IMT Enugu and the quest for degree awarding status

There are2016_11_21_93578 now strong hopes that the Insti­tute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, will soon be up­lifted into a degree award­ing institution. The school was founded as far back as 1973 with the major ob­jective to train profession­als needed to industrialise the South-East aftermath of the devastated effects of the Nigeria’s civil war.
Far beyond the origi­nal concept and initiative of the founders that the school will serve only the South East, IMT garnered general interest from every part of the country with­in the first decade of its es­tablishment, with increas­ing intake of students from various parts of the coun­try.
The institution over the years obviously lived up to its expectations in pro­ducing graduates in Arts, Management and En­gineering fields that are well fitted into both pri­vate and public organisa­tions cut across the coun­try and beyond. With the creation of Anambra and Ebonyi states in 1991 and 1996, Enugu State inherit­ed the school as one of the state’s owned higher insti­tutions.
But the good thing going for the institution remains the fact that it has retained the standard it attained in terms of quality of prod­ucts since inception. Sec­ondly, it is situated at a large expanse of land that has permitted expansion of all the needed infrastruc­tural facilities.
The movement of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, (ESUT) to its permanent site at Agbani became a blessing in disguise for IMT. The Institution re­covered all the infrastruc­tures it lent out to ESUT and also gained those that were built by ESUT man­agement while they stayed within Independence lay­out campus of IMT.
In addition, IMT bene­fitted massively from Ter­tiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) projects under the administration of ex-President, Goodluck Jon­athan.
This huge availability of both human and material resources currently at the institution informed the reason for the clamour for it to be upgraded into a de­gree awarding institution. The state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has since heed­ed to this call and has set actions in motion for real­ising the objective.
Precisely, in his maiden Democracy Day broadcast to the people and residents of the state, the governor revealed that upgrading IMT into a degree award­ing institution is among the projects his adminis­tration will give serious attention.
Ugwuanyi stated that his administration had set in motion the processes and machinery for the upgrad­ing of IMT into a degree awarding institution and also intervened in rescuing IMT from the crumbling weight of salary arrears and resultant low morale of members of staff.
The committee set up to the effect is already work­ing assiduously for the ob­jective to become a reality. The State House of Assem­bly has also given its nod to the move. The state leg­islators at a recent plenary session passed the bill up­grading IMT into a degree awarding institution with multiple campuses.
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