By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, in collaboration with the Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education, Hon Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche, has flagged off the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Campaign of Anambra State Polytechnic (ANSPOLY), Mgbakwu, in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Speaking to Fides, the Public Relations Officer of ANSPOLY, Okagbue Chukwuanu Sunday, said the epoch-making event which was held at the ICT Centre of ANSPOLY, was organized to showcase the economic potentials of the Polytechnic towards becoming a self reliant institution and to sensitize the general public on the economic potentials for the development of various enterprises that could generate substantial income for the Polytechnic.
Speaking while flagging off the campaign, Governor Obiano, who was represented by the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Solid Minerals and Energy, expressed gratitude to the Governor, whom, she said, upgraded the College of Agriculture to the status of a Polytechnic and followed it up with many infrastructural developments to meet the NBTE requirements.
Mbanefo who was earlier in the Institution on a familiarization tour and visited many sites, stated that ANSPOLY was on the path of rapid development, pointing out that the Polytechnic had a very good mission and vision.
She enjoined the Council and Management to uphold it while ensuring that the Governor’s desires concerning the institution were actualized.
The Commissioner said that her Ministry had developed what she termed low hanging fruit for IGR generation, stating that she had charged the institutions under her Ministry to provide single one liner of their IGR since inception and create IGR windows achievable in a short term duration of three months.
Continuing, Barr. Mbanefo maintained that IGR generation was the big deal in the legacy trails of Governor Obiano, saying that the flag off event had provided a brainstorming session to address it, even as she informed the audience that efficiency and perseverance were needed to achieve sustainable IGR generation and all round infrastructural and human development.
She said her Ministry and tertiary institutions under her Ministry needed to encourage the Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education, Hon Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche, whom, she said, was ever ready to work with the Ministry and the institutions to ensure speedy, steady and sustained development.
Mbanefo charged the ANSPOLY Management to get their budget ready and as realistic as possible and appreciated Hon Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche for all the support and encouragement and also the ANSPOLY Governing Council led by Prof C. P. E. Omaliko.
The Commissioner called on all stakeholders to key into the ANSPOLY IGR Campaign and appreciated ANSPOLY for being the first to start the campaign.
She congratulated the Rector, Management and staff and urged them to keep up with the good work.
The Rector, Dr. C. Mefoh, in her address appreciated the Governor for seeing the need for a befitting state-owned Polytechnic and announced the upgrade of the College to the status of a Polytechnic in his 2017 New Year Message, while following it up with many infrastructural developments to meet NBTE requirements and to be able to compete with any higher institution of repute anywhere in the globe.
In his brief remarks, the Chairman of Council, Prof C. P. E. Omaliko, lent his voice to that of the Rector in appreciating Gov Obiano and assured the commissioner of their maximum support to ensure that the desires of the Governor in setting up the Institution were actualized and sustained.
Contributing virtually to the event, the Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education, Hon Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche, expressed her happiness for being part of the epoch-making event and appreciated the Governor for the good works she said the Governor was doing for Anambra and humanity.
Speaking online from her base she expressed her gratitude to the commissioner, whom, she said, within just a week of assuming office, had achieved a lot which included the flag off the ANSPOLY IGR Generation Campaign.
Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche charged the Rector to produce the hard copies of both her address and presentations and the proceedings of the event and send to her office for necessary action while assuring that she would work with the Commissioner, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and ANSPOLY Management to see to the actualization of the projects.
The presentation of IGR-oriented facilities was done by the Rector, while two ANSPOLY Staff, Mr. Levi Okoye of Animal Health and Production Technology Department and Mr. Ezechi Chibuzo of the Fisheries Technology Department, made presentations on poultry and fish farming, with all showcasing the great benefits of embarking on the ventures thus, presenting possibilities for increased and maximal IGR generation for the Polytechnic.
The six revenue windows to drive the Polytechnic’s IGR projects as presented, included battery cage poultry farming, fisheries/aquaculture, bakery, muturu cattle farming, modern mechanized food processing, and crop/palm farm.