511 Bag Distinction as 13,667 Graduate from Ado Ekiti Polytechnic

Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti

An aggregate of 511 out of the 13,677 graduates of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, would bag distinction at its combined 18th convocation ceremonies slated for November 19, 2022.

Similarly, a former Lagos State Governor and Minister of Works, Babatunde Raji Fashola and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi are to be decorated with fellowship awards of the institution during the ceremonies.

The Polytechnic Rector, Dr. Hephzibah Oladebeye, gave the revelation yesterday, in Ado Ekiti, during a pre- convocation press conference commemorating the 18th convocation and 45th anniversary of the establishment of the prestigious institution.

Oladebeye added that other dignitaries that would receive honours include: Mrs. Modupe Babalola, the wife of a legal icon and university founder, Chief Afe Babalola; an alumnus of the institution, S.A. Fakologbon and Dr. Rotimi Ibidapo, who also graduated from the Polytechnic.

He said: “Their recognition is to appreciate them for their contributions to national development and humanity. This will also be a source of encouragement to the graduands and students, for them to know that they too can aspire to whatever height they aim at.”

Giving the breakdown of the graduation list, the Rector, said the graduands include those who successfully completed their ordinary national diploma and higher diploma courses in periods spanning 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions.

Oladebeye, whose tenure would expire in four months time, said the institution now has a total of 15,000 OND and HND undergraduates and 2,000 personnel across academic and non-academic strata that are contributing to the polytechnic’s uplift.

The Rector stated that his administration has executed over 20 landmark projects to shore up the polytechnic’s physical infrastructures, besides ensuring regular training, retraining and development of staff and timely payment of some of their emoluments.

The Rector was enthralled by the granting of approval to the institution by National Board for Technical Education( NBTE) and professional bodies, for the running of 14 new courses at the Diploma and Higher Diploma cadres, saying this would  bolster the institution’s ranking nationally and globally.

The Rector added; “With this NBTE’s accreditation, our polytechnic now has 36 departments running various courses. This confirms that we are developing fast and well positioned to offer qualitative education to Nigerians”.

He said the university had sealed a deal with the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, for the running of degree courses in 11 academic areas, while also having affiliation with the Federal University of Technology, Minna, for degree programmes in some certain specialties.

He said the institution has established Adopoly FM to transmit news that would add value to the host community and the state, as well as generate employment and revenue for the citizens and the Polytechnic.

Oladebeye described funding as the major challenge constituting clog in the wheel of progress, calling on spirited individuals to partner in building the Polytechnic, bearing in mind that government can’t solely fund any tertiary institution.

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