The Abia State Government has dissolved the governing council of the State Polytechnic and suspended the institution’s management over the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) sanction.
The move was said to have been necessitated after the polytechnic’s accreditation was withdrawn by NBTE.
The Secretary to the State Government, Chris Ezem through a statement on Thursday, in Umuahia said that the government views the decision of the NBTE against the institution as very embarrassing and capable of destabilising the current peace and harmony existing in the state.
According to him, the fate of the students of the institution appears to be jeopardised by the action of the NBTE.
“Following the recent action of the NBTE against Abia State Polytechnic Aba, the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Victor-Ikpeazu, appeals to our dear students of Abia poly and other well meaning Abians to remain calm.
“It must be placed on record that academic activities have been ongoing in the institution without interruptions
“The teachers and staff of Abia poly were not on strike and have remained committed to their duties,” he said.
Ezem disclosed that the government had set up a team to work for the reaccreditation of the polytechnic within 30 days.
The team is said to be headed by Ikechi Mgboji with John Nwadioha, Jude Udeachara, Kelechi Anyanwu, Love Ezema and Stanley Nwankpa, as members.