Enugu State Polytechnic Iwollo Told to Continue to Encourage Agricultural Research

The Enugu State House of Assembly has called on the management of the State Polytechnic Iwollo to continue to encourage agricultural research despite its conversion from an agricultural institute to its current status.

The House Committee Chairman on Education, Science and Technology, Chief Erochukwu Ugwueze made the call when he led members of the Committee on oversight visit to the management of the institution at Iwollo, Ezeagu Local Government Area.

The school before now, was purely a College of Agriculture but was converted to a Polytechnic through a bill passed in 2015 by the House of Assembly.

 The House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, on a visit to the institution expressed satisfaction with the level of development and appealed to it not to abandon agriculture-related programmes.

The Chairman of the Committee, Chief Erochukwu Ugwueze explained that the State Government was interested in diversification of its economy through agriculture for the purpose of addressing unemployment and promoting self-reliance.

He commended the management of the Polytechnic for identifying with the State Government.

Chief Ugwueze said that the House was only interested in the socio-economic welfare of the people they were representing.

Other members of the Committee including Chief Johnbull Nwagu-Udi North, Mr. Nelson Udiyi- Awgu South and Mrs. Ethel Oyibo Ugwuanyi expressed satisfaction with the level of progress in the school.

Addressing the Committee, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Cletus Akubuilo commended the State Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for providing the institution with funding.

Professor Akubuilo announced that the Polytechnic was expecting about one billion naira from TETFUND before the end of the year.

He assured the House that the Polytechnic was already into full scale farming activities at its permanent site about one hundred and fifty hectares.

The Rector pointed out that the school would soon be a reference point on agricultural-related field in the country.







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