The Management of the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, has appealed to muti-nationals and the organised private sector to assist the polytechnic in the provision of generating sets and other facilities to enhance the welfare of students, since the government alone cannot bear the huge burden.
The Ag. Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. T.G. Sokari made the call while addressing a cross-section of students residing in one of the hostels of the Polytechnic who experience poor electricity, and water shortages during the weekend.
Prof. Sokari who decried the situation where the polytechnic had to spend its limited resources on the endless purchase of diesel and frequent maintenance of moribund generating sets to ensure the supply of electricity on campus, since there is no supply of electricity by NEPA in Bori, pleaded for the mature understanding of the students and promised that the management of the Polytechnic would tackle the electricity and water problems in the hostel immediately.
Responding on behalf of the students, the hostel secretary, Mr. Dokubo Ogbaye Obi, a student of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Polytechnic, thanked the Ag. Rector for personally coming to the hostel to see things for himself.
He assured him that the students of the Polytechnic, unlike their counterparts in other tertiary educational institutions, would always use dialogue, rather than confrontation, in seeking solution to problems and expressed the hope that the management of the Polytechnic and the state government would reciprocate the comportment and peaceful disposition of the students by improving upon hostel facilities in the Polytechnic.