Abia State Polytechnic is training about 40 members of staff of the institution on various doctoral degree programmes to put the school on a sound footing to award Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in technological studies when the policy is implemented in the country. Rector of the Polytechnic, Elder Allwell Onukaogu, disclosed this at the pre-convocation press briefing held at the school’s conference room in Aba Tuesday. About 4,000 students would be graduating from the school Saturday. It is expected that the National Board for Technical Education ( NBTE) will give approval to the Polytechnics in the country to commence awarding degrees from next year and Onukaogu said that Abia Poly would not be caught napping when the policy takes off as it is preparing its staff through capacity building. “We are also gearing up towards capacity building and keying into the new policy whereby the Polytechnics will award B.Tech. What it means is that indirectly, Polytechnics will indirectly be special universities, specializing in the various technologies which mean that our human capacity has to be strenuously developed. “I want to announce that with the assistance of ETF, about 40 staff are pursuing programmes leading to the award of P.hD in their various special fields in the universities. What I am assuring the people is that this Polytechnic will be able, when the other Polytechnics will take off, to award quality of Bachelor of Tech Degrees in all the fields that we have prgrammes in” the Rector said. He recalled that when he mounted the saddle last two years, the school was on the verge of being closed by the NBTE for being deficient in science programmes. “When I took over, we were to be closed. We had been asked to stop admitting in certain programmes on account of our deficiency in technology-based programmes. Before then the only technology-based programmes we had were in the Computer Science and Statistics”. “I inherited the challenge of bringing the ratio of technology-based programmes to 70 per cent from the 33 that it was when I took over and the regulation by NBTE was that if a Polytechnic did not get the 70 science and 30 humanities ratio, you should begin to wind up,” he said. “It would have been a thing of shame for the people of Abia State, for the staff of the Polytechnic and particularly for me at the time I was in charge for us to lose what my predecessors in office and previous governments before the current government had done much to establish,” he added. He said the school has met the ratio in science programmes as it now runs Environmental Sciences (Six Departments); Town Planning, Urban and Regional Planning, Quantity Surveying, Architecture, Building Technology, Geo-informatics and Estate Management. We also have Bio-Chemistry, and Chemistry, Micro-Biology and Biology, Physics with Electronics at both HND and ND levels. On achievements in other areas, Onukaogu said the school has “seen tremendous improvement in terms of facilities.” He assured that the school was striving to institute core engineering programmes despite all odds. “It has not been easy, but we are not daunted. We are worried that in Abia State, no tertiary institution has Engineering progarmme. We will not rest on our oars until we are able establish all the core engineering programmes here. The commencement of Building Technology which is an aspect of Civil Engineering is also a basis on which we can build,” he promised. He said the Polytechnics’ second campus at Osisioma would soon come on stream as the school has reached understanding with the host community to release the land for development.
Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room
The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”
Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill
The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.
2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria
Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.
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