An aggregate of 511 out of the 13,677 graduates of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti will 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 garlanded with the Fellowship Awards of the institution during the ceremony.
The polytechnic’s rector, Dr Hephzibah Oladebeye, gave the revelation, on Monday, 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 will receive honours include Mrs Modupe Babalola, the wife of a legal icon and university founder, Chief Afe Babalola(SAN), an alumnus of the institution, Surv 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 will 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.
He also expressed joy over 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 will 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”.
The institution, he avowed, has 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 certain specialities.
He said the institution has established Adopoly FM to transmit news that will add value to the host community and the state, as well as generate employment and revenue for the citizens and the polytechnic.
While lamenting that dearth of funds is a major clog in the wheel of progress, he called on spirited individuals to partner with the polytechnic because “government can’t solely fund any tertiary institution.”