Fed Poly Offa May Become Degree Awarding Institution -Rector

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….holds 11th Convocation ceremony.

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By Wole Adedeji

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The Federal Polytechnic, Offa in Kwara State will soon become a degree awarding institution, the Rector, Dr. Lateef Olatunji has said.

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Olatunji who made this known at a press conference to herald the 11th Convocation ceremony of the institution in Offa said a bill to convert the Polytechnic to a degree awarding institution is already placed before the Senate for approval.

According to him, Senator Lola Ashiru representing Kwara South District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly submitted the bill that had passed the second reading seeking to give a nod to the polytechnic to award Bachelor’s degrees in technology in the nearest future.

The Rector said already, there had been collaborations between the institutions and the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Niger State on one part and the Federal University, Oye Ekiti on the other.

He added that some students of the polytechnic are now in the 300 level at FUT, Minna pursuing running B. Tech programnes in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Food and Science Technology.

Meanwhile at the Convocation ceremony, the Rector told the gathering that the institution is collaborating with the Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) while the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is equally partnering with the School.

Dr. Olatunji also hinted that the Federal Polytechnic Offa is in collaboration with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, Lagos, for a joint conduct of research works.

The Polytechnic has a total of 55 PhD teaching staff, a feat no other polytechnic, both public and private has. The school is ranked eighth best by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

The Rector who is winding up his five-year tenure in office, boasted of landmark achievements in the areas of physical developments, accreditation and re-accreditations of all the polytechnic’s programmes, research works including using potatoes for bread making and other confectionaries.

Other areas of achievements he said are link and access roads on the campuses of the institution, building of laboratories, lecture theatres courtesy of TETFUND as well as having befitting structures that made increasing accreditation of all its programnes possible.

Meanwhile, a total number of 12,161 graduates of the polytechnic in the 2018/2019 as well as 2019/2020 academic sessions were awarded National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) of the institution.

In the address by President Muhamnadu Buhari, the visitor to the Polytechnic, he urged the graduating students not to wait anymore for white collar jobs but create businesses and be employers of labour.

The president whose speech was read by Mr. Adeoye Adeleye, the Director of Polytechnic Education and Allied Institutions, urged government through the Bank of Industry (BOI) and other intervention agencies to give soft loans to budding entrepreneurs.

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