About 1,500 students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta were on Thursday matriculated following their admissions into various full-time and part-time programmes of the institution.
This development appears to have restored normalcy to the academic programmes of the school that had been nearly grounded since the conversion of its site in the Ogun State capital into a university two years ago.
MAPOLY Rector, Samson Odedina disclosed this during the 2018/ 2019 Matriculation Oath-taking ceremony held in the polytechnic.
Dr Odedina urged the students to be committed, focused and disciplined in order to graduate in flying colours.
According to him, MAPOLY is a reference point in the entrepreneurial, scientific and technological industry, adding that the institution’s graduates have over the years proven to be job creators, role models and not job seekers.
“As fresh students, let me urge you to mind who you associate with, refuse any unsolicited assistance from any quarter; run away from anything that is capable of dragging the name of the institution and your families to the mud, instead, invest your energy in positive and productive works that will write your name in gold.”
”Let me remind you that your primary aim on this campus is to obtain certificate which will help you achieve your dreams.”
”It is pertinent you know that the Management of the Polytechnic will not be disposed to some anti-social behaviours, examination misconducts, indecent dressing, secret associations which you have sworn against today,” Odedina said.
Back on site
EduCeleb.com recalls that since 2017 when the erstwhile Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun converted the site of the polytechnic into the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH), not much academic activities had been taking place in the school.
He moved the school to Ipokia, some 150 km South-West of Abeokuta and renamed it Ogun State Polytechnic.
Even with licences for both schools issued by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), the sites had remained with little or no teaching going on despite annual admissions.
But his successor, Dapo Abiodun recently signed a law repealing the conversion of MAPOLY campus in Abeokuta to MAUSTECH.
It also aligned with the recommendation of a committee he set up in that regard shortly after he was sworn in in May.