By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—STAFF and students of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, have been urged to “work relentlessly to improve the legacies of the institution’s founding fathers.”
The institution’s Rector, Dr. Mrs. Cele Ugochi Njoku, gave the charge Wednesday, while flagging off the Polytechnic’s 40th Anniversary and Founders Day celebration/carnival.
“Our founding fathers obviously had reasoned that this institution should not only raise self reliant graduates, but also employers of labour. We must therefore work relentlessly to improve on the legacies of the institution’s founding fathers,” Njoku said.
She reasoned that “this year’s celebration is very unique and important because it coincides with the 40th anniversary of the institution”.
In his own speech, the institution’s Governing Council Chairman, Chief Edwin Ogunbor said: “No doubt, the journey to the present, has been very challenging but interestingly, it has been very rewarding to the glory of God. As we pride in excellence, it is important to note that we are celebrating today, the indelible and immeasurable contributions of wise men and women, to the growth of our society, given not just the quantity but quality of graduates the institution has produced in the past 40 years of its existence.”
He then reassured the staff and students that the Governing Council will unreservedly continue to support management’s programmes, in taking the Polytechnic to greater heights.