Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro (FPI), Ogun, has said over 4, 000 students would be graduating at its 19th Convocation ceremony which would take place on Wednesday.
Dr Olusegun Olanrewaju, the Rector of the institution , disclosed this during a press conference in commemoration of the institutions 40th anniversary and 19th Convocation ceremony, held at the school premises, Ilaro on Monday.
Olanrewaju explained that 40 of the students would be graduating with distinctions , saying that this cuts across both Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND)
The Rector disclosed that the school had started moves at ensuring that its products become entrepreneurs after leaving school, saying that the era of waiting for white collar job was over.
He added that the school was aware of the challenges of unemployment in the country, saying that it was making efforts to ensure that its students performed effectively when they get to labour market.
He noted that the polytechnic remains one of the institutions that was fully prepared to change the narrative of the country adding that polytechnic had not been lagging behind in its primary mandate which was research and development.
“Through the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), we recently exhibited some of the equipments that we invented. We have supplied many companies some of our equipment and some other companies are still ordering for them.
“We are also working to make sure that we impact our environment, that is why we have created an agricultural village and we are trying to see how we can add value to our agricultural sector.
“We are the only polytechnic in Nigeria to offer courses in Cement Technology. We have collaboration with Dangote Cement Company.
“The company has approved equipment worth N220million for the Department of Cement technology , so we are waiting for the equipment,” he said. He revealed that there would be conferment of Fellowship Awards on Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Paramount Ruler of Yewa Land , Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and a renowned Dentist, S. A. J Ibikunle.
Dr Olanrewaju however, explained that poor supply of public electricity had been a major challenge confronting the school especially during examination.
He appealed to the federal government to assist the institution in the provision of stable electricity, saying it would assist in boosting the performance of the undergraduates.