nnaedozie Ali Ekuma, had, on behalf of the graduating students and pupils, expressed profound gratitude to the Rector and Proprietor, Ven. Dr. Ibe-Enwo for providing a good learning environment, and the Principal and Headmistress for their leadership qualities. On his own, Master Ali Ekuma identified some areas of need for the primary school and appealed to the Polytechnic management to help in meeting them.
Being a grand ceremony in honour of children, the management of the schools appointed head of Management Information System Unit (MIS) of the Polytechnic, Mrs. Euphemia Osigwe, as the Mother of the Day. In her vote of thanks, she expressed joy at being given the honour and thanked everyone for gracing the occasion. She admonished the graduands to remain focused as they strive to go further in their education, even as she advised children generally to be of good conduct wherever they find themselves.
The send-off party/Prize Giving Day Ceremony was well attended by parents, guardians and the members of the Polytechnic Community.
RECTOR COMMENDS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT 3RD NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The Rector of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo has decried the high level of brain drain in the Polytechnic System as a result of the disparity and dichotomy between Polytechnics and Universities.
Ven. Dr. Ibe-Enwo who spoke at the opening ceremony of the 3rd National Conference of the School of Business Studies hosted by the School, called on the Federal Government to harmonize the Polytechnic and University Curricula to make them more amenable to the demands of the 21st Century.
He emphasized the importance of academic fora noting that the time has come for the Federal Government to take a hard look at tertiary education in the country in order to restructure it for optimum productivity.
The Rector commended the School of Business Studies for organizing and hosting the National Conference inspite of current lean financial resources.
In her welcome address, the Dean of the School of Business, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Mrs. Blessing Onyemesim welcomed participants to the conference and noted that the conference was coming at the most appropriate time in the nation’s quest for national development especially after the recent peaceful general election which has engendered a conducive atmosphere for business.
The Special Guest of honour and the President General Of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Gary Nnachi Enwo-Igariwey in his brief remarks at the conference wondered why the continued dichotomy in the tertiary education sector in Nigeria between the polytechnics and universities still exists given that countless committees have recommended the abrogation of the dichotomy as obtained in the more educationally advanced countries of the world. He advised the participants to reflect the discontinuation of this dichotomy in the final communiqué of the conference.
The Lead Paper presenter, Prof. Josephat Uchechukwu Onwumere in his paper stated that the foundations of national development are directly related to the entire process of development for national transformation. This transformation, according to him, is achieved by the application of myriad of policies that culminate in the production of goods and services. A business must be such that satisfies not only the needs of its consumers but also assists development of the owners and employees. This he said means that development encompasses a process for improving the quality of human life and which involves raising the standard of living of the people. Nigeria, he added, therefore, must ensure that an enabling environment is created for businesses to thrive.
In his key note address, Dr. Romanus Attamah in his paper noted that enhanced business opportunities will have positive impact on the country’s development. He asserted that for Nigeria to achieve the desired economic and national development, the country must overhaul its educational system, invest more in technology, improve the security of life and property, and be consistent in policy formulation and implementation. Adding that, the country must also make access to credit facilities and good governance paramount.
The conference which lasted two days witnessed paper presentations from a host of other participants.
MEDICAL PERSONNEL GATHER IN AIFPU TO EXCHANGE IDEAS
The Nigerian Medical Association, Afikpo Chapter recently converged at Medical Centre of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana (AIFPU) for the 2015 edition of their annual seminar. The seminar which usually provides an opportunity for them to exchange ideas on evolving issues in the medical profession in order to position them for the benefit of the larger society.
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Ven. Dr Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo represented by his Deputy Rector (Administration), Mr. Arua Inya Ibiam while declaring the seminar open called on the members of Nigerian Medical Association to be pro-active in order to handle some of the epidemic scourge of diseases all over the globe.
Quoting a Philosopher who argued that people of the same profession don’t usually mean to do any other thing when they meet than to exploit the society, the Rector expressed satisfaction that the association will not follow the Philosopher, but would rather contribute to make the society better.
He further expressed the hope that the seminar will keep the members of the association updated to handle evolving challenges in the medical profession and wished them a fruitful deliberation.
In his remark, the Polytechnic’s Director of Medical Services, Dr. Orji O.Nnachi commented on ebola disease which formed part of the critical topics to be handled at the seminar. He said the disease became of interest to Nigeria when a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer imported it into the country in 2014. He said many other nations who suffered the scourge of the disease were yet to recover, maintaining that an exchange of understanding and expertise on the subject among others would help to eliminate the risks involved in treating communicable diseases and help medical personnel in Ebonyi to do their work better.
In her presentation on handling of Ebola virus and Lassa fever patients, Dr. Mrs. Nnenna Ajayi, a medical practitioner with an NGO in Ebonyi State, traced their origins to Congo and Lassa in Borno State respectively and noted that both deadly diseases are multi-system and affect every part of the body of the victims well enough to kill within a few days if left untreated. She asserted that rats were heavy carriers of lassa and fruits bats ebola, noting that infections generally come from both animals to man and from man to man.
Dr. Ajayi said that both diseases have similar but unlimited symptoms like abdominal pain, cough, diarrhea, hemorrhage, perspiration, body pain, difficulty in breathing etc. She said that they both have an incubation period of 14 to 21 days. And as a precaution, medical practitioners should avoid direct contact with the body fluid of infected patients, avoid breathing directly into their faces, use masks and other protective gears among other precautions. She however stressed that the medical practitioners owe it to their profession to give adequate attention to patients rather than succumb to fear of infection and neglect them.
Dr. Ajayi asserted that Nigeria was ranked alongside Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia as countries that were classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as endemic areas for lassa fever. She emphasized that the disease, including ebola, was of national interest, urging that cases, once identified should be promptly reported to hospital authorities who should also get the government notified. Likewise WHO should be involved and so pointing out that such are not diseases to treat secretly. She lamented that, there were no known cures yet for the diseases, stressing that existing treatments were only supportive.
Dr. Monday Igwe, a psychiatrist at Presbyterian Hospital Uburu, Okposi Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, spoke on how to manage clinical depression. He described the condition as a silent killer and intimated his colleagues on symptoms to watch out for while diagnosing their patients. He called on the need to be careful with the drugs prescribe for patients as medication could also lead to depression. According to him, depression can have serious and sometimes long term consequences which can affect every aspect of a patient’s life. He maintained that the condition was treatable as long as patients continue to seek help and stick to treatment plan.
Issues regarding evaluation of fertility status of patients were also treated at the conference. Speaking in this regard, Dr. Ekuma Nkama, a Consultant gynecologist with Mater Misericordae Hospital, Afikpo, noted that most doctors err on the part of evaluation by its timing and exclusion of mostly male partners from their examinations. He argued that evaluation should start pre-maritally and should include both partners, as most often, males are responsible for the ordeal of childlessness in marriages. He intimated the association on the steps to follow while diagnosing their patients and advised that they should avoid drawing hasty conclusions, because such would not be in the interest of both patients and the medical profession.
A Pediatrician from Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Dr. Uche Iloduba gave useful hints on child nutrition on behalf of Nestle Foods Nigeria Limited. He asserted that problem of nutrition is a global issue and pointed out that Pedestrians need adequate knowledge of the best options while advising nursing mothers on appropriate food for their children. He argued that breast milk alone would not meet the metabolic requirement of infants and advised doctors and nurses to always make it a point of duty to counsel nursing mothers on complementary food.
The seminar was well attended by medical practitioners in Afikpo.
ONYEMACHI APPOINTED NEW DEPUTY RECTOR (ACADEMIC)
The Rector, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo has appointed Dean, School of Industrial Technology, Mr. Samuel Ejikeme Onyemachi as Deputy Rector (Academic) with effect from Monday, July 6, 2015. The appointment which is renewable after the initial term of two years was ratified by the Chairman of Council on behalf of the 7th Governing Council.
As the Deputy Rector (Academic), Mr. Onyemachi will assist the Rector in matters relating to academic affairs; act in place of the Rector when the post of the Rector is vacant or if the Rector is for any reason absent from or unable to perform his functions as Rector. He will also perform such other functions as the Rector or Council may from time to time assign to him.
Mr. Onyemachi was born on March 30, 1956 and hails from Avodim, Ubakala, Umuahia South, Abia State. He attended Sancta Crux Secondary School Olokoro, Umuahia and is an alumnus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he obtained a degree in Chemistry/Microbiology (1978); and Obafemi Awolowo University from whose shelf of honours he plucked a Master of Science in Food Technology (1989). Also, he holds a certificate in Sugar Processing Technology (Zambia, 1980) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Food Science and Technology (1987).
Before joining the services of the Polytechnic in 2013, Mr. Onyemachi worked with Federal Polytechnic, Mubi (1983-2013); Savannah Sugar Company, Numan (1979-1983); and General Hospital Kaltungo (NYSC, 1978-1979). While in Federal Polytechnic Mubi, he functioned in a host of administrative capacities which include: Departmental Examination Officer (1985-1994); Head, Department of Food Science Technology (2005-2007); Dean, School of Science and Technology (2005-2007); Project Manager World Bank Step B Project (2006-2011); Deputy Director, Academic Planning (2008-2009); Director, Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment (2009); Deputy Rector (Academic) (2009-2011), the apex being as Acting Rector (2011-2012). He has doubled as Dean, School of Industrial Technology and Head, Department of Food Technology (2013-2014) since joining Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic in 2013.
As a professional food technologist, Mr. Onyemachi is a member of Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (MNIFST), Technology Writers Association of Nigeria (MTEWAN) and Nigeria National Committee of the West African Examination Council (WAEC). He has served as a Food Technology Consultant to Beulah Company Limited, Yola (1995), Yuteco Foods Nigeria Limited, Gboko (1995), Savannah Sugar Company, Numan (1993), and Jomma Engineering Services, Yola (To Date).
As an academic, he was Visiting Lecturer South Bank Polytechnic, London, U.K (1990); Editor-in Chief, Journal of Applied Science and Management (1996-2006); External Examiner, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi (2005-2006); External Assessor for Appointment of Chief Lecturers, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi (2001-Date); and Assessor for National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Journal (2000-Date). He has served as Chairman of six different committees (all in Federal Polytechnic, Mubi) from 1995 – 2011, winning Gold Award for Outstanding Leadership from National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and Distinguished Fellowship Award from Institute of Professional Manager and Administrators (IPMA) in recognition of his outstanding services.
Mr. Onyemachi has written many conference papers and journal articles both at the domestic and foreign fronts. He also has a book and two different fabrications to his credit. He is married with two (2) children.
On behalf of the Polytechnic Community, I congratulate Mr. Samuel Ejikeme Onyemachi on his new appointment.
DEPUTY GOVERNOR VISITS AKANU IBIAM FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC: PLEDGES ASSISTANCE
The Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Barr. Kelechi Igwe recently visited the Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo, Ebonyi State to ascertain the level of destruction of the Polytechnic property during the recent invasion of the school and destruction of its property by some youths of the host community. The Deputy Governor who drove straight to the site of ultra- modern School of Business Complex under construction which was the epicenter of the carnage by the Unwana youths and inspected the destroyed site, equipment and materials. He also inspected the Polytechnic pavilion which was also damaged by the youth. He later inspected the male and female hostels to ascertain the level of damage there.
The Deputy Governor later paid a courtesy call on the Regent of Unwana, Princess Aluu Ibiam.
Speaking after formal introductions at the palace, the Deputy Governor told the Regent and the Unwana elders that he came to Unwana for three reasons; to thank them for their support during the concluded general elections, to solicit their support for the new government in the state, and to find out the true situation of things at the Polytechnic. The Deputy Governor observed that the government of Ebonyi state was shocked at the callous display of raw power by the Unwana youths which resulted in wanton destruction of Polytechnic property. He said the government was not happy at the senseless action of the youths which he described as uncalled for and unprovoked. He stated that he had looked at the survey plan of the Polytechnic and it appeared that the Polytechnic had not trespassed into Unwana land outside the boundaries of the institution. He promised that the state government would get to the root of the matter insisting that the perpetrators of the destruction at the Polytechnic would be brought to book. He directed the Regent and the Unwana Community to constitute committee to work immediately to unravel the perpetrators of the wanton destruction as well as the reasons for the destruction and send a report to the government within one week.
Reacting to the Deputy Governor’s speech, the Regent congratulated the Deputy Governor and the Governor for their victory in the elections and thanked them for their agenda for the State and for deeming it necessary to make their first port of call to Unwana Community. She said the entire Unwana Community had condemned the unprovoked attack on the Polytechnic, noting that the latest attack had become one too many in recent times. She assured the Deputy Governor that the Unwana Community would ensure that such acts will never happen again. She said the Community has reached out to the Polytechnic Management towards cooling frayed nerves. She informed the Deputy Governor that the Community had already met with the Rector of the Polytechnic both in the office and at his residence to reassure him of the support of the host Community. She said she was hopeful that normal academic activities at the Polytechnic would resume very soon as the Community had been meeting with relevant stakeholders for this purpose.
The highpoint of the visit was the group photographs by the Deputy Governor, the Regent, the Rector and the Polytechnic Management and the elders of Unwana Community.
AIFPU TO HAVE CAMPUS WIDE INTERNET ACCESS
Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana has engaged the services of K-Compass Solutions to provide campus wide internet access for the staff and students of the institution. This was made known to the staff of the institution by the Rector, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo during the second workers’ forum since his assumption of office.
The project, which involved the laying and integration of fibre optic cable to the MTN point of presence (POP) internet facility, has already reached advanced stages and will be operational any moment from now. On completion, staff and students will have unlimited internet access within the Polytechnic.
The Rector told the staff that the project was part of the effort of the Management to keep abreast with the latest best international practices and to enable the staff to be able to do their work more efficiently.
After his address, the staff were given opportunity to ask questions and to make comments. The questions centred on cost, reliability of the internet access and the time to make use of the facility given the busy schedule of the staff.
In his response to the questions, the Rector said the cost was minimal because it was the entire staff pooling the rental fee together and thus applying the economics of volume compared to what it would have been were individuals to pay separately. On reliability and down-time the Rector said there was a provision in the contract with the vendor that the Polytechnic will only pay for what it actually consumed adding that he would personally make sure that the staff do not pay for down-time. On time constraints for the staff to make full use of the facility the Rector said the internet is used as part of the working tools of the workers and no special time is needed to use the facility.
The Registrar of the Polytechnic, Mr. Val Okafor in his contribution informed the staff that part of the agreement with the vendor was the training of some M.I.S staff to man the equipment and to make sure that there is smooth running of the facility. He, thereafter, called one of the staff already trained for this purpose, Mr. Samuel Nwokoro to throw more light on the working of the internet facility. Mr. Nwokoro took time to go through the process of logging onto the internet facility when it goes live informing the staff that access will be password protected to prevent outsiders from making use of the facility. He said staff numbers will also be used to ensure that only the staff of the Polytechnic have access to the facility.
AIFPU STAFF/STUDENTS TO ENJOY CAMPUS WIDE INTERNET ACCESS
The Rector, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Venerable Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo recently held his First Academic Forum at the Lecture Theatre since assumption of office.
Speaking at the forum, the Rector said he is overwhelmed by the mature attitude staff and students demonstrated during the recent disturbance by some Unwana youths and gave God the glory.
The Rector disclosed that management had resolved to use this medium to keep staff abreast of the operation of wireless internet services in the campus which has cost implications.
He said an initial cost for the installation which amounts to over 4 Million naira has been settled by management. He also informed the staff that to enjoy this facility there will be a monthly subscription on all users/staff .
He enjoined all the staff to key into this laudable project and stressed the need for all to be computer literate and ICT compliant in order to access the internet.
Commending the giant stride of the Rector, the chairman of ASUP, Mr. M.M. O. Eze appreciated the Rector for his vision in making the institution join the global village. He also asked the criterion for the determination of the monthly subscription.
Other questions from staff bordered on cost, reliability, operational Network, service charge, Time Allocation, constant power supply and Pass-word for users.
Reacting to the questions, the Rector said many factors were taken into consideration before setting-up the internet services. He expressed the hope that the purpose of installing the wireless internet will come through and noted that the choice of MTN Optical Fibre Network was because of its wider coverage and will enhance Management Information System (MIS), E- Mail, E- Library, Students Admission, increase staff efficiency among others. He reiterated his resolve to make the scheme work and that nobody will pay for service not rendered.
The Rector thanked all the staff for their understanding and co-operation to accept the institution launch into ICT – Widest Internet Network.
GENDER MAINSTREAMING COMMITTEE ORGANISES WORKSHOP IN AIFPU
The Gender Mainstreaming Committee in Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana has organized a one day sensitization workshop at the institution’s Lecture Theatre to educate students and staff and the Polytechnic Community on gender related issues in Nigeria.
The workshop was declared open by the Rector of the Polytechnic, Ven. Dr. Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo. In his declaration speech, he said that sexual harassment is a two-way traffic which involves both sexes and should not be understood as an issue primarily involving men only. The Rector urged participants to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the workshop to keep abreast of the gender issues in our society by listening attentively to paper presentations by invited experts and resource persons for the workshop.
The Chairperson of the Committee on Gender Policy in the Polytechnic, Mrs. Grace Ibe-Enwo, in her opening address expressed her expectations that the workshop will begin to develop a mechanism that will foster gender mainstreaming and ensure the incorporation of gender issues into the politics and administration of the Polytechnic, which would include women in decision making, prioritize gender equality and make a shift in the institutional culture.
AKANU IBIAM FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, UNWANA GETS A NEW RECTOR
A new Rector has been appointed for Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana. He is Venerable Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo. He succeeds Professor Francis O. Otunta, who has served out his tenure as the Rector of the Polytechnic.
Ven. Ibe-Enwo, 51, was recommended by the Governing Council of the Polytechnic to the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan through the Hon. Minister of Education after due process in the selection and appointment of Rector. The recommendation was subsequently approved by His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Until his appointment, Ven. Ibe-Enwo was the Head of Department of Maths/Statistics of the Polytechnic. He had before then held many other exalted positions such as Dean, School of Science and General Studies, Chairman, Staff Welfare Committee and member, 6th governing council, amongst others.
Ven. Ibe-Enwo is an indigene of Mgbom in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. He is happily married to Lady Grace Ibe-Enwo with children. He is a Venerable Archdeacon of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Diocese of Afikpo.
The new Rector has already assumed duty. The Polytechnic community heartily welcomes the new Rector and wishes him a successful and eventful tenure.
ENGR. EMMANUEL I IGWEONU APPOINTED ACTING RECTOR
The 7th Governing Council of the Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana Ebonyi State, has appointed the Deputy Rector (Academic) Engr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Igweonu, as the new Acting Rector of the Institution.
Engr. Igweonu’s appointment was sequel to the expiration of the second and final tenure of the former Rector, Prof. Francis Onyechukwugoziri
Otunta, on June 11, 2014. As stated in his letter of appointment signed by the Chairman of the Governing Council, Mr. Chimdi Ejiogu, the Acting Rector, Engr. Igweonu will perform the functions of Rector, until a new substantive Rector is appointed for the Polytechnic by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. His appointment takes effect from June 12, 2014.
Engr. Igweonu, 58, hails from Ozubulu in Anambra State. He is an alumnus of the famous Christ the King College (Heery High School Onitsha) and holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Electronics from University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1980) and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Apart from having been a Dean in the School of Engineering Technology of the Institution, he has acquired a wealth of experience in the private sector, and other government parastatals, like the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) before joining the services of Polytechnic.
Engr. Igweonu is a member of many professional bodies, among them is, the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE). He has authored many books, attended many conferences, seminars and workshops, and has many journal articles to his credit. He is happily married and blessed with children.
On behalf of the entire Polytechnic Community, I congratulate Engr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Igweonu on his new appointment.
Adline Oly Okeke (Mrs.)
Public Relations Officer
PROFESSOR OTUNTA CALLS FOR SUPPORT, LOYALTY FOR HIS INTERIM SUCCESSOR
The out-going Rector of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Professor Francis Onyechukwugoziri Otunta has called on the Management, Staff and Students of the Polytechnic to give maximum support and loyalty to his interim successor, Engr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Igweonu.
Professor Francis Otunta made the call in his speech at a special send-off prayer session conducted by the Polytechnic to mark the expiration of his eight years successful tenure as Rector of the Institution.
In his speech at the occasion, the out-going Rector, Professor Francis Otunta, described his appointment as Rector of the Polytechnic as a blessing from God. He said his vision and focus when he came on board were centered on infrastructural development of the Institution, restoration of peace and harmony among the academic staff and various interest groups in the Institution. He advised those coming after him as Rector, to ensure they adhere strictly to the rules and regulations guiding the existencee of the Institution because, according to him, “rules are like the Word of God that does not change, and helps one to work without mistake”. He described his interim successor Engr. Igweonu as a man of integrity and said he has no regret whatsoever handing over to him as the Acting Rector.
In her speech at the occasion, the Acting Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship Education, Mrs. Veronica Ezeano, stated that Professor Otunta stood out as the best among his predecessors, in the areas of infrastructural development of the Institution, office accommodation for lecturers/lectures, seminars, well-equipped library, medical centre, ICT with modern equipment and attraction of individuals, private companies and government agencies who helped in the development of the Institution, as well as good road network among others. She further said that Professor Otunta encouraged staff development and pointed out that many staff had benefited from the scheme.
Also speaking, Venerable Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo stated that Professor Francis Otunta as Rector united the trade unions in the Polytechnic especially the ASUP into becoming a formidable trade union in the Polytechnic, adding that the unhealthy division among the staff ceased to exist during his tenure. He disclosed that the Poly Prays initiative started in his tenure.
Earlier during the prayer session, Pastor Felix Bossey of the Redeemed Church of God, Afikpo, Rev. P.A. Nwodo of the Assemblies of God Church Unwana and Rev. Fr. Dr F.U. Onwukike of Stella Maris Chaplaincy thanked God for piloting the affairs of the Polytechnic successfully during the tenure of Professor Otunta. They also prayed that Almighty God would give to the Polytechnic a successor who would not only improve on the achievements of the out-going Rector, but surpass him.
Many dignitaries attended the farewell prayer session in honour of Professor Francis Onyechukwugoziri Otunta.
Adline Oly Okeke (Mrs.)
Public Relations Officer
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STAFF SECONDARY SCHOOL
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