Friday, 11 March 2016
MAPOLY to award degrees soon — Amosun
Management, staffs and students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ojere, Abeokuta Thursday expressed happiness when the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun disclosed that the institution would soon award degrees.
The governor stated this at the 14th Convocation ceremony of the institution, held at the OGD hall of the institution in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Amosun revealed that all necessary documentations were near conclusion for the institution to begin running degree programmes.
According to him, “We have approached the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) and very soon the institution would become a degree awarding one.
“The state government would continue to provide affordable, qualitative and standardised education. No government alone can fund education, so, we are encouraging private sector participation and we also promise to do our best to make education more affordable to ordinary citizens.”
The governor, in his usual bid to encourage excellence, promised all students, who graduated with distinction automatic employment by the state government.
The Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, in her remarks, revealed that the institution would soon establish School of Agriculture Technology.
The Iyalode of Yorubaland posited that the school had arable, vast of land for agriculture, adding that the School of Agriculture Technology would be a welcome one.
She used the occasion to warn all land speculators who had made incursions into the institution’s land to steer clear or face serious government wrath.
Lawson, who lamented that “land speculators had constituted menace and major hindrance to the physical development of the institution, commended the governor on his efforts to eject the illegal occupants.
Prof. Oludele Itiola, the institution’s Rector thanked all the invited guests as he assured them of better and well trained students from the school.
He also thanked his team for their unalloyed support and promised that adequate reward awaits good performance.
While commenting on the present economic situation in the country, Itiola suggested that “if the nation was to come out of its present economic situation, intellectual development redirection must be adopted.
“There must be dynamism and vitality in the learning process in the nation’s institutions of higher learning that would train students in line with economic realities.
“It is my firm belief that our ability to succeed as a nation in the new global economy will depend, to a very significant extent, the dynamism and vitality of our learning processes.
“To make this leap, our institutions of higher learning will have to review their total learning experience, so as to nurture graduates with a willingness to think with originality and to explore paths that have not been tried before.”
The Rector disclosed that students who graduated from 2009/2010 to 2014/2015 participated in the convocation.