It was a joyous atmosphere at Calvary Polytechnic, Owa Oyibu on Friday April 6, 2018, as the new intakes into the institution were formally absorbed. It was revealed by the proprietor of Calvary Polytechnic, Chief Chuks Nkenchor Okwuokenye, the Inneh of Owa that the event was the second matriculation ceremony of the institution since its inception in 2015. The first, he said, was held on the 5th of May 2017.
He stated among his reasons of establishing the school, as a way of keying into the government’s commitment to provide access at all levels of education. Bringing the institution home, he added, is to give back to his people “something tangible and sustainable” after they have helped and trained him over the years, and the burning desire to carry on “ the good and great work of education started by my late mum, Mrs. E.M. Okwuokenye.”
The choice of a polytechnic, Chief Chuks Okwuokenye, said, is to produce highly skilled individuals in order to curb the alarming rate of unemployment and poverty in the country.
“The polytechnic education is essentially to provide the needed middle level manpower that will serve as the engine of growth for the economy.” he asserted.
Similarly, the rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Benedict E. Okoh, in his address, stated, “The major aim of polytechnic education is to promote Technical and Vocational Education and training, technology transfer and skills acquisition to enhance the socio-economic development of a nation. Polytechnic education plays a vital role in human resource development of a nation by producing skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and improving the lifestyle of the citizens of the nation.”
Sequel to this, the rector confidently demonstrated the school’s readiness to champion this course, saying that “the facilities of the polytechnic are excellent and adequate; they provide a conducive environment that can help our students to excel. The facilities include fully equipped standard lecture halls, Laboratories, Workshops, Library, Computer Studio, Drawing Studio, Multipurpose hall, Internet services, Sports ground and sports equipment. We have also built Computer Based Test (CBT) centre in the institution for the training and examination of JAMB candidates and other services. The polytechnic is staffed with well qualified and experience academic and non academic personnel.”
To this end the visitor of the Polytechnic, HRM (Dr.) Efeizomor II (JP OON), the Obi of Owa kingdom, considered the matriculants’ choice of the school, a wise one.
“Your decision to study in this polytechnic is a very wise one considering the fact that the institution’s curricula activities are targeted at imparting students with theoretical knowledge alongside technical skills acquisition at a time when tackling youth unemployment through entrepreneurial development is being canvassed nationwide.”
The monarch also chipped in that the polytechnic “has been approved by the Federal Ministry of Education (NBTE) and Delta State Ministry of High Education to function as a higher institution of learning with the capacity to award National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) to graduates of the polytechnic. At present, it offers courses in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Science and Accountancy.”
With all these said, he added, “My dear students, your choice of Calvary Polytechnic is the best thing that has happened to you.”
Speaking further, the monarch admonished the students to shun all vices associated with higher institutions, such as cultism, sexual misconduct, indecent dressing, examination malpractices, violence and other negative acts.
These vices according to Mrs. Anonankiti-Maidoh S.N. the representative of the Hon. Commissioner of Higher Education, will earn them expulsion and rustication. Hence, the Obi gave a fatherly advice, “therefore, tend towards positivity and make your parents and the society at large proud of you.”
In a show of gratitude, the proprietor appreciated all who contributed to the establishment of the school. “His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa the Executive Governor of Delta State, guided us with policies that have supported the establishment of a private polytechnic. He personally prepared and signed documents required for the express approval of the institution by the federal government. The effort of Hon. I.S Agidi and Barr Raymond Isitor will always be in mind as they tirelessly supported the idea and provided both intellectual and material support needed. Dr. Anuku gave us direction and prepared some documents needed for the approval. We also appreciate Prof. Igbogbo for his show of love anytime he was contacted and greatly assisted us. The entire people of Owa Oyibu have their names written in gold. We strongly appreciate many others too numerous to mention for their kind gesture and support.” He thanked the Obi of Owa especially for the provision of the land, his fatherly advice and assistance for the springing up and subsequent growth of the institution. “As a responsible organization,” he said, “the council approved scholarship to twenty students from our immediate community Owa Oyibu as our corporate social responsibility; the reason being that they are our immediate community and they have graciously given us this land.”
Also present at the event, are HRM Pst Solomon Chukwuka I, the Obi of Ute-Okpu kingdom, Dr. Joseph E. Ukadike, Provost, College of Education, Agbor, Barr. Raymond Isitor, member of the Calvary Polytechnic Governing council, Prof. Igbogbo, S.P. Iyamu, D.P.O Owa-Oyibu Police Station, Chief Jude Ugbekile, Prof. John O. Alizor, Mr. John Edafe the Deputy Rector of Okwuashi-Ukwu Polytechnic, and many others.