By Ngere Davies Ify
The Federal Polytechnic Nekede in Owerri, Imo State, has developed a surveillance drone to combat insecurity on school grounds. The institution’s rector, Rev. Professor Michael Arimanwa, told journalists on his four-year anniversary that the surveillance drone was programmed to detect people’s conversations. According to reports, the school developed a 7.5kva fuel-less and fumeless generator. The rector revealed that the generator is another impact recorded by the institution, with the possibility of providing a solution to man’s existing problems.
According to Professor Arimanwa, the invention of the drone became significant due to the country’s growing insecurity. He also said that the polytechnic had provided Closed Circuit Television cameras at strategic locations on campus and strengthened the Man O’War and other internal security outfits in the institution.
The rector disclosed that the school had also established collaborations with vigilantes to combat any infraction in and around the polytechnic’s environment. He further disclosed that a total sum of N400m provided by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund had been spent on research in the last four years. He said, “In the last four years, we have invented electric cars, constructed a gas-fired crucible furnace, invented a rice de-stoning and coconut dehusking machine, a palm-kernel cracking and separation machine, a palm fruit digesting machine, a presser machine, a cassava grating machine and development of a surveillance drone.
The rector reiterated his commitment to ensuring that a graduating student of the polytechnic, Ogechi Okoroafor, who made a viral video on social media claiming that she graduated with the help of God and her private part, was not victimized. Arimanwa said: “The panel is still sitting. They are still on with their investigations. Once the report is ready, the world will know. But let me say that under my watch, no student of the polytechnic, including the girl, is victimized. I assure you that the right thing is done.”