The Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, took 2nd position to win the 2nd prize in the Polytechnic category at the 2nd National Education Innovations Exhibition held in Abuja on November 11 – 12, 2013.

The first prize in the Polytechnic Category went to Waziri Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, while the third prize went to Crown polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti. The Exhibition which was put together by the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja was organized for universities, polytechnics, colleges of Education and secondary schools owned by the Federal Government.

In the universities category, University of Jos clinched the 1st prize, University of Port Harcourt and Ahmadu Bello University won the 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively. In the colleges’ of Education category, Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe took the 1st prize while Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze and Federal College of Education, Pankshin won the 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.

For the unity schools’ category, Federal Government Girls’ College, Keama won the 1st position, while Federal Government College, Port Harcourt and Government Secondary school, Jabi, Abuja took 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.

In his welcome address at the occasion, the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Ezenvvo Nyesom Wike, said that the Exhibition was part of Ministry’s efforts to showcase the innovations from institutions and related agencies.  “It is an opportunity to note the talent s existing across Nigeria and the potentials for enhancing the dynamism of our society”, he said.

The minister stress the need to improve the ability of the nation to exploit local talents and resources so as to be less dependent on product from other countries. He therefore, called on the private sector to take advantage of current government policies and work towards commercializing innovations and research products from institutions and agencies.

Reacting to the 2nd prize won by the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, the director of research and development (R and D) in the Polytechnic, Chief G. O. C. Nwachukwu, said the institution came 2nd because they did not participate in the 1st edition of the Exhibition held last year.

Chief Nwachukwu, who led the FEDPONEK team to the Exhibition, said they came without experience and yet came 2nd, adding that this shows that Federal Polytechnic, Nekede is a first-class material. “With the experience we acquired in this our outing, I’m sure that we will take the 1st position in the next edition”. He expressed gratitude to the Management of the Polytechnic led by Dr. (Mrs.) Cele Njoku for their support which enabled his team to participate in the exhibition.

The Director also called on investors to partner with the Polytechnic in order to harness the investment potentials in the Institution. Some of the innovations and research products the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede showcased at the Exhibition are baker robot, sensor waste bin, welding machine, art works, grinder, battery operated car jack, maize flour supplement, hair cream, Household bleach, collapsible table, collapsible chair, fire resistant ceiling board and storage cart.

Others are bread slicer, nails, multiple car battery charger, prototype catholic cathedral, prototype Islamic bank, orange wine, pineapple wine, poultry feed, cassava flour, powdered starch, etc. The highlight of the event was the presentation of prizes to winners and certificates of participation to institutions that attended the Exhibition.  A special recognition was also given to a student of Federal Government College, Okigwe who produced a rocket that traveled few kilometres.

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