It was a day filled with heavenly melodies, foretelling the birth of Jesus Christ as the Management, staff and students of Federal Polytechnic Oko , in conjunction with Chaplaincies in the institution held their 2021 festival of carols and nine lessons, which also featured the Rector’s end of the year address to the Polytechnic community.
Correspondent Emmanuel Chigbata who captured the event reports that the event, held at the Convocation Arena of the institution, was rich in thrilling music alive with colours and movement, and told stories of Jesus Christ in a manner appealing to people of all ages.
The lessons were taken by principal officers of the Polytechnic, staff and students, including the Deputy Rector, Academic, Mr. Uche Onyegbu, Acting Registrar, Mrs. Ifeoma Ezeokoli, Deputy Registrar, Mrs Mabel Ezeokonkwo and Mrs Joy Obiorah, among others.
The story on the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus Christ was told in nine short Bible readings, starting from the book of Genesis, with sonorous renditions by Saint Augustine Chaplaincy, Chapel of light and Chapel of transfiguration, choristers at intervals.
In her remark, the Rector of the institution, Dr. Francisca Nwafulugo said her administration is committed to the dream of making the institution a world-renowned citadel of learning.
Dr. Nwafulugo, who maintained that in her administration, over ninety percent of programmes being offered in the Polytechnic has been fully accredited by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, announced to staff that the 2022 promotion has been approved, while two hundred staff, who have acquired additional qualifications were upgraded and converted.
The Rector, who enumerated her other achievements in the Polytechnic, which include construction, renovation and commissioning of gigantic complexes, such as Laboratory, lecture halls and offices, said they will facilitate academic exercise in the institution.
She further announced that the Polytechnic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Port Harcourt that with effect from 2021/2022 academic year, the Polytechnic will start admitting students who will be awarded degree certificates in Computer Science, Banking and Finance, Microbiology Technology, Statistics, Fine Arts and Design, Accounting, among other programmes, while seeking the continued support and collaboration of staff to achieve the vision of the Polytechnic.
Earlier in a sermon, the Chaplain, Chapel of Transfiguration, Very Reverend Father Henry Otti, reminded the Polytechnic community of the need to understand the reason for the season and eschew ungodly activities.
In a remark, the Deputy Rector, Administration, Dr. Kenneth Ezekwe, commended the school management and Chaplaincies for making the event a success, and the thanked the Rector for her legacies, urging her to sustain the tempo.
The event, which attracted members of the Governing Council of the institution, priests from the three Chaplaincies, was capped with melodious renditions from various Choirs that graced the occasion.