The State government says it has so far remitted a total of seven point one Billion naira to the Abia State Polytechnic since the inception of the present administration in 2015.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Eze Chikamnayo who disclosed this while briefing the press on the outcome of the Executive Council meeting in Government House, Umuahia, said the government has consistently remitted about ninety-two million naira monthly instead of ninety million within the past seventy-eight months of this administration.
According to the Commissioner, the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba is an autonomous body set up by law as the government does not recruit for them nor has the institution ever paid any Kobo into the coffers of government, adding that the problem of the institution is self-inflicted arising from poor management.
He explained that the board and management of Abia Polytechnic were expected to uphold best practices,but noted that instead, there has been successive abuse of best practices in the institution.
He assured that government is engaging with stakeholders to ensure that within the next one month the polytechnic gets back its accreditation in all courses as a high powered committee headed by Professor Ikechi Mgbeoji has been set up in that regard.
Dr. Chikamnayo further disclosed that government is leaving no stone unturned to sanitize Abia Polytechnic and other parastatals in the State, as it has taken a bold step by sacking the Board and management of the Abia Polytechnic.
He urged management of parastatals and other semi-autonomous boards in the State to buckle up, warning that government will not hesitate to slam its hammer on any board whose activities bring embarrassment to the government. The Information Commissioner advised the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), not to take up the job of trade unions as issues of welfare are within the purview of the union leaders.