Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on stakeholders of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba to reposition the institution to a global standard.
The Governor made this statement on Sunday while declaring open a three-day education summit in Aba.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Onyebuchi Ememanka, said the inability of the polytechnic to maintain stability in the academic calendar had led to a sharp decline in the students’ population.
Ikpeazu encouraged the new Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Kalu Osonwa, to be innovative and to introduce academic programmes that would respond to the yearnings and aspirations of the polytechnic environment.
He advised the polytechnic to take advantage of the commercial environment of Aba to seek means to remain relevant.
“Build a sustainable academic environment and ensure that only qualified lecturers are hired to teach students. Conduct an urgent manpower needs assessment in the institution to identify areas where human resources are critically needed; it makes no sense to have too many workers whose wages the institution cannot afford.”