Dr. Michael Arimanwa the rector of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Imo State, has disclosed the strategy the management employed address cuitism that has ravaged the institution in the recent past.
According to Arimanwa the journalist in Owerri said the management enaged in the indigenes of the host communitedraly as security men who he said knew the rampaging cultists.
He also said that the Department of State Security (DSS) and the effort of the indigenes who help in nipping the cult activities in the bud.
He praise the police and DSS for being prompt is responding to distress calls from the institution.
Arimanwa said his administration has digitalized the institution, thereby making it a ‘smart campus’.
This, he maintained has help in tackling issues of extortion and exploitation of students, as virtually everything is now done online.
The minister give in that he considers the assistance of the employment of over 500 persons within three years as the biggest achievement of his administration.
Mr Arimanwa said it was the first time the institution would employ such number of persons within three years.
“We facilitated the employment of over 500 persons within this period. I consider that the biggest achievement of my administration because it is the largest number the institution has employed within three years since its inception.
“We have taken people off the streets; we have empowered families because for everyone who is working, about four other persons are benefitting”.
The rector added that the institution has also facilitated the training of many members of its staff overseas and within the country to ensure optimum performance.
According to him a total of 40 students have received scholarships from the management, efforts have also been put in place to ensure protection of students living off campus.
he revealed that the institution was making plans to affiliate with the Federal University of Technology Owerri to enable the students obtain degrees.
Arimanwa remember how the the polytechnic made a breakthrough in manufacturing fully automated hand washing and drying machine last year at the outbreak of Covid-19.