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NASU honours Oko Poly rector, others for educational development

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By Gabriel Chy Alonta

The leadership of Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra state chapter, has bestowed on the polytechnic rector, Engr. Francisca Unoma Nwafulugo with outstanding leadership award for her contributions towards the growth of education in the institution and beyond.

The union also conferred merit awards on the General Secretary of NASU, Prince Peters Adeyemi, Former Registrar of the polytecjnic, Mrs. Stella Nnenna Njaka and the immediate past chairman of NASU in Anambra state, Comrade Luke Nweke.

The award, Orient Daily reports, was presented to the beneficiaries at the regular meeting of federal polytechnics and other trade group council of NASU held in the auditorium of the polytechnic over the weekend.

Conferring the award on the rector, the Chairman of NASU, Federal Polytechnic Oko, Comrade Emmanuel Okolie, hailed Engr. Nwafulugo for her numerous achievements barely two years in office, while disclosing that her leadership style, open door policy, union friendly, special attention to staff welfare, as well as provision of conducive learning environment for students qualified her for the honour.

“The rector is not just the first female to hold the position in the institution but stands out in many positive ways including the areas of conversion/upgrading of staff, promotions, payment of outstanding earned allowances, upgrading of infrastructure, human capital development and union relationship”, he added.

R-L: Prince Peters Adeyemi, general secretary, NASU, Engr. Francisca Nwafulugo, rector, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Mrs. Stella Njaka, former registrar of the polytechnic and the immediate past NASU chairman, Anambra state chapter, Comrade Luke Nweke pose for photograph after the award presentations.

The NASU branch boss also thanked the former and first female registrar of the polytechnic, Mrs. Njaka, who, according to him, created lots of opportunities that saw the promotion of many staff, as well as bringing her wealth of experience to bare during her tenure.

“Mrs. Njaka is not just the first female registrar, she was the first person to complete her tenure and bow out as registrar of the institution in the last 20 years. She worked hard and made a great impact”, he said.

Similarly, Comrade Okolie said Prince Adeyemi was honoured for his national, International contributions towards the overall growth and development of not just NASU but the education sector in general.

Speaking of the other awardee, Comrade Nweke, the union leader said, “the immediate past chairman of NASU was a go-getter, who piloted the affairs of the union when it was turbulent and still stood tall. He has now metamorphosed as the state council treasurer of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Anambra state chapter”.

In a response, the rector thanked the leadership of NASU for their support and cooperation, which, she said, has ensured peace and progress in the institution.

“My administration has been in office for a year and eight months. From the day I assumed office as the rector up till now, I have been enjoying harmonious working relationship with NASU and other unions on campus”, she said.

The award, Nwafulugo noted, would spur them to do more, even as she encouraged all staff and union members to keep working hard for the overall interest of the institution and the nation at large.

In separate responses, other awardees commended the leadership of the union in the institution, and noted the developmental strides in the campus under the present rector.

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