Raymond Ozoji, Awka
It was a moment of joy and celebration for staff and students of the Federal Polytechnic Oko recently, when the institution’s Rector, Prof Godwin Onu bagged two merit Awards from the National Association of Oduduwa Students and Igbo Students’ Union Government of the school. The Awards are the Igbo Students Association (ISA), Northern States Students Association (NDSU) Merit Award and the National Association of Oduduwa Students (NAOS) Education Icon Merit Award NAOS is the umbrella body for all Yoruba students both in Nigeria and Diaspora, seeking to indentify a role models, outstanding institutions and mentors as exemplified in the life of the awardee who is an understanding icon of International repute and national builder per excellence. Some prominent Nigerians who had received the merit award include, Hajiya Turai Umaru Yar’Adua, Maryam Abacha, Dr Cosmos Maduka, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu among others.
Presenting the award, the President, National Association of Oduduwa Students, Comrade Adekunle Adeniyi said that the conferment of the award on Onu was in recognition of his immense contributions to the well being of the masses and the development of Nigeria’s education sector at large. According to him, the body took time to scrutinize the awardee based on his commitment to good governance, democratic best practices, rule of law, innovation and found him worthy. He described Onu as a golden fish with no hidden place. He extolled the achievements of Onu, which include reduction of social vices on Campus, introduction of computer-based examinations, infrastructural development, and standard academic calendar among others.
The Chairman Governing Council of the Institution, Dr. Christian Odukwe who also received an award in appreciation, described the gesture as commendableAccording to him, the digitalization of the institution by the Rector was commendable indeed, saying that recognition of good works gives a person the inspiration to do more works. Presenting an award on behalf of the SUG of the Polytechnic, the President Comrade Ezinne Nwaka, described Onu as a digital man. She commended his ingenuity for the ongoing transformation in the school, and pledged students support to the management. Responding, the rector who described the award as a call for more service, said that all the achievements recorded would not have been possible without their collaboration of the staff and students who understand the purpose of learning and scholarship. The rector said that he owes a duty to posterity to build a future to avoid laying of blames on the fathers for failing in their responsibilities, saying that acquisition of skill, which the poly stands for, would be given a priority to propel the economy.