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Sen Ubah, CEO Innoson, CEO Witchtech receive awards as Fed Poly Oko holds 19th convocation | Rector declares achievements

* Former minister, Nebo seeks curriculum review
* Former rector's, Nwadialor, Arimanwa attend
Friday Jan 19, 2024 17:14 pm

By Joshua chikwado
Fed Poly Oko,   Cover Story

The Rector Federal Polytechnic Oko, Engr. Dr Francisca Unoma Nwafulugo has  congratulated graduands of the institution for adhering to the rules and regulations guiding the institution throughout their stay as students. 

Speaking at the convocation  arena during the 19th convocation held on Friday, the Rector also commended the Staff  of the institution for  giving the students the best and performing their duties without reservations.

The Rector disclosed some  of her achievements as re-accreditation of departments, construction of male and female hostels,  promotion of staff, equipping of factory producing Oko Poly water. She said her administration also  reached a memoradum of understanding with Innosion  Vehicle Motors. 

L-R: Rector, Engr. Dr. Francisca Unoma Nwafulugo & Sen Ifeanyi Ubah

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During the event, some eminent Nigerians  received awards of honor and they included  Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District;  Dr. Innocent Chukwuma,  CEO Innosion Vehicle Manufacturing and Dr Chidozie Willson Nwankwo, CEO Witchtech Group of Companies. 

On receiving the award, Dr Chidozie Willson Nwankwo who was represented by Dr. Ifeaka Nwankwo, a lecturer in the Department of  Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, urged the graduands to be focused and determined in order to face the world.. He gave  200,000 to the overall graduating student. Also, 100, 000 to the third best graduating students. 

The senator representing Anambra South senatorial district Dr Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah also on receiving his award as Fellow of Federal Polytechnic Oko, promised  to use his portfolio to contribute to the growth of the institution. He also commended the Rector and her team for the steadfastness in making  the institution outstanding. Dr Uba  give all the best graduating students the sum of 2,000000 naira and 500,000 to the third best graduating students who represents the overall best graduating students. 

Former minister seeks curriculum review

A former Minister of Power, and former vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof Chinedu Nebo called for a review of the curriculum of tertiary institutions and advocated that the new curriculum should make skills acquisition compulsory for a graduate of any higher institution.

Prof. Nebo stated that "the country should pursue skills and entrepreneurship training for the citizens so as not only to reverse the stunted development but to also engender Sustainable development." He added that "Nigeria is greatly endowed with natural resources such that the country could pass as the most natural resource-endowed in the world, but it is sad that due to corruption and mismanagement, the country is like the world’s prodigal son."

Best graduands

The best graduating students were honored

From 2010 set to 2021 and they were:

 Ugwuja Benjamin 2010/11 

Mmasinachi Loveth 2011/12 

Emereogom Christian 2012/13 

Azuamaka Alexander 2013/14 

Okonkwo ikechukwu 2014/15 

Offor Martins Nwachukwu 1015/16

Ikechukwu chinenye M 2016/17

Umeaka chikaodili P. 2017/18

Ezezue Christiana C 2018/19

Okafor Bernadine Ebele 2019/20

Echetabu Emmanuel E 2020/21 

The Chairman of the convocation lecture was former Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo state, Dr. Michael Arimanwa. The event experienced the presence many other dignitaries from the academia and they included representatives from Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechni, Uwana, Nnamdi Azikiwe university Awka, Tansian university, Federal College of Education Umunze, Paul University Awka. Also in attendance was former Rector of the institution, Prof. Eugene Nwadialor.

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/



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