The Imo state polytechnics, Umuagwo in Ohaji/Egbema LGA, over the weekend recorded yet another feat, indicating commitment and with total compliance with Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s environmental sanitation policy which is fast gaining ground and breaking barriers in the state.
Our roving reporter who visited the tertiary institution across the state, during the last Saturday’s monthly sanitation and clean-up exercise observed that apart from the students who were seen in their numbers, the lecturers were not left out, as most of them were seen in their casual wears evacuating refuse from nooks and crannies of the school premises.
The Acting Rector, Dr. Patrick Ndionyenma Njoku, was also seen while busy supervising the exercise to ensure 100% percent compliance on the side of the students and lecturers.
Addressing newsmen, the soft-spoken Rector of the Institution, Dr. Njoku stated that IMOPOLY under his regime will stop at nothing to ensure that cleanliness becomes a culture in the school. He commended the governor for the initiative, stating that such legacy won’t be forgotten in a hurry while also thanking him for appointing capable hands to man the exercise.
According to the Rector, “if the former governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, could be part of the team to make our environment clean, why should anyone wait to be told or forced to realize the essence of participation in the exercise. For us in Imopoly, we take the exercise seriously and have even made it a policy in the school”.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator General of “Clean Environment Ethics and Safety Organization”, a government outfit, Engr. Justice Chike Ukaegbu, has rated the Imo State polytechnics high in the exercise. According to Ukaegbu, the school has introduced a different dimension to environmental sanitation exercise, saying that, it is unlike some other places, where only a few students were seen observing the sanitation. He expressed excitement that lecturers of Imopoly were seen participating actively. “I am impressed with the coordination of the Rector, Njoku and the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Dr. Desmond Echeta who organized his members to participate. Imo State government is happy with the school”, he said.
Engr. Ukaegbu, who is a member of the government Sanitation committee also commended the management of the school for returning peace and decency to the Institution. He recalled how before now, Imopoly had always been in the news for the wrong reasons, bothering on either contract or promotion scandals. He then encouraged the Rector to keep the flag flying, until Imo and not just the state capital, Owerri becomes the cleanest state in the country.