Abia poly must be restructured to make it result oriented-Eboh
By Yolamchi Ukaga, Umuahia
Management of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba has announced plans to begin the restructuring of the institution in line with the recommendation of the Hon. Jerry Uzosike-led ad hoc committee set up by the state government to investigate activities of the school.
Prof. Ezionye Eboh, rector, Abia State Polytechnic in a recent interview with some select journalists in the state, stated that it was compelling to restructure the institution to make it result oriented. He explained that the institution has a staff strength that is higher than its ability to pay; stressing that management must address the anomaly.
According to him, “there must be a necessary surgery and it must be now to save the soul of Abia Poly and all stakeholders believe that time is right for the restructuring of the institution”.
In an effort to increase its internally generated revenue, the Rector revealed that the department of engineering of the institution has invented unbreakable long lasting energy bulbs with 15 years lifespan.
Eboh, a professor of management, explained that the Polytechnic was collaborating with the Abia state government to give boost to the marketability of the invention and other inventions.
He also revealed that the institution’s bakery has received the Nigerian Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) approved number for its brand of bread and appealed to investors and other entrepreneurs to look towards the institution for good profitable investments.
He explained that the Polytechnic is currently running certificate programmes for shoe manufacturers and leather designers in Aba, stressing that the institution wants to leverage on government’s efforts in making Abia truly a Japan of Africa.
He explained also that the institution wants to ensure that entrepreneurs in Aba, are equipped with the necessary intellectual business skills to drive the process, an initiative that he stated is in line with the dreams of the founding fathers of the Polytechnic.
As part of management’s conscious and deliberate efforts to attract local and international partnerships and collaborations, the Abia Poly Rector, explained that the institution has entered into partnership with the ICT University, Louisiana, United States of America (USA).
He stated that through the partnership that the ICT University has equipped the Polytechnic with ICT related materials worth thousands of dollars. “Further, we have connected the whole campus and today, we have a 24-hour internet service on campus. The National Communication Commission (NCC) has also provided hundreds of computer laptops and tablets to the institution”.