Offa Poly obtains assurance of upgrading to university
Offa Federal Polytechnic’s aspiration and efforts to become a university of technology may soon be achieved, given the assurance given by Senator representing South Kwara Senate District, Oyelola Ashiru, at the 11th convocation ceremony of the institution recently. Uchechukwu Nnaike Reports
The 11th graduation ceremony of the Federal Polytechnic of Offa, which has just ended, could be the last as a top national and national institution, as efforts to transform it into a university gather momentum magnitude.
The institution had a combined convocation for 12,161 two series of graduates for the academic sessions 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. He also conferred a scholarship on Ashiru and Professor Ahmed Sadauki.
Ashiru, while thanking management for the honor, assured members of the polytechnic community that the upgrade will be completed soon.
âThis 11th convocation, held on the 11th day of the 11th month, is significant. After 11, the next number is 12, midnight. And after midnight there will be a new dawn, and the new dawn will be the Federal University of Technology, Offa.
The bill to modernize the polytechnic, sponsored by Ashiru, has passed second reading in the Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on Higher Education Institutions and TETFund.
Emphasizing the institution’s readiness for upgrading, the Rector, Dr Lateef Olatunji, whose five-year term will soon achieve steady progress in basic academic culture.
âWe have not only placed the institution on steady academic growth, but we have also expanded the facilities available for teaching and learning on our two campuses, and we have made the administrative environment more convenient. I am convinced that the successes recorded during our mandate will be supported and improved by successive administrations, âhe said.
He thanked the visitor, President Muhammadu Buhari, for the positive steps being taken to reposition technical and vocational education, in particular Nigeria’s higher education system.
Ashiru added that the board, management, staff and students have incorporated his vision of evolving an education system with the capacity to achieve the goals set for national development.
The rector said that the current crop of graduate students, outside of their respective fields of professional study, are further endowed with the necessary training in entrepreneurship to face the challenges of dwindling employment opportunities.
The polytechnic boasts of well-equipped laboratories, studios and workshops for the technology-oriented departments to function optimally and continually upgrade to meet modern standards.
Under Olatunji, the polytechnic took steps to further develop its infrastructure (construction and reconstruction of roads, provision of modern work facilities, acquisition of equipment for laboratories, workshops and studios). It continued to maintain its online admissions culture, collaborative links with organizations inside and outside the country, and a conducive environment to stimulate work and facilitate learning.
In research and development, the institution has become known for some of its technological innovations and scientific breakthroughs. These include sweet potato for bread and other confectionery from the School of Applied Sciences, security doors with password, automatic dust bin, device control system based on a microcontroller, a model house built with a wall of styrofoam replacing the concrete block.
Others are animal waste to biogas for home heating, the solar electric system, the solar cooker, among others, from the School of Engineering.
He said that all ND and HND programs have the required approvals and management has also successfully mounted additional programs including catering and hotel management, agricultural technology, public administration, environment, purchasing and purchases. The institution continued to strengthen its staff and also facilitated several staff capacity building programs. Currently, he said that more than 50 staff have doctorates.
The Rector announced that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) recently ranked the Polytechnic among its certified institutions in Nigeria to obtain qualitative accountancy education.
Other achievements, he said, are regular promotion of staff, prompt payment of salaries and allowances.
Olatunji announced the successful launch of affiliate programs with Minna Federal University of Technology, following approval by the National Universities Commission (NUC). He said the programs started fully in the 2018/2019 academic session with four programs (B. Tech. In Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Food Science and Technology).
He said the polytechnic is currently working with industries / agencies such as the Nigerian Institute for Construction and Roads Research (NIBRRI), Oshodi Federal Industrial Research Institute (FIIRO).
Olatunji said his administration also facilitated the surveyor’s instrument (digital level) worth 5.3 million naira to the Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics. The instrument was donated by the Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria (SURCON) upon the induction of newly registered surveyors in Nigeria. There was also the NCC training and the donation of 110 laptops to the polytechnic.
In his remarks, Buhari, represented by the Director of Polytechnic Education and Related Institutions of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Adeleye Adeoye, noted that nations are in fierce competition to outdo each other in the field of education. provides quality knowledge and positive research, and Nigeria should be able to show leadership in Africa in this regard.
He called for the promotion of a modern approach to knowledge acquisition and urged agencies in charge of educational development to find a way to encourage young people to learn in institutions across the country, as well as to attract international students and researchers so that the ranking of Nigerian polytechnics can skyrocket.
The president underlined that a technological and technical education of quality is essential in the will of the country to become a technologically advanced nation.
He said that some resources are being invested in polytechnics and Nigerians have the right to expect results from their investments. He therefore urged polytechnics to assure Nigerians on such occasions by showcasing new discoveries or inventions that can add value to the standard of living.
The president advised graduates to use skills learned at the polytechnic to venture into the entrepreneurial field instead of waiting for white-collar jobs. He said the government provides low-rate loans to budding entrepreneurs through the Bank of Industry and other social interventions.
âThe wealth of this nation is in the hands of overcrowded young people, who are ready to develop businesses, explore opportunities and create noble and innovative businesses,â he said.
The Chairman of the Board, Dr Usman Ahmed, thanked the Chairman for the confidence placed in the members of the Board and has always promised to develop policies in line with the government’s âeducation for changeâ agenda.
He attributed the institution’s continued peaceful existence to the maximum cooperation of staff and students, which led to an uninterrupted academic calendar.
Among the concerns of the board and management of the polytechnic, he said, was the welfare and progress of the staff, to which the exceptional promotion of 2,020 staff members was quickly taken into account at the inaugural meeting of the school. advice.
He also commended the Federal Government through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for regularly sponsoring capacity development staff.
He announced that the doctoral thesis of a staff member of the institution, Dr Sunday Asakpa, who worked on “Visual cryptographic system for the security of biometric models of the ear”, and Dr Ademola Ebeloku, who worked on âImpact of occupational health and safety on the performance of Cement Companies in Nigeriaâ, were ranked among the best in the country and their work was converted into manuals by TETfund for use in establishments of higher education across the country.
The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of awards to outstanding graduates including the top graduate student Miss Adesewa Abiola, HND graduate from the Department of Technology and Office Management with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3, 98.
She said the trip was tough with financial challenges, but she never gave up. She thanked the management and all of her speakers for preparing her to be the best.
At the graduation conference, “Nigeria Security Challenge: Implications for Sustainable Educational and Economic Development”, Sadauki highlighted the causes of insecurity in the country, including the imposition of unpopular policies, corruption, unemployment, poverty, terrorism / suicide bombings, flawed intelligence gathering. and underfunding of security agencies, external influence, inequalities and uneven development, among others.
He said the insecurity has resulted in a significant drop in the enrollment rate compared to the huge gains made in previous years. He regretted that out-of-school children tend to resort to vices and can be easily recruited as child soldiers, thus worsening the security situation in the country.
According to him, insecurity has also led to the disruption of economic activities, decrease in foreign direct investment, increase in brain drain, among others.
He called on the government to include studies on peace and security management in the school curriculum at all levels to enable young people to appreciate the importance of peace and security in a secular state like Nigeria. .
Sadauki also stressed the need for a collective security agreement by federal, state and local governments. He said the arrangement should produce a committee at the village, community, local, state and federal levels to provide sensitive security information to security agencies in their areas of operation. “This will ultimately help identify the criminals, their sponsors and their hideouts in Nigeria,” he said.