The accreditation of the Abia State Polytechnic Aba, has been restored, says State commissioner for information and strategy, Barr Eze Chikamnayo.
AbaCityBlog recalled that the National Board of Technical Education, NBTE, has withdrawn the Abia poly accreditation, citing unpaid salary arrears owed the workers at the institution.
However, the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, intervened and released a sum of 450 Million Naira as Salary Support to the institution to immediately pay 4 months out of the salaries owed workers by the Polytechnic.
In a statement released on Monday, the commissioner said Gov Ikpeazu has realized his avowed determination to put smiles on the faces of the students and Stakeholders of the Abia State Polytechnic Aba by restoring the accreditation.
The full statement reads:
“It will be recalled that few weeks ago, the accreditation of Abia State Polytechnic Aba was sadly withdrawn by the National Board of Technical Education in what many regarded as curious and controversial circumstances.
“This grievous development was greeted with expected outrage and sadness by all well-meaning Abians especially in view of the fact that such unprecedented action was made in clear disregard to the welfare and sensibilities of students and Stakeholders of the institution.
“Consequently, His Excellency, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu rose to the occasion propelled by the fact that the welfare of our citizens has always been of utmost concern to his administration beyond all other legalistic consideration .
“We are, therefore, happy to announce that the accreditation of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba has been restored by the National Board of Technical Education ,NBTE owing to gallant efforts of our Dear Governor.
“The achievement of this uncommon feat on scheduled time has been made possible not only by the prompt provision of 450 million Naira by our education loving Governor to bail out the Institution from their self inflicted malaise but by the immediate adoption of far reaching reforms aimed at establishing sustainable growth and best practices moving forward.
“On behalf of all well meaning Abians, home and abroad and the entire membership of the State Executive Council, we thank the Governor, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu for his exemplary leadership acumen and undeniable contributions to the welfare and development of Abia State Polytechnic Aba.