By Matthew Onah, Yola
The Adamawa State Polytechnic, yola, is being repositioned to serve as a centre of excellence for the training and retraining of high capacity technical manpower for the entire north eastern region, to fill in the vacuum , as a result of the insurgency in the region.
Professor Umar BOBBOI, the Rector of the polytechnic, stated this while inducting over 4000 students, in a matriculation ceremony last Saturday.
HE stated that the polytechnic was one of few tertiary institutions in the region to have over 1500 student capacity functional ‘’E library’’ that is hooked up into internet twentyfours a day.
He stated that for the 2016/2017 academic session, a total of 4,064 students were admitted into various diploma programmes of the Polytechnic .
Adding that The Adamawa State Polytechnic comprises of three Campuses and five Colleges, namely College of Administrative and Business Studies at the Numan Campus, College of Continuing Education, College of Engineering Technology and College of Science and Technology at the Main Campus, Yola and College of Environmental Sciences at the Jambutu Campus.
These Colleges consist of various academic Departments which offer a range programmes of study for the award of Certificates.
The Polytechnic also comprises of other segments such as the Entrepreneurship Study Centre, which conducts both theoretical and practical lessons in entrepreneurship courses, the SIWES Unit responsible for students’ industrial training and the MIS Unit that is concerned with eduportal services. The Polytechnic has established a Guidance and Counselling Unit to advise and mentor students appropriately.
Cautioning the students against sharp practices, he said the Polytechnic will not tolerate unacceptable behaviours detrimental to teaching and learning and harmful to other students, staff and the general interest of the Polytechnic.
‘’ the Management will not relax in its efforts to shape your future and ensure that you are found worthy both in character and learning upon graduation from the Polytechnic ‘’
Adding that sharp practices such as fighting, examination malpractice (which attracts outright dismissal), improper dressing, vandalisation of property, cultism, violence, harbouring of criminals, theft, drug abuse, political thuggery and other social vices would not be tolerated.
Professor Bobboi said .The Polytechnic has been taking conscious steps to improve the welfare of students, their learning pursuits and extra-curricular activities through the Construction of new and rehabilitation of hostel blocks, Operation of a robust student health insurance scheme water and construction/rehabilitation of additional classrooms, workshops and laboratories.
He stated that the upgrading of the institution in to first class institution in the northeast would not have been possible without the active support of the Adamawa State Government for supporting the Polytechnic in various ways, which enable it operate smoothly.