Chairman of the Governing Council of Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas, Bonny, Rivers state, Senator Julius Ucha yesterday disclosed that the mission given to them by President Muhammadu Buhari since June, 2017 has been accomplished.
Ucha, is a Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state and the 2015 governorship candidate of the party, also two term senator for Ebonyi central at the upper chamber from 2003 to 2011.
Addressing newsmen while presenting the Council’s scorecard in Abakaliki, Ucha noted that the school which was hitherto non-functional was brought to full scale academic activities under his chairmanship.
He further expressed happiness that he secured accreditation of five departments, confirmation of staff and superintended over the appointment of substantive Rector of the school.
He gave insight on his scorecards: “I was appointed chairman governing council of Polytechnic of Oil and Gas Bonny, Rivers state. We met a very wonderful environment, magnificent buildings. Good structures were on ground. But unfortunately we were shocked on what we saw. Apart from the staff, no academic activities were going on in the school.
“It was difficult to know what they were doing because in an institution of that nature, one would have expected students on ground because that was what would keep the staff. So we quickly called a meeting with the staff, addressed and admonished them.
“As a council we made a promise that if within one year, we are not able as council to secure accreditation, for some departments of the Poly, that means that the council has failed on her responsibilities. Council swung into action and since then we have been working hard to ensure we change the situation on ground”.
He therefore commended President Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation in uplifting the standard of education also stressing “I remain eternally grateful to Director of Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas and the Rectors of Polytechnics, Nekede and Ken Saro Wiwa for the supports, encouragement they gave to us during the accreditation.