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Oko Poly Sets Up Six Entrepreneurial Centres In Anambra

Posted: Sep 9, 2015 at 12:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue


The Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State has said it wants to partner with the Anambra State Government in creating programmes that will take unemployed youths off the streets and rather make them employers of labour. The programme will involve training of the unemployed youths and providing them with credit facilities that will enable them establish their own businesses.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Professor Godwin Onu, who revealed this on Monday when the polytechnic received the Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe who visited the institution to donate books written on the Onitsha kingdom said that already six communities have been selected for take-off of the programme after sending a proposal to the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

Onu reeled out a long list of programmes embarked upon by the polytechnic saying that since he assumed office in 2010, things were no longer the same both in quality of academic staff and infrastructure of the school.

According to him the polytechnic has established collaborations with institutions across the world like the Chinese Language Institute, which makes the institution the first in Nigeria to offer students scholarship and employment in Chinese companies.

Onu added that the academic staff of the polytechnic has improved tremendously following a standing order he handed to them to improve themselves before 2012.he said that the school now has over 50 doctorate degree holders, adding that the polytechnic has virtually phased out bungalows from the institution with the remodelling and erecting of 22 structures in the last five years.

He said: “We met a lot of challenges and to the best of our ability we are able to tackle the challenges. We have been able to make this place an ideal academic environment because since we came in 2010 we have had no students uprising and students have been happy. “We mould students and improve and encourage the staff to upgrade themselves. We call Oko ‘Polytechnic of the Moment’ because we want to conquer the moment before getting to the future”, he concluded.    

In his response, Igwe Achebe said it was his first time of coming into the polytechnic, though he knew a lot about the school that he is proud of.

He said the campus is the most impressive of the campuses he has visited and impressed with the academic excellence.

Igwe Achebe told the Rector that he was involved in behind the scene settlement of the crisis that erupted between the school and the host community and is pleased with the leadership of the institution.

He presented the two sets of books: one his selected speeches launched during his 73rd birthday and the other, a collection of essays written on Onitsha by erudite scholars.

In her vote of thanks, representative of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Mrs. Helen Odunta said that Prof. Onu is atop among rectors of polytechnics in the country.

The event was attended by full academic and management staff of the polytechnic.