Education Minister Pays Special Visit To FUTO, IMSU, Others

In continuation of his tour of Federal Institutions in Nigeria, the Honourable Minister of Educations, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, on Tuesday, 18 November, 2014, visited some Federal and State higher institutions in Imo State, including the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO); Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU); Federal Polytechnic, Nekede; Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri and Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo.
The Minister, who was represented by the Honourable Minister of State for Education, Professor Mrs. Viola Onwuliri, stated that the visit was an impart assessment tour, aimed at ensuring that physical and infrastructural developments in the institutions were commensurate to the funds injected.
She advised the University to justify the amount of government investment by producing globally competitive graduands who, would be job creators, rather than job seekers as, according to her, excellence in education was the major driver of the Governments Transformation Agenda.
The Minister commissioned the Goodluck Jonathan Engineering Complex, a one-story building, meant to house the Faculty of Engineering of the Federal University Technology, Owerri and expressed satisfaction at the edifice.
futo project commissioning
Minister of State for Education, Prof. Viola Onwuliri commissioning a project
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of FUTO, Professor Chigozie Asiabaka, appreciated the Federal Government for the interventions which, he said contributed to the physical infrastructure development of the University, saying that FUTO would continue to utilise its interventions prudently.
She also visited the Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, to commission some completed projects and inspect on-going ones where she expressed satisfaction at the level of completed and on-going projects, saying that since the take-over of the Institution by the Federal
Government, the College had tremendously improved its physical facilities. She promised that would look into the request for the conversion of the College to a Federal University.
New IMSU ICT Building
In his own reaction, the Vice-Chancellor of IMSU, Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie, thanked the Federal Government and all Nigerians for acceding to the request by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for the establishment of TETFund, which, he said, had helped in stabilising the education sector since its establishment in 1992. He noted that through the Agency’s various interventions, Nigerian universities were receiving more funding.
tetfund project at imo state poly
TETFUND project at Imo Poly
The highlights of the visit included the commissioning of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre at the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede and lecture theatres at the Imo State Polytechnic.

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