By Akanimo Sampson
A NEW private tertiary institution has sprang up in Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State. It is known as Eastern Polytechnic. It is the first private polytechnic in the state.
The institution has a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Malachy Aguzuru, as its Rector. He was ordained as a priest on July 9, 2005.
The focus of the polytechnic according to him, is on providing a market-driven curriculum ”with a practical application in order to provide education that leads to real opportunities in the changing world of industrialisation”.
The rector says the polytechnic is approved by the Federal Ministry of Education, while the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has accredited seven of their courses.
The accredited courses are: Accountancy, Computer Science, Public Administration, Mass Communications, Computer Engineering Technology, Business Administration & Management, and Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology.
The school is currently admitting full-time and part-time students.
In the mean time, work is ongoing in their Oyigbo Study Centre. Oyigbo is the boundary Local Government Area with Abia State. Co-ordinator of the centre, Henry Ikeri, an engineer, says they are out to provide the best practical technical education that will make their graduands marketable in their fields of study.