Tue. Jul 26th, 2022

DR. EZE CHIKAMNAYO SAYS THE RECENT ACTION OF NBTE AGAINST ABIA POLY IS NOT OCCASIONED BY GOVERNMENT’S INABILITY TO FULFIL ITS FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS TO THE INSTITUTION.

Government has been alerted of the unpatriotic activities and attempt by some political parties and their candidates to convert the unfortunate, unwarranted and unprecedented action of the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE against the state’s illustrious Institution, the Abia Polytechnic Aba, into a political instrument.

A release endorsed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Eze Chikamnayo, notes that the recent action of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) against Abia State Polytechnic Aba, was not occasioned by government’s inability to fulfil its financial obligations to the institution, but by the dysfunctionality and ineptitude of successive Boards and Managements that have bedeviled Abia Poly.

The release reveals that between 2015 and now, covering over a period of about seventy-eight months of the lifespan of the Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu education-friendly administration, a total of over seven billion, one hundred and forty seven million naira have been remitted to Abia Poly by Government, excluding monies collected as School Fees, Caution Fees, Sundry levies and other internal revenue generated by the school and expended without any recourse whatsoever to the state Government.

While blaming the Board and Management of Abia State Polytechnic for the self-inflicted regrettable malaise and assuring that those directly involved must made to face the unsavoury consequences for bringing this avoidable embarrassment to Abians, the release points out that government in addition to approving the immediate dissolution of the Board and Management of Abia Poly, will set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to unearth the immediate and remote causes of the perennial and intractable challenges of the Institution

According to the release, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as a loving and caring father has constituted a high powered committee that will interface with the NBTE and other stakeholders to ensure that the withdrawn accreditation and normalcy are restored to the much cherished institution.                    

It further opines that NBTE’s unprecedented action against Abia Poly is not only politically induced but targeted against the State common good, arguing that several institutions of similar composition whose academic activities have been halted on salary issues in other parts of the Country still have their accreditation intact.

The release, therefore, calls on people of good conscience to condemn the action against Abia State Polytechnic as it portends a dangerous precedent inimical to the development of the educational system.

According to the release, Governor Ikpeazu continues to appeal to the students of Abia Poly and other well-meaning Abians to remain calm while directing Security Agencies to remain vigilant and ensure that selfish politicians do not exploit the situation to disrupt the peace and security of citizens.

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