The Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo, has concluded plans to launch Civil, Mechanical and Robotic Engineering in its School of Engineering. The polytechnic also implored its Schools of Engineering and Agriculture to collaborate to develop innovative products.
The rector of the polytechnic, Rev Fr Dr Nnamdi Nwankwo, stated this Friday during the fourth matriculation of the polytechnic held at Agu-Obu, Iwollo, in Ezeagu Local Government Area. Fr Nwankwo stated that the institution was making gradual progress in all fields, including its relocation to its permanent site.
On some of the difficulties encountered by some students of the polytechnic with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, which affected their mobilisation for the National Youth Service Corps scheme, Fr Nwankwo said the matter had been resolved, adding that some of the students of the poly were mobilised during the 2022 Batch-B Stream I.
On the polytechnic’s School of Entrepreneurship recently approved by the Governing Council of the institution, the rector said, “Our hope is that the school will be the bedrock of our internally generated revenue. They have started off in the areas of agriculture, and will soon be in partnership with private groups to create value chains in agricultural products.”
On accreditation of new courses of the polytechnic, Fr Nwankwo said plans were already concluded for their accreditation, both at National and Higher National Diploma levels. He expressed joy with the increasing students’ enrolment in the institution, and thanked the visitor to the polytechnic and Enugu State governor, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for his support towards making the polytechnic attain global standards. He also thanked the chairman of the Governing Council of the polytechnic, Hon Hillary Chinedu Onu, for his untiring innovations in moving the institution forward.
The deputy rector and head of Udenu Campus of the polytechnic, Dr Ejike Ajibo, urged the students to be serious with their studies to enable them to contribute their quota to the national development. Ajibo said the polytechnic is among the best following its innovations in engineering, agriculture, communication arts, business technology, applied sciences, and financial studies. He urged the students to ‘eschew vices and embrace virtues to be good citizens of Nigeria and models ESPOLY will be proud of’.
The chairman of the Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, Amb Lawrence Agubuzu, commended the noble initiatives of the polytechnic, and urged the students to make the best use of the initiatives to become refined individuals.
The highlight of the event was the administration of matriculation oath to the matriculating students. Some of them that spoke with Adadareporters.com said the polytechnic ‘is the best’, and commended the management for inculcating sound morals and knowledge in them.
HRH Igwe Chinwendu Onuoha, Ezeoha I of Eke, is among the traditional rulers that graced the event.
Our correspondent reports that the polytechnic has three campuses at Iwollo, which is the main campus; Enugu and Ezimo (Udenu campus). The expansion of the polytechnic, our correspondent gathered, is an initiation of Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.