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GovIkpeazu set to reposition Abia Poly

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DETERMINED to reposition the Abia State-owned state polytechnic, Governor OkezieIkpeazu has directed the convening of a mini summit in order to find lasting solutions to the challenges being experienced by the polytechnic.
Ikpeazu stated that the summit should take into consideration, the regular payment of staff salaries and reposition it to take a leading role in the training of next generation technologists equipped to drive innovation in the state in particular and the country in general.
The governor, who disclosed this through a press statement signed by his Commissioner for Information, Chief John OkiyiKalu, however, expressed worry about the current operating structure of the polytechnic which has made it difficult to regularly meet its wage obligations and the perennial industrial actions by staff unions.
To this end, he has invited the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe, his counterpart in NASUP, as well as local chairmen and secretaries of the relevant unions to join the management team of the institution, state ministry of education and relevant government officials, to a three-day summit which would hold from September20-22nd.
“We cannot afford to allow the bleeding at AbiaPolythenic to continue as the institution is key to the realisation of our dream of leading the rest of the country in technological advancement as our forebears did with ‘ikpuuzu.’ It is therefore necessary for us to sit down and collectively agree on a way forward that will ensure that staff, students and other stakeholders are happy to contribute their quota to the realization of the dreams that led to the setting up of the institution in the first place,” the statement read.
It would be recalled that last week, Ikpeazu had appointed a new rector for the state-owned polytechnic.

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