In a bid to enhance the general welfare of students of the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, a new set of codes have been announced by the authorities of the institution.
Making the revelations last Saturday at the Convocation Arena during interactive session with students of the Polytechnic, the Rector, Sir Obianko Nwolu-Elechi announced ban on the use of electric iron(s) electric kettle(s), electric water boiler(s) and refrigerator(s) in the halls of residence.
The Rector said the move is a proactive measure to forestall fire our-break in the halls of residence.
The Rector said that arrangement have been concluded to provide laundry areas complete with electric irons, water boilers, etc, within the various hostels.
The meeting with the students provided the Rector’ the opportunity to explain to them what he has been doing concerning their welfare during the last 20 months as Rector of the institution.
He enumerated his achievements to include the renovation of hostels, ban on the sale of sachet water, and the provision of water treatment plant to guarantee drinking water, inauguration of Hostel Management committees to manage the hostels and the appointment of hall wardens.
The Rector listed other areas of achievement to include the renovation of Library and installation of Air Conditioners.
He said that with the assistance from the Federal Government, especially through the Minister of State for Education, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, the Polytechnic got a Special Intervention Fund of N500 million from TETFund which is now used in the ongoing construction of a 3-Storey Classroom Block; construction of a new Library Complex; the provision Coaster Bus and a 100KVA Generator for the Library, etc.
While stressing the importance of students in any institution, the polytechnic chief executive contended that without them there wouldn’t be lecturers and other staff and said that it was the reason behind the quality of attention given to their welfare. He went on to list other areas of achievement to include: The provision of accommodation to a corper doctor to attend to the health needs of students at night and the provision of a standby ambulance in case of emergency.
Sir Nwolu-Elechi disclosed that the authorities of the Polytechnic have placed a request on the state government to provide a 1500 bed space hostel so that many of the female students would be accommodated within the campus thereby ensure their safety and security.
He explained that while the polytechnic has drawn some goodwill from TETFund, NDDC and the state government, enabling it to perform this far, the polytechnic using her internally generated fund, also added one Coaster Bus for the students.
Rector called on the students to rise up and join the mangaement in the ongoing crackdown on indiscipline by volunteering informationtn at would assist in eradicating “Sorting”.
Responding to a question by a student, the Rector assured that he will personally guarantee protection for any student who brings a case of “sorting” against any lecturer assuring that nothing will happen to such student.
He disclosed that over N5 Million has been approved for the procurement of new books to enhance research.
In a vote of thanks, the Director of Student Affairs of the Polytechnic, Hon. Emmanuel Omah, thanked the Rector for all that he had done and the plans he took to promote the welfare of students of the polytechnic, pledging that his students will continue to keep the peace which has earned the institution the enviable status of one of the most peaceful Polytechnics in Nigeria.
A high point of the interactive session was the presentation of a life size portrait of the Rector by the Ag. President of the Students Union Government, Miss Lynda Kendabie.
Making the presentation she said it was the students’ little way of showing the Rector that students were fully in support of his policies.
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