With the recent commissioning of its ultra modern secretariat, the Imo State Polytechnic Alumni Association, ISPAA has joined the ranks of popular associations in the country. With the new edifice, ISPAA now has a solid rallying point for concrete and value-laden actions.
The dream to build a secretariat for the association, according to the ISPAA President, Comrade Nkwocha Geoffrey Amanze, started in 2010, with a portion of land approved by the immediate past Rector of the institution, Dr. Eugene Oguh. With the support of the present management, the dream has been translated into reality. Thus, the President voiced out the association’s gratitude as he said, We are highly indebted to the Management team of the Polytechnic for its unflinching support without which today’s success story wouldn’t have been possible.”
In his address of welcome, the National President of the Imo State Polytechnic Alumni Association, Comrade Nkwocha Geoffrey Amanze who thanked the Rector, Fr.Wence Madu for his laudable efforts in moving the institution to the next level of development, pointed out that He described the project as a typical example of partnership with the Management in order to fast track structural development in the Polytechnic Community and commended the Management for its support to the association. “, Nkwocha said.
The ISPAA President disclosed that in its efforts to properly integrate itself in a larger society, the leadership of the association ensured that ISPAA was properly registered with the national body, the Forum of Nigerian Polytechnics Alumni Association, FONPAA.
Mr. Nkwocha hinted that FONPAA has taken up the fight on the removal of the disparity between Polytechnic and University graduates by mounting pressure on the Federal Government. “FONPAA is the voice of the voiceless Polytechnic graduates who are being oppressed by the bureaucrats that formulate policies in the country. FONPAA is mounting pressure on the Federal Government for the removal of disparity between the Polytechnic and University graduates in the country”, the ISPAA President said.
The Rector gave the commendation while commissioning the ultra-modern complex of the National Secretariat of the Association recently. He described the occasion as the starting point for other goodies that would come to the institution through the association.
Fr. Madu, who was represented by the Deputy Rector (Administration), Dr. Chukwuemeka E C Amaechi urged the leadership of Imo State Polytechnic Alumni Association, ISPAA to work hard and capture all their members across the globe.
He promised that the Management of the Imo State Polytechnic would provide the data of all graduates of the institution to the ISPAA to enable its leadership contact unreached members of the association. “Institutions all over the world track their alumni to find out how they are doing, and we are going to assist the ISPAA to capture those outside the association to enable them seek ways of helping one another. The school will give full dozier of its graduates to the association to facilitate communication among members”, he said.
He charge the leadership of the ISPAA to collaborate with the management in moving the school forward, adding that students would be happy to identify with the National Secretariat. He noted that the event has given him the privilege of seeing the old faces that made the institution what it is today. He appealed to the leadership of ISPAA to execute more projects, describing the completion of the project as the starting point of more projects in the institution through the association.
He paid glowing tributes to the Dean, Students’ Affairs of the institution, Rev. Fr. Dr. John Ezenwankwo and the Chairman, Polytechnic Alumni Committee, Mr. Uzoma P. Iwuanyanwu for their supports towards the growth of the association.
In his contribution, an alumnus of the institution, Mr. Mushienwa Monday (SUG President, 2001) hinted that his set in the school has opened a WHATSAP Group through which they seek to know how they are faring.
The former Students’ Union President called on the members to ensure that they assist their members in their areas of needs.
Another alumnus, Mr. Ibebuike Obialor of the Abia State Polytechnic Chapter urged the members of ISPAA to be strong and courageous, adding that ISPAA is one of the Board of Trustees of Polytechnic Alumni Associations, South-East, Nigeria. He charged the members not to shy away from their responsibilities. “If anything happens to the Polytechnic, the lecturers will take their certificates and move away. It is not so with the alumni. Therefore, build chapters within and outside Nigeria, secure more land and develop Alumni Village, network and identify your people wherever they are”, he said.
In a vote of thanks, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Comrade Linus Iheanacho promised that the association would partner with the Management in moving the institution forward.
The ISPAA National Secretariat Complex has a siting capacity of two hundred persons, business centre, super market, six offices and toilet facilities.
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