By Chukwudi Ikpe
The newly appointed Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Rev. Engr. Dr. Micheal Chidiebere Arimanwa has promised that he will work towards increased academic standards to ensure that the school competes favourably with other institutions both in the country and anywhere in the world.
He also assured that students and staff welfare will be top priorities of his administration as Rector.
Engr. Arimanwa made these statements while addressing newsmen after his presentation by the governing council, swearing-in and official inauguration as the 8th substantive Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede last Wednesday.
He promised to consolidate on the achievements of previous administrations, especially in the areas of infrastructure, academics and security.
As a former student of the school, Rev. Arimanwa promised to partner with the Alumni Association to take the school to greater height.
He decried the poor state of the access road leading to the school and promised to use his position to attract the attention of the government to the roads.
The Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA born Anglican cleric assured that he will run a transparent and accountable system of administration, adding that disputes would be settled amicably.
He categorically stated that he has 14 goals and 72 targets which will usher in excellence, harmony, sound teaching and welfare of all stakeholders including teachers, management, host community as well as students.
Rev. Arimanwa who is assuming office as the first Alumni Rector of the school also promised the maintenance of existing infrastructure and development of new ones.
Earlier in his address, Rev. Engr. Arimanwa expressed gratitude to God and president Muhamadu Buhari who was represented by the Minister for education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, for his appointment and promised not to disappoint.
He solicited for the support of all stakeholders to enable him succeed and adviced the students to take their studies seriously to active success in life.
The immediate past Rector of the school Dr. Mrs. Celestina Njoku called on all and sundry to support the new Rector and prayed that God will lead him to accomplish all that she could not do.
The leadership of the Academic Staff Union ASUP, Non-academic staff Union (NASUP), students union government (SUG) as well as the poly women all threw their support and allegiance to the new helsemen and appealed for the maintance of their welfare.
Also speaking, the Deputy Rector, Administration, Dr. Mrs Anthonia Nneka Nwosu, said it was interesting acting as Rector briefly, pointing out that there were no challenges. She described the new Rector as an amiable person and a man of God.
The National President of Poly Nekede Alumni Association and a former chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Imo State, Sir Fidel Onyeneke, described the day as ‘a great day for all of us’. He noted that the Association had an excellent relationship with past Rectors and expressed optimism for a most excellent relationship with the new Rector.
An Anglican cleric and the Vicar of the Cathedral of Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, Ven. A.C. Chukwuocha, thanked God for what he has done and described the new rector as the best thing to happen to the host community.
The epic event which took place at the 1000 capacity auditorium of the school was well attended. Notable among dignitaries was the chairman of the Governing Council, Edwin Osa Ojumbor who promised that the council will support him and adviced him to be obedient to the board.
Also present was the father of the new Rector, Sir Kenneth Ukachukwu Arimanwa, as well as traditional rulers and the clergy.
The chaplain of the Anglican Chapel Poly Nekede, Ven. Barr. Ugochukwu Ekeocha, gave the closing blessings.
By Chukwudi Ikpe