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FUTO Begins Manufacturing of Car


Ignatius Okpara, Owerri

The management of Federal University of  Technology, Owerri (FUTO) says it has entered into partnership with the Technical University, Munich, Germany and the Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo to develop automobiles for the  Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Cyril Gozie  Asiabaka, the project is aimed at solving the mobility needs of  Nigerians in particular and other African nations such as Ghana  Kenya, amongst others.

The VC, who made this known Monday while giving account of his  stewardship in the past three years as the 6th substantive Vice Chancellor of the  University, said that the most important  component of this  global divine project is the  infusion of  local  materials in its production, affordability, robust electronics, simple operation, climate/environmental friendliness and ultimately, its production in  the region.

He said: “As I speak, the project has  reached an advanced stage and  in a  short while, the project would be  unveiled” he promised.

Professor Asiabaka, further said in keeping with the vision of internationalization of University, the institution and the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) had established  a joint centre for the study of management.

He however, listed the main objectives of the Centre to include: teaching and researching in advanced subjects and methods in management including Human resources management, industrial management and high education management.

He said when operational,  the Centre would focus on new and innovative methods of managing organizations  from the public as well as from the private sector as well as offer  postgraduate programmes.

Professor Asiabaka who also spoke of his achievements in students welfare, infrastructural development and beautification of the campus environment said that the successful computerization of all aspects of the university activities had formed one of the cardinal objectives of his quest for excellence.

He stated that the institution had in the past  three years gradually moved rapidly in the use of computer  in most of its activities in a bid to reduce high volume of paper work, from e-senate to e-appraisal, electronic payment of school fees and automatic generation of receipts.

Enumerating further some of his achievements, the VC said that his administration had completed a new building complex for the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) named “Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Engineering complex” which would accommodate six departments in the school.

He added that the institution currently has a total of 27  on going projects out of which 14 had been completed .

Apart from the massive improvement of the level of infrastructure on campus and the attraction of more projects to meet the growing population within the university community,he explained that the administration had painstakingly adhered to a well-defined corporate governance codes  consistent with extent laws that regulate  “our affairs in the university” he stated








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