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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed regrets that despite the fact that Abia State contributes largely to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of the nation, it is underestimated.
The Governor who insists that Abia remains the hub of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Africa, revealed that Abia exports leather works and garments in large quantities on daily basis to neighbouring countries.
Governor Ikpeazu who spoke at Abia State Polytechnic, Aba during the inspection of some projects fabricated and exhibited by the students stated that the confidence of the nation and Africa at large to Aba made goods through the Project Made in Aba Campaign is gradually being regained.
He described academic excellence as the ability to oppose ideas, challenge theories and stand with concrete evidence behind the argument, emphasizing that the states ivory towers are his tools to achieving his government's objectives.
Governor Ikpeazu who highlighted that he understands the challenges confronting the education sector said he is not only interested in schools renovation but rationalization of schools infrastructure. He said his concept is to build an academic community comprising of creche, Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools with quality laboratories, libraries and conducive learning environment.
The Governor called on the management of the school to work at making the institution a testing ground for all goods produced and fabricated on the school including the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency. ASEPA, buckets.
He promised to sponsor three members of staff of the school to any African Country of their choice for training to improve on the learning outcome and mental development.
The Board Chairman of the School, Chukwu Nwachukwu said the Polytechnic's drive for excellence in education is unequal and would work with him to ensure the institution is the best in the country.
Prof. Martins Ifeanacho, Rector, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba revealed that the polytechnic is assiduously working at becoming a university of science and technology. He assured of the commitment of the institution to partner with industries, and stakeholders at achieving this.
Prof. Ifeanacho emphasized that the school is strategically positioned to solve the middle manpower need if man, harness the indigenous culture of fabrication by the Igbos, mediate inventing processes in Nigeria and assist the government in leaving a lasting legacy in Abia.
He also promised that they would partner ASEPA in its Abia green project.
Meanwhile, following a challenge by the Governor to the management of the institution to find ways of partnering his administration in achieving it's goals in the education sector, the management in presenting their findings titled "Challenge of Government in Abia State Polytechnic "explained that most government owned primary schools in the state are dilapidated and in a very sorry state.
The most affected schools are Umuokahia Community School 1 and Ahiaba Central School, all in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state.
Their findings were acknowledged by the Governor who promised to give a boost to the schools with his model of education of an academic institution.
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