…Matriculates 2,773 New Intake
In light of new realities and the increasing demands of the industry and society, the management of Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Rumuola, Port Harcourt has increased the period allocated to the practical components of the entrepreneurship programme which is now compulsory for all students.
Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Samuel Kalagbor who described this during the 31st matriculation of the institution, Wednesday, March 30, said the measure was to enhance the employability skills of the students and make them more relevant to the demand of the industry and self reliant after graduation.
To complement the programme according to the rector, the polytechnic also hopes to take advantage of the enlistment of the institution by the Tertiary Trust Fund (TETfund) and the expected corresponding funds to improve on the existing infrastructure to enhance the carrying capacity of the polytechnic as well as enhance the human capacity development of both the teaching and non-teaching staff of the institution.
Already, the management of the polytechnic through the TETfund has concluded arrangements to provide a 330KVA generating plant for the institution to complement public power supply on campus, Dr Kalagbor also disclosed.
While congratulating the matriculants for the fortune of being admitted into the polytechnic, Dr. Kalagbor charged them to be law abiding and concentrate on their studies against the temptation of digressing from their academic pursuit.
He further hinted that in addition to the already 14 accredited programmes of the polytechnic by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), the board has approved the introduction and integration of psychometric education into the relevant curricula of approved programmes of the board.
“Students are therefore required to register the course online and participate in lectures, tests and examinations,” the rector noted, stressing that any student who does not register, participate and pass the prescribed examination will not graduate.
Dr. Kalagobor listed some of the breathroughs of the polytechnic recently to include putting in place virtual learning and examination to assist the polytechnic to have continuous lectures and examinations and which were prominently used during the Covid-19 lockdown for uninterrupted academic activities and to encourage students to begin to adjust to innovative education in line with the realities of today; professional accreditations by the institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Charted Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) for the department of accounting and banking and finance respectively; induction of 37 diploma students of the polytechnic as graduate members of the Computer Professionals Registration of Nigeria for 2020/2021 session.
These, he said would open up new vista of opportunities for the polytechnic and graduates of the institution.
According to the rector, Dr Kalagbor, all the laws against social vices in the polytechnic, ranging from secret cult and related activities to sexual harassment, indecent dressing, extortion, imposition of handouts and unapproved textbooks, drug abuse and examination malpractice, etc are still in force in the institution.
The rector exceptionally commended the State Governor, Chief Barr Nyesom Wike and the Governing Council of the polytechnic for their special interest and efforts to ensure the polytechnic gets stronger and remains the best among its equals in the country.
A total of 2,773 students matriculated for both National Diploma and Higher National Diploma levels of the polytechnic.