By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Eight new academic programmes are due to be added to the two existing programmes at the Federal Polytechnic in Ukana, Akwa Ibom State by next academic year.
The new programmes which would be added to the existing Statistics and Computer Sciences are Computer Engineering, Survey, Accounting, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
This is addition to plan to move the administrative seat from the Annex site to its Permanent Campus by 2021.
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Uduak Ukekpe, stated this on Thursday, when he took newsmen on a tour of ongoing construction work and facilities at the institution to mark his two years in office as Rector.
Dr Ukekpe mentioned that the new programmes would kick start from the permanent campus, adding that the Polytechnic currently has 85 students because the Annex Campus could not accommodate them.
He stated that the institution could not admit more than the students capacity prescribed by JAMB, saying that the admission capacity in Computer Science had been met but not in Statistics.
Ukekpe who said that 80 percent of ongoing projects at the institution’s permanent campus was sponsored by TETFUND, noted that by the middle of 2021, academic activities may likely resume there.
“We have plans to move the administrative seat to the permanent campus. Civil Engineering and Electrical Electronics Engineering Complexes as listed by NBTE are ongoing. By next year we will be good to go for the engineering programmes. Some of the equipment have been installed.
“When I came in, there was no access road, there were no buildings that were near completion. No contractors were on site. We put up these structures within two years. We are currently running two programmes: Statistics and Computer Science.
“We are targeting eight more courses. We have manpower on ground but it is not adequate. We will be employing if embargo is lifted by next year. What stopped the process was the embargo placed on employment when COVID-19 came in.
“80 percent of the projects you have seen here is as a result of TETFUND intervention. I want to thank TETFUND; we are doing our best to attract any TETFUND intervention where possible,” he stated.
On the issue of cultism, the Rector said there was no case of cultism in the institution as students have been warned against it, adding that exams malpractice was at a zero percent.
He dismissed insinuations about the host community encroaching into the land of the institution, saying the community donated the land for the permanent site to the Polytechnic and the relationship beween them has been cordial.
“So far we have not had anything to show that there is cultism. Exam malpractice is at zero percent based on the last exams we conducted. Defaulting students in the past were disciplined, so we don’t have such incidence.
“Compensation for the land was done, but when I came, what I learnt is that the Polytechnic freely demarcated the land. We have started perimeter fencing to avoid encroachment,” he said.