Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has inaugurated a new governing council in the Enugu state Polythecnic, Iwollo.
He has expressed confidence that the newly constituted governing council would re-position the school to contribute to the development of agriculture in the state.
Formerly known as the Enugu State College of Agriculture and Agro- Entrepreneurship Studies, the Polytechnic was re-christened in 2014 to accommodate more technical education in its scope.
While addressing members of the new board, Governor Ugwuanyi, said the school would now strive to be the leading institution for agro allied research.
“It is indeed our aspiration as the state government that the institution becomes the centre of excellence in agricultural and allied studies in Nigeria.
“We have also taken time to select as members of this new council, individuals of high repute, experience and competence to drive our aspirations for the institution,” he added.
The new council chairman, has therefore pledged his team’s readiness to carry out the assignment.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has challenged the academic community to rise up and contribute its quota to the resolution of climate change issues.
This is expected to be achieved through research and establishment of basic weather observatories in order to increase the density of weather data collection in Nigeria.
The Director General of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, Dr Anthony Anuforom, threw the challenge during a lecture organised by the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu, for the institution’s 17th Convocation ceremony.
He pledged the readiness of NIMET to collaborate and provide guidance to Nigerian universities to ensure that such observatories are set up and operated in compliance with world meteorological organization standards.
Dr Anuforom also reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to reduce the effect of climate change through scientific information dissemination and management.
Nigeria has been identified as highly vulnerable to climate change based on the maple soft climate change vulnerability index, which places the country as the 3rd most vulnerable in the world.
It is for this reason that the DG of NIMET has stressed that the issue is of serious concern and is one that requires decisive and coordinated action from all Nigerians.
The Vice Chancellor of ESUT, Professor Luke, informed the gathering that the university had in the past collaborated with NIMET in the training of students in the area of meteorology and requested the agency to consider establishing a weather/disaster risk reduction centre in the school.
The annual lecture series which attracted members of the academic community within and outside Enugu state, including a former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani, was aimed at stimulating the quest for lasting solutions to the challenges of climate change both locally and globally.
The Enugu State University of Technology’s (ESUT) Vice Chancellor, Cyprian Onyeji who was kidnapped August 15th, was on Thursday night freed.
Reports from the ESUT campus revealed that there was a celebration galore when the news broke to the students that the Vice Chancellor had regained his freedom.
Some weeks back the students had engaged in series of prayers for the release of their VC, they were however grateful to God, saying it had brought fear and tension in the school.
According to some of the students, the social and economic activities in the institution has been put on hold since the kidnap of the Vice Chancellor.
The Public Relations Officer of the Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, said the vice chancellor was found in Igbariam in Anambra State.