By AFAM Echi
The Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede Dr Michael Arimanwa has disclosed that the Smart Campus initiative of the school has improved the ranking of the school locally and internationally.
He made this disclosure last weekend when he hosted members of the Association of Mbaitoli Journalists (AMJ) who paid him a courtesy call in his office.
The Smart Campus initiative he explained “is an attempt to achieve complete digitalization of the institution so that all activities of the institution can be done without queuing up or without struggling.”
“Students can pay their fees without lining up anywhere. They can pay from their phones, laptop or any device. There is no need to trouble any person for a receipt which the student can print from his device,” he added.
This implies that students have been relieved of the burden or stresses associated with paying bills and meeting other obligations or obtaining services from the school
On his performances, he disclosed that he has done quite a lot and asked the journalists to go round and see for themselves what is on ground. He enumerated many structures under constructions in the various departments especially in the school of engineering.
Reeling out other achievements, Arimanwa stated that, “we are looking at e-learning not just because of Covid-19 because we actually started this thing before Covi-19 came. COVID-19 has demonstrated the relevance. We have created virtual class so that people can learn from home.”
The Rector mentioned that the school has so far produced 4000 Smart ID cards for the students which will help to establish the genuineness of a student as well as support them in having easy access to facilities such as medical services, libraries etc. He added that they are pushing the employees to accept and key into the Smart Campus initiative.
The school he further observed has supported government greatly in the fight to stem the spread of COVID-19 by single handedly designing, fabricating and producing washing machines, (pedal operated washing machines, semi-automated and fully automated). Others include sanitizers, soaps, and a sanitizing booth nearing completion stage.
The Anglican Priest also indicated the completion of the roads at the back and front gates through an agency of the government. He expressed appreciation to the government and its agencies and described the government as very responsive to the needs of the school. He lamented that paucity of funds is denying them opportunity to have all that they want.
“We are in partnership with Ftsaisa to do technical training for students or anybody, to grow skills, not as part of our curriculum, but additional to secure some skills to help them”, he furthered while stating that this is optional and not restricted to students.