The Anambra State government recently announced the upgrade of the College of Agriculture Mgbakwu, Awka North Local Government Area, to a Polytechnic.
The announcement, Fides learnt, was part of the Special New Year Message from the governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to the people of the state.
According to a statement signed by James Eze, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media, the upgrade of the College to a full status of a Polytechnic, was part of the overall plan by the Obiano administration to expand its efforts in building new manpower capacity to meet the growing dynamics of the time.
Offering deep insights into the development, the governor, according to Mr Eze, revealed that the technicalities involved in the transition of the College to a full-fledged Polytechnic had been concluded and the change perfected.
Indeed, the government's announcement will doubtless come as a relief to lovers of education in the state. The clamour for a state-owned polytechnic had been long and sustained, with not a few people actually suggesting that the College of Agriculture at Mgbakwu be converted to a polytechnic.
This call was obviously informed by the absence of a state-owned polytechnic in the state and the low patronage of the college at Mgbakwu because of the low attraction that anything agriculture has to the younger generation.
Indeed, with the low patronage experienced by the college, no better thing would have been done than upgrading it to a polytechnic status.
With this, it is hoped that many prospective students will now embrace it and realize their academic potentials. The polytechnic will also help in managing the legion of admission seeking students at a time when the number of admission seekers far outnumber the available spaces for admission due to very few universities and tertiary institutions.
However with the upgrade comes greater responsibility by the state government in terms of funding. Already the state government is saddled with the task of sustaining the state university with campuses at Uli and Igbariam. The task becomes even greater with ensuring that the new polytechnic is up and running.
We believe that the Anambra State government is well equipped to take on this added responsibility as well as going the extra mile to get it accredited. Achieving this will ensure that the establishment of the polytechnic is not just another gimmick to garner public acclaim but a genuine desire to improve education in Anambra State.
We once more congratulate the Anambra State government on this recent feat.