Akwa Ibom commissioner for education has said Governor Udom Emmanuel-led administration is committed to improving the standard of education at the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua.
Mrs Idongesit Etiebet made the remarks on Friday when the rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Moses Umobong, led top management staff of the institution to the bi-monthly meeting in her office in Uyo.
Etiebet, who emphasised that education is key to the growth and development of any society, stressed the governor’s commitment to educational advancement in the state.
While appreciating the rise of the institution to the 17th position in the last National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)ranking of Polytechnics, she attributed the feat to managerial prowess.
Etiebet particularly applauded Umobong and the chairman, Governing Council of the Polytechnic, Barr. Ekpenyong Ntekim as well as other staffers for their dedication and commitment to duties.
In his remarks, the rector, Dr Moses Umobong, commended Governor Emmanuel for the prompt payment of salaries which,accordingly to him, drops before 30th of every month, as well as other infrastructural development in the institution.
Giving an insight on the just concluded accreditation exercise, the rector described the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic as the first in the South-South zone to secure accreditation in Mechanical Engineering and the third Polytechnic to bag accreditation for Welding/Fabrication and Mechatronics in the geopolitical zone of the country.
Umobong further maintained that out of the nine courses the institution presented before the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for accreditation, eight were graciously accredited.
He, however, expressed hope that the remaining one, which is Higher National Diploma in Civil Engineering, will be givenaccreditation in due course.
Present during the courtesy visit was the permanent secretary, Ministry of Education, Lady Rose Bassey and director, Secondary and Higher Education (SHE) represented by Mrs Edoama Sampson.