……to State’s Polytechnic, Iwollo
…inaugurates School of Engineering Complex
In line with the government’s policy in education and the
need to discover and assist intellectuals in the rural areas, Governor
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Monday granted scholarship to 340 indigent
students of the Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo, Ezeagu Local
Government Area of the state.
Governor Ugwuanyi explained that 20 indigent students in each of the 17
L.G.As will benefit from the scholarship scheme, which will cover
their tuition fees for four years of study at a total cost of N41.6m.
Speaking during the maiden engineering day commemoration at
the institution, Governor Ugwuanyi who inaugurated the newly constructed School of
Engineering Complex sponsored by Prince Arthur Eze also laid foundation
for the construction of Prof. Julius Onah School of Management
The event also witnessed the foundation laying ceremony of School of
General Studies by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo and
conferment of Merit Awards on notable Engineers and other dignitaries,
including the Deputy President of the Senate, Prof. Ike Ekweremadu;
former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani; Member
representing Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency, Hon. Dennis Oguerinwa
Amadi; Prof. Barth Nnaji; Sir Chief Emeka Offor; HRH Igwe Augustine
Otiji and Engr. Vita Abba, among others.
Governor Ugwuanyi also disclosed that the cardinal principle of
the educational policy of his administration was “the provision of
access to qualitative education at all levels to all classes and
strata of the society”.
He stated that the event afforded his administration the opportunity
to take a major step forward in the advancement of technology in the
state “especially at this time when technology has not only turned the
world into a global village but has become the major income earner for
The governor said that his administration in the light of the above,
implemented “firm measures towards repositioning and revamping this
institution” to make it a prominent centre for Engineering and
Agricultural studies and innovations in the country.
“These measures included the revalidation of old programmes and
accreditation of new ones by the National Board for Technical
Education (NBTE) as well as the provision of critical infrastructure
and necessary equipment”, the governor added.
Gov. Ugwuanyi, therefore, expressed delight that the efforts of the
government towards the institution have been manifesting “as the
institution has developed at an amazing pace and has been attracting
positive attention and reviews from regulatory authorities in the
country as well as stakeholders in the nation’s education sector”.
Describing the School of Engineering Complex as “a watershed in the
history of the institution” that would enhance its growth as a citadel
of qualitative engineering and technological education, the governor
commended Engr. Arthur Eze for “his kind sponsorship of the project”.
He also appreciated the commitment and diligence of the Governing
Council, the management and the staff of the institution towards the
actualization of government’s vision for the school, and congratulated
the award winners for the well deserved honours.
“I use this opportunity also to reiterate the unflinching commitment
of the State Government towards the realization of our collective
aspirations for the institution and for tertiary education in Enugu
State”, the governor reassured.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of the institution’s Governing
Council, Hon. Chinedu Onu expressed gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi for
effective funding of the school and increment of its monthly
subventions, which he said “saw us achieving this feat in a very short
He added that the Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo desires “to become
an institution of choice for Engineering and Technology development”
and “to use the commemoration of Engineering Day to attract the
attention of students as well as would-be students to this great field
of study and practice”.
The Rector of the Institution, Prof C.J.C Akubuilo in his address
announced that the school in keeping with the repositioning agenda of
the governor, in 2017/2018 academic year, has joined other Tertiary
Institutions in Nigeria to key into the Joint Admission and
Matriculation Board (JAMB) Central Admissions Processing System
According to him, “we are now recognized by other national regulatory
bodies and agencies such as the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). The Polytechnic has between
September 2017 and March 2018, mobilized the first two sets of
students for their one year National Youth Service”.
Other Award recipients include: Engr. Ebele Ofunneamaka Okeke; Air
Vice Marshal Cletus (AVM) Nwannebuike Udeagulu; Dr. Masa’udu Adamu
Kazaure; Engr. Obiukwu Chukwuma Okeke; Engr. Anayo Onwuegbu; Engr.
Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu; Mr. Silas Ifeanyi (Baba Edem); Prof. Moses
Madueze Okonkwo; Kingsley Eze and Dr. Agu Collins Agu.