Thursday, 27 April 2017


...Admits 5,800 new students

By Ndidiamaka Ndukwe

God’s word which says that “When the righteous is on the throne, the people rejoice” has continue to find practical fulfillment in Federal Polytechnic Nekede as the woman at the helm of affairs, Dr. Mrs. Celestina Ugochi Njoku always gives her subjects reasons to say “Thank You Lord” for giving us such a leader who is a mother not just to her biological children but to the entire staff and students of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri.

Recently, during the 2017 matriculation ceremony of the institution at the ceremonial ground pavilion, the Rector, in her usual magnanimity awarded scholarship to 130 students from the various programes in National and Higher National Diploma for the period of 2years.

Explaining why she gave the surprised scholarship, Dr. Njoku hinted that it has become her tradition during matriculation to help students and also encourage gender equality. She said female or male students who are studying courses that are very different and hardly practiced by their gender is encouraged. She gave example of such category of students as some males found in Office and Technology Management, females in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Mecatronics among others. 

Earlier in her address, the Rector recalled how the institution started with 250 students and how it is growing from strength to strength as she emphasized on the motto which is “Knowledge and Skill for Service”. She said thus:

“The vision of this institution is to be a pacesetter in demand –driven technology and innovations as its mission is to nurture and sustain the culture of best practices in technology innovations in order to produce job creators for the world.”

Dr. Njoku while addressing the new students stressed on intellectual excellence which according to her is a glorious and everlasting possession. She advised them to plan their life while on campus and follow it with prompt action as she made them to understand that the power to acquire necessary skills, knowledge and attitude depends on them even while she urged them to put God first in all their doings.

Continuing, she stated that a country whose people are morally bankrupt suggests lack of development and economic growth pointing out that no alien culture is accepted in the polytechnic for the rules and regulations are implemented, no matter who is involved. 

Hear her:

“The institution has zero tolerance for cultism, exam malpractice, rape, kidnapping, sorting, robbery, intimidation, posting of inciting messages and indecent dressing. Anyone caught indulging in the above acts will not only be expelled but equally prosecuted in a competent court.

The student’s handbook will explain more of the rules and regulations of the institution for you. Make sure you get yours and study it very well. It is your right to seek redress through appropriate channel and inform the management if there is any infragment on your right in areas such as buying of textbooks above sealing price recommended by the school, intimidation by staff, money for marks, and sexual harassment.”

However, she encouraged parents to help the school reduce corruption, pay their wards school fees promptly, monitor their children and help encourage them to make up skills in the ongoing entrepreneurship studies in the school which ranges from leather shoes, barbing and weaving, fabrication/welding, furniture making, mats as she extends her appreciation to individuals and organizations that engaged PolyNek students in their industrial training courses.

Highlights of the occasion were taking of matriculation oaths by new students, FEDPONEK Choir ministration, Brigade and Man O’war displays while all principal officers, Deans, HODs, Directors, SUG Officials, parents, friends and well wishers of the matriculating students were all in attendance.

Photo Credit: Ihenacho Christian C.


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