Fedpoly Ile-Oluji laments poor takeoff fund, matriculates 236 pioneers
The Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State, Prof. Adedayo Fasakin has lamented poor funding of the institution saying this poses a threat to its takeoff and sustenance.
Fasakin who disclosed this during the maiden matriculation of its pioneer students said the institution is faced with many challenges.
The polytechnic was established by a presidential pronouncement in 2014 alongside other three Federal polytechnics namely Oil and Gas, Bonny, Rivers state; Ukana, Akwa Ibom state and the National Institute for Construction Technology, Uromi, Edo state.
“We were the last to take-off. While all the other three took off in 2014, we started on April 1, 2015 and since we took off late, we were not captured in the 2015 budget.
Fasakin said the intervention of governor Olusegun Mimiko who offered a 14-flat complex as administrative take-off site and subsequently approved 152 hectares of land as the institution’s permanent site gave them a ray of hope.
The rector who was full of gratitude to God and the host community said the last polytechnic to take off out of the four named by the together is the only institution that has five accredited programmes and with the largest number of students.
“If the last of four can be best of four in less than two years, then we have all it takes to be among the top five polytechnics in Nigeria in the next five years. This we can surely do.”
Fifty-six students were admitted into Department of Accountancy, 33 into Computer Engineering, 54 into Computer, 39 into Electrical and Electronic Engineering and 54 into Statistics.
Mimiko in his address advised the 236 students to utilise the opportunities available in polytechnic education, which he said, combines the theoretical and practical knowledge for best use in special periods as the prevalent recession worldwide.