Governor Akpabio charged the new graduates to take advantage of the positive changes that had taken place in the state, noting that they were lucky to be joining the labour market that had been watered by the uncommon transformation of his administration. He urged them to join the emerging industrial revolution in the state, adding that they must avoid the danger of seeking riches by all means as well as being involved in cultism and drug peddling.
Speaking after being conferred with the fellowship of the polytechnic, the NDDC Chief Executive Officer, Barr. Dan-Abia, thanked the institution for recognizing those who had contributed in one way or the other to the growth and development of technological education in the Niger Delta. He said that technological education was the bedrock of industrial
development and should therefore be promoted by both the government and the private sector.
The NDDC boss assured the polytechnic authorities that the Commission would intervene in addressing the challenges facing the institution. “We will send our team to come and assess the needs and determine how best we can be of assistance.
However, be rest assured that the NDDC will provide a brand new electricity generating set for the polytechnic,” Dan-Abia said.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Israel Affia, said that the institution had witnessed a steady growth in recent years, leading to the accreditation of most of its programmes by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE. He gave credit to Governor Akpabio for the transformation that had taken place in the polytechnic.
He said that Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic had been ranked among the ten best polytechnics in Nigeria, largely because of the improved facilities provided for the various academic programmes. He stressed the need for the polytechnic to remain committed to excellence and urged graduates of the institution to form an alumnus group that would support the governing board of the polytechnic.