The Imo State Polytechnic, Umuawho has initiated plans to check extortion and compulsory sale of handouts and books by lecturers to students of the institution.
The acting rector of the Polytechnic, Chief Eugene Oguh who addressed news said the institution has established a central pool for books written by foreign and indigenous authors.
He disclosed that the institution’s management has set up a committee to ensure that the cost of books being sold in the school are worth the prices.
The acting rector said the step is part of the new management’s strategy to improve the welfare of staff and students as well as ensure good relationship between lecturers and students.
He said that the institution has zero tolerance for cultism as the polytechnic has designed various programmes to engage the attention of students.
The rector appealed to Imo government to increase the polytechnic’s capital expenditure to enable it to build more classroom blocks.
The President of the student union, Mr. Emeka Eguzo complained about poor infrastructure in the institution and called on the Acting Rector to give it special attention.
The union president described the hostels in the institution as “poultry” and appealed to the state government to assist the school to redress the situation.
The rector, however promised to pass the message to the appropriate authority so as to redress the situation.