Abia state Polytechnic Aba , Abia state which has been
bedeviled with financial recklessness and mal administration now has
an Acting Rector and Registrar following the removal of the
substantive ones a forth night by the state government.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof Ikechi Mgboji who introduced
the Acting Rector Prof. Ezionye Eboh and the Acting Registrar Mrs
Comfort Nwabughiogu to the Polytecnic community promised that
government would introduce sweeping changes in the administration of
the institution and back them by law.
He said it would include reviewing the law establishing AbiaState
Polytechnic to bring it in tandem with global best practices in
education and entrench a culture of good governance.
The commissioner who lamented the maladministration and financial
recklessness that compelled the government to change some of the
principal officers of polytechnic added that students may be included
in the making of decisions that affect them as it is done in Canada.
“I want to work with the new management and the Abia House of Assembly
to ensure that the law, the edict establishing this place will be
looked at. “That would ensure that the best practices in the world in
how schools aregoverned will apply so that by the time we are gone,
whatever good ideasthat we may have will not go with us but will be
part and parcel of the system”, he said.
He said that the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has graciously made an
emergency provision for the payment of two months salary of the
statff “even though it is not the duty of the governor to pay salaries
of the teachers in the polytechnic“
He however , warned that Government cannot continue to givemoney for
the payment of salaries of the professors, lectures and others when
the policy operational her.
The commissioner who described the Abia polytechnic as the most
expensive in terms of fees can not show what the high fees
translated to at the end and added that there is an urgent need to
look inwards to remedy the situation.
“Records show that this is the most expensive polytechnic in the
SouthEast. You pay heavy fees but you do not get the value for the
One of the major problems here he said was bloated work force
adding that N30 million a month on
overhead is too high.
The commissioner appealed to the students and staff of the
polytechnic to support the effort
of the governor to restore sanity to the institution END