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June 20, 2018

Imo Poly, How far so far: My brief story – Rector

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Recently the rector of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo, Ohaji, Rev. Fr. Dr. Wence Madu spoke to The Leader Newspaper, and told a story of his journey so far at the institution.
The Leader: Fr. you have been here for a while now, what value have you added to this institution, in spite of the enormous challenges you have been through?
Fr. Wence Madu: First, you will all recall the state of affairs in this institution before my assumption of office as Rector in 2012 and how the story has changed today. I met an institution that had 6 accredited courses but today we have more than 23. This is in addition to increased carrying capacity granted to our various departments. The result of this is the increase in students’ population from a little above 3000 students in 2012 when I was appointed Rector to more than 13,000 students now in Umuagwo campus alone. The two campuses at Orlu and Mbano created via the magnanimity of the Imo state Governor, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, OON, to provide more opportunities for Imolites to acquire higher education are in different levels of infrastructural and human capacity developments. The massive infrastructural and human capital development at the main campus Umuagwo is beyond the imagination of our worst critics.
In 2012, lecture rooms were less than 10 and were in shambles with licking roofs. Today, we have more than 50 lecture rooms and still have more on the verge of completion. Our ICT is well equipped and second to none in this part of the world; hence, it was one of the first to be accredited by JAMB for its Computer Based Tests (CBTs) for admission applicants. But more recently in agreement with the NBTE, facilitations are now ready for online programs in two courses: Business Management Studies and Public Administration. Interested applicant anywhere in the country can now access our online education platform This is in addition to our ongoing weekend program in courses under School of Business; and equally, part time (Evening Program) in courses under Schools of Business and Science Laboratory Technology. All these are done both at the ND and HND levels. Our collaboration with some foreign institutions and partners has given us an edge above our contemporaries in Nigeria.
I have highlighted these few, not to ring my own bells, but just to let us know where we are coming from and the inherent challenges we surmounted to get to where we are today. It is of note that all the while we had kept faith with our contractual responsibilities and obligations to both staff and students. It is equally true that we have continuously done our best to sanitize the system from its decayed past to the standard we have today, such that one can stand out in the crowd and be proud of being a graduate of Imo Poly. Where necessary, we have also injected new blood into the system by engaging fresh hands for greater productivity. All these are for the general good of the people, and especially for the students who are the reasons for any staff being employed.


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