The Abia State Government has said the administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has so far remitted a total of N7.1 billion to the Abia State Polytechnic since the inception of the administration in 2015.
The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) had withdrawn the accreditation of the polytechnic, prompting the state government to dissolve the school’s governing council.
But the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr Eze Chikamnayo, who disclosed this at a press briefing on the outcome of the executive council meeting at Government House, Umuahia, said that the Ikpeazu-led government had consistently remitted about N92 million monthly in the past 78 months of his administration, adding that the problem of the institution was poor management and self-inflicted.
According to Chikamnayo, the polytechnic was an autonomous body set up by law as the government neither recruited workers for the institution nor received funds from it.
He explained that the board and management of the school failed to uphold best practices.
He, however, assured that the government was engaging all stakeholders to ensure that the polytechnic regained full accreditation within the next one month as a high-powered committee had been set up in that regard.
Chikamnayo further disclosed that the government was leaving no stone unturned to sanitise the Abia State Polytechnic and other parastatals in the state and urged all managers of parastatals and other semi-autonomous boards in the state to buckle down, warning that the government would not hesitate to sanction any board whose activities brought embarrassment to the government.
He also advised the National Board for Technical Education not to take up the job of trade unions as issues of welfare are within the purview of the union leaders.