...As Alumni Insists On Internal Rector, Wants Poly Upgraded to University
By Abuchi Onwumelu
Thursday, 22nd November 2018 will go down in the history of Federal Polytechnic, Oko, in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra State as a day the Alumni Ultra Modern national secretariat complex built by the Federal Polytechnic, Oko Alumni association was commissioned.
The event which started with fanfare, reunion, exchange of pleasantries by the members of the association had past and present rectors of the Polytechnic in attendance. The event also featured award presentation to prominent and distinguished individuals including the pioneer rector of the Polytechnic, Prof Eugene O. Nwadialor.
Commissioning the edifice, the chairman governing council, Federal Polytechnic Oko, Hon. Chief Engr. Lasbry Amadi, KSC, eulogized the Alumni association for starting and completing what he described as a very strategic and meaningful project, noting that the building would serve many purposes to not only the association but also the institution.
Hon. Amadi who was represented by Barr. Jude Ezeagwi said the association with their current service to their school had ignited the fire of generosity, contribution and selfless service in both the management, past students and present undergraduates, saying that the project would motivate the current crop of students giving back to their school when they graduate.
Earlier in a remark, the acting rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Izuchukwu Onu expressed satisfaction with the way and manner the building was started and completed, describing the relationship between the management of the school and the association as cordial, even as he admonished them to address what he described as unnecessary bickering amongst the members of the association.
Dr. Onu who was physically present at the occasion extolled the leadership of the Alumni Associated led by comrade Luke U. Nweke, KSM, for their initiative and also for painstakingly embarking on the laudable project, noting that he would not stop thanking them for adding to the already existing structures in the school, even as he pleaded with them to help in completing the student's hostels and other abandoned projects in the school.
Presenting his address, the national president of the association, Comrade Luke U. Nweke, KSM, expressed gratitude to God for His grace and guidance from the beginning and to the completion stage of the project.
Comrade Nweke thanked the past rectors and past management team of the Polytechnic for their leadership qualities and managerial acumen, emphasizing that without their inputs the Polytechnic would had been underdeveloped and unattractive.
The national president appreciated the Acting Rector, Dr. Izuchukwu Onu for establishing what he described as a very working relationship with the Alumni and also for his advice, encouragement and assistance.
He further thanked the Board members led by Dr. Chukwugekwu Ubaka, members of National Executive Council (NEC), members of the Central Working Committee (CWC), the branch Chairmen and their executive members for their massive support to the present administration.
Nweke who described the project as unique, memorable and historic said it was the first their members were celebrating their own project, started and completed, saying that the journey to the built project started on 12th of February, 2016 when the foundation laying ceremony was performed, adding that every money generated for the project was from their members and loans from OMFB Ltd and FPOSMCS Ltd.
Comrade Nweke, a Knight of St. Mulumba said the association had not received any financial support from government either within or outside, noting that at the level of completion, the Alumni had spent a total sum of N60,000.00 million of which N6.5 million was owed to their creditors, adding that apart from paying back N6.5m to their creditors, money was equally needed to equip and furnish the secretariat.
He called on public spirited individuals to assist the association to help the Alumni liquidate the outstanding debt as well as furnish building.
'The complex in question is very large, it has (3) three floors, 3 utility halls, 17 offices, shops and modern toilet facilities. Each office in 2nd and 3rd floor has its own toilet. The overhead pillars and tank. Therefore, the Alumni is calling on the Polytechnic Management, the Local Government Council, friends, and individuals to come to our aid by donating generously to have the halls and offices equipped. So as to position the Secretariat complex for income generation.
'I will not conclude this address without pointing out a very crucial demand from Federal Government, Federal Polytechnic, Oko has come to stay for almost three decades now, the rector-ship of this Polytechnic has been outsiders. Therefore, Federal Polytechnic, Oko Alumni association demand for internal rector. We cannot fold our hands henceforth to see outsiders come here to hoot, and cripple the Polytechnic from Federal Government on a final note.
'We also demand for elevation of Federal Polytechnic, Oko to University of Science and Technology. We have the materials and manpower,' Nweke concluded.