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MTI is not for cultism, hooliganism – Director

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By Phil Okose, Onitsha

The federal government-owned Metallurgical Training Institute, located in Onitsha, Anambra state is not meant for cultists and those involve in hooliganism.

Pastor Bode Fakuade, the director of the institute, which was established by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, made this assertion while fielding questions from newsmen in Onitsha Tuesday.

He warned that, “I want to tell those who may wish to seek admission in our institution with ulterior motive to cause confusion or engage in cult activities that MTI Onitsha is not for them”

“They should rather go elsewhere. We are not like other institutions with a very large population of students. We are very few here and we know every student according to his course and department.”

“We don’t tolerate cultism and for those who may wish to infiltrate the institute as students to engage in hooliganism and other anti-social vices, they should look elsewhere.”

The director expressed satisfaction that the computer science department had fully been equipped and was awaiting accreditation by the National Board for Technical Education (NABTEB).

He stated that the school had provided all equipment necessary to run the courses in computer science and civil engineering, but expressed reservation that bureaucratic bottleneck was hampering the accreditation of the two courses.

The director who expressed hope for the eventual accreditation of the courses revealed further that classrooms, laboratories and structures in the institute had all been given a facelift following assistance from the federal ministry of mines and steel development that supervises the institute.

Fakuade narrated that the school clinic had been refurbished with qualified medical professionals regularly attached to the clinic in event of any health emergency, while serious health

challenges are immediately referred to hospitals for prompt medical attention.

In her bid to observe the COVID-19 pandemic protocol, students were seen seated in their classrooms and laboratories far from one another in strict adherence to COVID-19 Protocols.

Recall that Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha was established in 1977 by the federal government in partnership with the then German government to assist Nigeria in training skilled middle man- power in technology and steel development.

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