Femi Peters, Abeokuta
The Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Thursday, matriculated 1,500 students for the 2018 /2019 academic session, charging them to be of good conduct during their stay at the institution.
The ceremony, held at the school’s Otunba Gbenga Daniel Hall, is coming three years since the institution last admitted students owing to non admission of students for two academic sessions.
In his remarks, the Rector, Samson Odedina, congratulated the matriculating students saying, “you are the first set of lucky students to benefit from the new Mapoly agenda.”
He noted that the institution known for its landmark excellence has graduated students in all spheres including academic, industry and in private practice of communication, banking and engineering.
“Our prestigious institution is well known all over as a centre of excellence going by the landmarks achieved by our graduates in all spheres, Academic, industry and in private practice if communication, banking, engineering etc.
“Moshood Abiola Polytechnic is a reference point in entrepreneurial, scientific and Technology education.
“Our graduates are proven job creators and role models as dependable employees. This ceremony marks the commencement of 2018/2019 academic session and also the beginning of you higher educational pursuit to actualise your lifetime dream.
“I am aware that each of you in you own way has overcome challenges no matter how small to be where you are today, let me inform you that we value not only your academic achievements and potentials but also look forward to character traits, skills and competence that will make us proud of you as mentor and parents.
“You will be the first set of lucky students to benefit from the new MAPOLY with focus on the policy of current government in Ogun state on qualitative education, E_learning, entrepreneurship, October-based innovations, skill acquisition programmes and Agro_based job opportunities.
Similarly, this set of National Diploma candidates is the pioneer of New MAPOLY as the Polytechnic has been without National Diploma intakes in the last two consecutive sessions” he said.
He urged the matriculating students to shun all forms of malpractices and illegal conducts that would tarnish the image of the institution stressing that their aim is to obtain a degree that would help achieve their dreams.
In a similar vein, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Aikulola Olu-Ola, who was represented by Mr. Akinsolu Martins, enjoined the matriculating students to eschew indolence, procrastination, truancy and all forms of social vices that are capable of impending your route to success.
While lauding the school management for staying strong during the recent wave of trials, he assured that the state government would work towards making sure the institution has a steady academic calendar and administration.