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Enugu Gov, Ugwuanyi, Grants 340 Indigent Students Scholarship

……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

Technology.

 

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

many nations”.

 

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

while.”

 

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

(CAPS).

 

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.

 

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