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2016 MATRICULATION ADDRESS
With a deep sense of humility and gratitude to God almighty, I feel highly honoured and privileged to welcome you on behalf of the Governing Council, Academic Board, Management, Staff and Students of Sure Foundation Polytechn

WELCOME ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE RECTOR, ELDER BENJAMIN O. EZEALI,(FCIN) DURING  THE FIRST MATRICULATION AND INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF SURE FOUNDATION POLYTECHNIC, IKOT AKAI, ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017.

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With a deep sense of humility and gratitude to God almighty, I feel highly honoured and privileged to welcome you on behalf of the Governing Council, Academic Board, Management, Staff and Students of Sure Foundation Polytechnic to the First Matriculation / Inauguration ceremony. Your presence despite your crowded schedules is a good testimony of your readiness to support the institution to achieve its vision.  We are proud to be associated with you.My dear friends, we have every reason to rejoice and glorify the Almighty God for making today come to a reality.  It is indeed, not only a  historical ceremony in Akwa Ibom State but also in Nigeria.

Permit me to inform you that Sure Foundation Polytechnic, Ikot Akai, Ukanafun Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, was approved and licensed by the Federal Ministry of Education and National Board for Technical Education (FME/NBTE) in July 2016 to operate as a Private Polytechnic in Nigeria.  It was established by a humble servant of God, a Son of a Bicycle repairer who sacrificed his comforts for the benefits of technical education, a man who has given hope to the hopeless and encouragement to the despondent, a distinguished Elder statesman and a patriotic true Nigerian, Elder (Dr.) Idongesit Demas Udom (AMB.P, FNATE, FINHR).He is an indisputable lover of his people, having demonstrated his faith and commitment to the struggle for eradication of illiteracy and poverty.  His desire to see that an average Akwa Ibom State child is educated, symbolizes his faith that education is a virile legacy a nation could pass to its children.  External blessings to the womb and hands that produced and nurtured Elder (Dr.) I. D. Udom, for “blessed is the generations unborn, shall call him, for he that is mighty has magnified and elevated him”.

Permit me to inform you that Sure Foundation Polytechnic is the first Polytechnic in the former Abak division made up of Abak Local Government Area, Ukanafun Local Government Area, Etim Ekpo Local Government Area Oruk Anam Local Government Area and Ika Local Government Area.  It is a Private Polytechnic of the twenty first century, a Polytechnic that was built according to Master plan on its permanent site with boarding facilities for male and female students with computer laboratories for all courses. Currently, we offer the following approved courses such as Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics/Statistics, Accountancy and Public Administration.  The Laboratories for these courses are equipped to ensure that students acquire practical skills and technical education for Nigeria’s economic transformation.  This year 2017/2018 Academic Session, Six new programmes will be added to the existing six programmes such as Mass Communication, Science Laboratory, Architectural Engineering, Building Technology, Business Administration and Surveying.

To my worthy and pioneer students, I congratulate you for having gained admission into the Sure Foundation Polytechnic, a digital Polytechnic of the 21st Century.  I advice you to embrace God, your studies and the virtues of hard work. The Polytechnic Chapel has been established to take care of your spiritual needs. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when thy shall say, I have no pleasure in them. (Ecclesiastes 12 vs 1). As pioneer students, you should avail yourselves of the opportunity offered by the Polytechnic with state of the art facilities and functional laboratories to acquire practical skills and qualitative education in a conducive environment.  Let me warn you to desist from acts of indiscipline and be law abiding. The Management under my leadership will have zero tolerance for cultism, examination malpractices, indecent dressing, stealing and insubordination to the constituted authorities.  Any student caught will face expulsion and his/her name published in the National dailies and other social medias.

My dear parents, I am proud of you.  I congratulate you on your wise decision to allow your children to be pioneer students of Sure Foundation Polytechnic. We shall establish Parent-Management Annual Forum to ensure cross fertilization of ideas. I implore you to provide your contact phone numbers and addresses at the Student’s Affairs Unit to ensure communications and easy delivery of your children semester results.

To my digital staff, your employment with the polytechnic is not by accident, it was destined by God.  Therefore, I implore you to be committed to the vision of the visioner and ideals of the Polytechnic to justify the confidence reposed in you and contribute towards making the institution a Nigeria’s Havard Citadel of learning with global recognitions in order to produce graduates with entrepreneurial skills, technical and managerial know-how for the transformation of Nigeria’s Petro-dollar economy to a diversified industrial economy. May I inform you that the management under my leadership will fear and trust in God while upholding transparency, accountability, equity, justice and fair play while the Academic Board will make academic policies that will promote academic excellence and scholarships among staff and students of the Polytechnic.

My special appreciation goes to the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, DCN Udom  Gabriel Emmanuel for finding time to come despite his crowded  schedules, Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and the Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. M. A. Kazaure for their transparency and honesty in the resource visitation / accreditation exercise through which the Approval/License to operate Sure Foundation Polytechnic was issued without bureaucratic bottlenecks, and the Commissioner for Education, Akwa Ibom State, Hon. Paul Alexander Udofia for honouring our invitation within short notice.

Finally, let me also thank the Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Umanah Itaketo, Rectors of different Polytechnics, Paramount ruler of Ukanafun, Traditional ruler of Itim Autonomous Community, Ezeogo and President of Igbo Community, Akwa Ibom State, President General of Enoha Itim Town Union, Men and women of goodwill from the oil industry and Church Leaders for honouring our invitation. Your presence is an evidence of your unalloyed support to the institution.

Once more, I welcome you to the First Matriculation / Inauguration ceremony of Sure Foundation Polytechnic. Thank you and God bless

Elder Benjamin O. Ezeali, B.Sc, MPA, M.Sc, FCIN, ACIA,AMNIM

PIONEER RECTOR  

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