The new Rector of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo North of Ebonyi State, Dr. Felix Attah, Wednesday, decried the deplorable state of the institution.
This was as he said the polytechnic premises is overgrown with weeds that provide refuge for dangerous reptiles and other harmful creatures.
Dr Attah said he came to see structures built with taxpayers’
resources in very bad shape and wondered how students would learn under such atmosphere.
Attah, who disclosed this during the institution’s 41st matriculation, said work ethics has been discarded with discipline breaking down completely in the school as most staff come to work between 9am and 11am and go home from 3pm.
He noted that he inherited an almost empty treasury owing to lean internally generated revenue.
“My findings during my maiden facility tour of the Polytechnic were discouraging and disheartening. To my dismay, I was shocked to see buildings built with enormous resources of taxpayers’ money in very bad shape. The Polytechnic’s property and armoured cables that supply light to the students’ hostels were vandalised.
“I noted massive theft and pillage of Polytechnic property as well as dilapidated buildings such as lecture halls, lecture theaters, newly-inaugurated TETFUND buildings, and campus roads, which were abandoned.
“The Polytechnic premises is overgrown with weeds that provide refuge for dangerous reptiles and other harmful creatures. Unfortunately, the Polytechnic could witness such tremendous rot at this stage of its development.
“Learning facilities are in shambles and our laboratories and classrooms are pathetic sights,” he stated.
Attah also observed that the Polytechnic security staff were owed salaries for nine months and called on the management, staff, and students of the school to join hands with him to restore the lost glory of the polytechnic.