Having churned out thousands of successful graduates who have made their marks in different sectors over the years, all is set for Auchi Polytechnics to celebrate its 50th anniversary in grand style.
In preparation for the D-day, the rector, Dr Philipa Idogho has set up a committee to plan the activities to mark the institution’s golden jubilee.
Recalling the foundation- laying of the school in 1963, Idogho noted that the institution which started out as a technical college pioneered by the British Government in 1963, has since graduated into a polytechnic in 1974 during the Midwest Regional Government.
The Rector who was elated that the institution clocked 50 years during her tenure, also pointed out some of the school’s achievements.
She said that Auchi Poly has been ranked second in Nigeria after Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, by the web-based Webometric ranking of Nigerian and world universities.
Among other achievements, Idogho added that the school has gotten full accreditation of its 63 programmes; inauguration of the Campus II of the polytechnic; and the successful implementation of its international exchange programmes with the University of Wolverhampton.
Others include: performances in competition including the poly expo on fabrication and industrial designs (1st position), NUXART competition for undergraduates of universities, polytechnics and colleges of education; UN recognition.
She said: “These feats have only been possible because of the commitment of present and past leaders, as well as workers of the institution.
She lauded her predecessors for putting in the hard work that has brought glory to the institution.
Her words: “An institution is not built in one day and as we set out to mark 50 years, we must recognise the contributions of Messrs E. Summers, S. Greenhalf, E. Buckley, S.O. Egube and F.I. Ekhaese, former principals of the school.
“Also to be remembered for their remarkable contributions are Dr Pius Igharo, Eric Bazuaye, Prof Abdul Yesufu and Dr Ohimai Eboreime, all past rectors who worked hard to make this institution great.
“Each of them in the course of their watch over the institution met peculiar challenges which they competently and effectively addressed.
It is the cumulation of our efforts that has made this institution great and ahead of its peers.”