The Federal Government has announced the appointment of Dr Francisca Nwafulugo, an engineer, as the first substantive female Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
This development is the first in the history of the school which was founded in 1979 as a College of Arts and Science by the Anambra State Government.
According to a statement, Tuesday in Onitsha by Mr Obini Onochukwu, the Institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dr. Nwafulugo succeeds Dr Izuchukwu Onu, who has served in acting capacity in the past 12 months.
According to him, Nwafulugo’s letter of appointment is effective Feb. 4, 2019.
“Until her appointment, Nwafulugo was a Chief lecturer at the Chemical Engineering Department of Kaduna Polytechnic.
“Nwafulugo attended the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu where she obtained Higher National Diploma (HND) in 1991.
“She proceeded to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Education (Technical) from Kaduna Polytechnic in 2010.
“She obtained a PGD certificate in engineering in 1999 and later, Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering (Process Analysis and Development Option) in 2002 both from Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State,” he said.
The PRO further disclosed that Nwafulugo proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where she obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical Engineering in 2014.
“Dr Nwafulugo is a member of over six professional bodies and associations including Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSCHE).
“She also belongs to the Association of Professional Women Engineers (APWEN), Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMSON) and Women in Technical Education and Employment (WITED), Kaduna Polytechnic,” Onuchukwu added.
He said that Nwafulugo is presently the Matron of NSCHE, Kaduna Polytechnic Students’ Chapter as well as the Kaduna Branch Chairman of APWEN, among others.
The Federal Polytechnic Oko was founded in 1979 as a College of Arts and Science by the Anambra State Government. In 1980 it was upgraded to the status of a College of Arts, Science and Technology before it assumed the status of a full Polytechnic in 1985 when it was named Anambra State Polytechnic.
In 1993 the school was taken over by the Federal Government and was renamed Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State
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