The Digital Rector of Federal Polytechnic Oko, Prof. Godwin Onu has restated his commitment to the wellbeing of staff and students of the Polytechnic. He stated this while addressing Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff of the Polytechnic at the newly renovated Convocation Arena of the Polytechnic. In his address, the Rector welcomed everybody without forgetting to commit the souls of the departed staff into Gods hands. In his well-articulated baritone voice, he said the purpose of the address was to inform but dispel issues bothering the minds of the staff, which could lead to rumor or misinformation. He said it was appropriate for the staff to gather once in a while to tackle pertinent unsettled issues. He applauded the peaceful atmosphere which has been enjoyed in the institution since the beginning of the year 2016. He also reiterated his promise to leave a historic landmark before vacating office.
On students’ welfare, he said the staff were employed mainly because of the students and as such, the interest of the students should come first before any other thing. He loudly harped that all Teaching and Non-Teaching staff must take the students as their own sons and daughters.
In his usual friendly and polite words, he said “If a student comes to your office without greeting, do not act on him or her as a tiger, but caution such student as your own child and he or she will learn”.
On students’ exploitation, he said nobody should exploit or harass the students directly or indirectly and warned that any staff caught in such act of exploitation or harassment would be treated accordingly.
On sales of textbooks, the Rector said that all textbooks must be of high quality and must be sold at a well regulated price. He also said that Teaching Staff should learn not to extort money from students during final year Project Period. In anguish, he sighted a case of a Lecturer who demanded N20, 000 from a student before his project was read; and said such issues would not be taken lightly if evidential.
In his target to update the delayed way of online result processing, the Rector promised that the results of students would be published the same day the examinations were written.
In conclusion, he said the First Semester examination would start on 25th of April, so that the school will match in synchrony with its contemporaries who in disobedience, did not embark on the strike action that slowed its academic calendar.