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Sir Nwabueze to chair Fed Poly Oko alumni public lecture c'ttee in honour of Gen. Babangida

* Prof. Eugene Nwadialor to deliver lecture
* Nwabueze, others nominated for alumni award
Friday Oct 27, 2023 10:26 am

By Joshua Nworie and Asukwo Kingsley
Oko,   Cover Stories

Federal Polytechnic Oko National Alumni has instituted a committee on public lecture in honour of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, former President of Nigeria. Recall that the institution was converted to the present status as federal polytechnic by the administration of General Babangida in 1993.

The body named Geneal Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida Federal Polytechnic Oko National Alumni Public Lecture Planning Committee is headed by Ichie Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze (Ichie Chinaemeze N’Ukpo).

The event holds on December 1, 2023 by 11 am prompt at Prof. Eugene Nwadialor Hall, Federal Polytechnic Oko Alumni National Secretariat.

Other members of the  committee are:

1.  Dr. Joseph Ogai — Secretary

2.   Dr. Emmanuel C. Ezenwafor

3.    Arc Sunday Orji

4.    Mr. Chukwuemeka Ezeoke

5.     Comrade Chidi Jean

A copy of the letter made available to this medium and signed by Nze Henry Chukwuka Nnebe (National President)  and Mr. Kenechukwu J.P. Nwisienyi (Secreary General) respectively reads:

"We write to officially convey your choice and appointment as the Chairman of  Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babagida National Alumni Public Lecture Planning Committee and your nomination for the National Alumni Ambassador of the Polytechnic Award, by the National Executive Council and Board of Trustees."

The theme 

The theme of the Public Lecture is "The Ingenious General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and the Making of Federal Polytechnic, Oko”. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Eugene Nwadialor, Vice Chancellor Tansian University Umunya, Anambra State and Former Rector, Anambra State Polytechnic Oko under whose tenure the Polytechnic became a Federal Institution.

Ichie Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze (Ichie Chinaemeze N’Ukpo)

Brief Profile

Ichie Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze, Ksp, Phf, JP (Ichie Chinemeze N'Ukpo) has also been nominated for the National Alumni Ambassador of the Polytechnic Award, by the National Executive Council and Board of Trustees.

He is currently the Chairmam Ohanaeze Ndigbo Anambra Ceremonies Committee. He is an alumnus of Federal Polytechnic, Oko.

Over the years, Ichie Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze  has  received a total of 217 awards ranging from educational, religious, socio-cultural, faith based, professional, government to corporate organizations.

Ichie Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze is a husband to Lady Nneka Nwabueze  (Nee Akabuike), daughter of the Late Engr Simon Akabuike of Agbiligba, Nanka.

Ichie Nwabueze is Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International  and  served the Rotary club of Nnewi in several leadership capacities.

Bishop's Nominee, Anglican Awards Recipient 

In exercise of his authority in May 2023, the Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Anglican Communion, His Lordship, Rt Rev Ndubuisi Obi, issued a letter of Appointment to Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze, as Bishop's Nominee in charge of DCC Special Archdeaconry of Nnewi Diocese Anglican Communion. But a historical account will bring this  piece into context.

He has also received various awards from over 33 Anglican Dioceses, especially during his time as Primate's Nominee for South East under the former Primate of All Nigeria, Most Rev Nicholas Oko. 

Ichie Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze is the CEO Izudatcares Ventures Ltd. Nnewi

Nze Henry Chukwuka Nnebe, Alumni National President

Brief History

The polytechnic is situated within Oko town in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra State. The kernel of what eventually became the polytechnic was the brain child of the Oko Progressive Union (OPU) greatly catalysed by the patronage, resourcefulness and result oriented leadership of its pioneer chairman, a former Executive Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.

At inception in 1979, the institution was approved by the Anambra State Government as a College of Arts and Science designed to prepare candidates for the General Certificate in Education (GCE) examination at both the ordinary and advanced levels.

On June 28, 1980, the institution was upgraded to College of Arts, Science and Technology, an elevation that made it more attractive to young school leavers who came in droves to seek the higher certificate which the College could then award.

The College was formalized as the Anambra State Polytechnic, Oko through Edict No. 12 of 1985, published as a supplement to the Anambra State of Nigeria Gazette No. 24, Volume 10 of June 27, 1984.

Finally, in 1993, the State Polytechnic was taken over by the Federal Government and was renamed Federal Polytechnic, Oko.

The institution is strategically located and surrounded by several centres of industries, commerce and diverse local crafts such as Awka (well known for blacksmith/iron works), Nnewi (Industry and technological products) and Onitsha and Aba (reputed for Commerce and Industries). The climatic condition of the host community, Ok ranges between 28 and 42 degrees centigrade. It is one of the fastest developing tertiary institutions in Nigeria with high futuristic disposition. It has functional memorandum of understanding with different universities within and outside the country. The Polytechnic has three campuses.

The main campus at Oko which occupies a total land area of 89 hectres.

Ufuma campus: This occupies a total land area of 52 hectres.

Atani campus: This occupies a total area of 40 hectres.

International Linkages and collaboration:

Today, Federal Polytechnic Oko ranks very high amongst the most preferred institutions by candidates for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Credit/ https://federalpolyoko.edu.ng/about/

Professor Eugene Nwadialor, Vice Chancellor Tansian University Umunya

General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, former President of Nigeria

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