By Itoro Emefik
The Dean, School of Communication Art, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, Dr. Lionel Ukoka has commended the topnotch achievements of the Institution under the administration of the immediate past Rector, Dr. Israel Affia during his tenure for the past eight years.
Dr. Ukoka who is also the President of Staff cooperative society of the institution made the assertion while fielding questions in an interview with Century Newsfront in his office on his assessment of Dr. Affia’s achievement in retrospect as he bows out of office for the newly appointed acting Rector, Dr. Charles Umobong. He said that for the past sixteen years before the emergence of Dr. Affia the polytechnic has not had this good in terms of infrastructural development and academic advancement.
The Dean maintained that based on the achievements of the out gone Rector, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic has for the first time recorded a total of 32 accreditation programs out of 33, noted that it has never happened before in the institution, “the basics of Polytechnic education is accreditation if we cannot have accreditation in our programs, it’s means we cannot run the program so that is the most outstanding thing Dr. Affia has achieved during his tenure. Other achievements include peaceful learning environment devoid of riot through the introduction of Peace in Campus Initiative (PCI), renovation of offices and lecture halls among many others”.
He said that most lecturers that did not have offices, standard offices have been allocated to them, “throughout the tenure of Dr. Affia as Rector, we did not have riot from students or destruction of school property and when I came to this school, we used to sit about four to five lecturers in one office but that is not applicable now. Most senior lecturer and chief lecturers have their own offices at most only 2 of them stay in an office, it was not like that before so is a laudable achievement and other offices such as Estate and Works Department have been revamped and put to shape by him with other units fully founded and well equipped”.
He charged all staff of the institution to emulate dedication to duty of Barr. Israel Affia because he is always dedicated to duty, moreso he operated an open door administration where anybody can gain access to him at anytime, “people that are in position of authority should emulate such administrative policy because when worker is dedicated to duty, is not doing it to his boss but unto God and God will always reward such a person at all times “. The erudite scholar also charged the Acting Rector to consolidate on the gains of his predecessor noted that government is a continuum.