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Monday, April 4, 2016

Sexual Assault: AIFPU Rector threatens sanctions against Lecturers

The Rector of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Uwana (AIFPU), Ven Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo yesterday threatened to deal decisively with any lecturer caught sexually or financially assaulting the students.
He handed down the warning this during the 35th Matriculation Ceremony of the School.
According to him,  appropriate measures have been taken to eradicate or curtail extortion of any form,  adding that severe sanctions will be meted out on erring persons.
Ven Enwo said his administration has taken steps to reduce the menace of cultism in the school with the appointment of a Chief Security Officer and other strategies.
The Rector urged the Federal Government to review the Federal Polytechnic Act without delay.
He noted  that the move  will revolutionalise polytechnic education in the country and ensure the production of manpower up to the highest level from Bachelor of Technology to Doctorate degree of Technology.
“The review will also enable us be at par with universities while allowing our core mandates to remain.
The rector noted that the move will ensure productivity and ensure a level playing ground for all members of the sector such that they would attain the peak of their careers.
“We should abrogate all dichotomies militating against productivity, as obtained in the career progression between the university and polytechnic graduates,” he said.
He said  that the institution was matriculating 6,025 students for the 2015/ 16 academic session, all admitted into 30 academic departments and spread across six schools.
He noted that 3, 911 students were granted provisional admission to pursue National Diploma (ND) programmes while 2, 114 students were offered admission into Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes.
According to him,  the institution was collaborating with  the Federal University of Technology (FUTO) Owerri and the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (Umudike) Abia,  to award Bachelor of Science Degrees.
He  congratulated the students for being admitted into the institution, noting that achieving their successes begins immediately which should make them work hard.
“We  frown at laziness and examination misconduct which negates the objectives of parents and guardians in sponsoring you”.
He enjoined them to shun  secret-cultism and its related activities as its membership pitches them with Satan, as it is not tolerated in this institution.
The occasion also witnessed the observance of the matriculation procession, taking of matriculation oath by the students, among other events.

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