The Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, Rev. Engr. Michael Chidiebere Arimanwa has flayed a media report published on the front page of one of the State based tabloids last week Wednesday captioned, “Federal Poly Nekede Sacks Over 200 lecturers, Rector Fingered”.
Speaking to Newsmen, Rev. Arimanwa described the authors of the publication as mischief makers challenging any acclaimed sacked staff to publish his or her sack letter. He disclosed that the Institution recently employed over 400 workers in both Academic and Non- Academic areas.
The Rector informed that the Institution only has challenges of simultaneously engaging over 600 lecturers of Part-time and Evening programmes. “Federal Government does not sponsor Part-time and Evening programmes. It is our responsibility to take care of the lecturers. Hence, we have over 600 lecturers for Part-time and Evening programmes in our data based, we cannot engage them at the same time. We consider the quantity to be engaged in each semester, whereas we engage the rest in next semester. So, we rotate them. And we spend over #100 million annually to pay the Part-time and Evening programmes lecturers. Anybody who claimed to has been sacked by Federal Polytechnic, Nekede should publish his/her sack letter”, Rev. Arimanwa argued.
Similarly, the Institution has kicked off free COVID-19 screening for management, students and its host communities. Rev. Arimanwa revealed that the exercise emanated from reasonable suspicions from some departments where some students were reportedly falling sick. “we have cases of incessant fever hitting some of our students in some of the departments, and we cannot fold our hands watching the situation to get worst. We have directed the affected students to subject themselves for screening as part of our precautionary measure. Poly Nekede is the first institution in the country to organize a comprehensive free COVID-19 screening. I have been tested. And the screening teams have been deployed to different departments within the school premises. I have written to the heads of our host communities for them to get ready for the exercise. The cost for COVID-19 test in some places is between #38,000 and #40,000. And we are ready to screen as many as those who make themselves available for free of charge”, the Rector concluded.