Twenty-Seven years after a siting governor of Lagos State last visited the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode last week visited the institution, with a promise to build an ultra-modern Administrative complex for the polytechnic.
Ambode, the Moderator of the polytechnic, who broke the jinx to attend the 25th convocation of the polytechnic, said the state tertiary institutions were being repositioned to be the benchmark for other states of the federation.
Apart from the administrative complex, which he said its construction would begin before the end of the year, the governor also pledged to build a befitting auditorium for academic and other social activities.
Ambode, who promised that the proposed stadium expected to be constructed for Ikorodu axis of the state would be built on the campus of the polytechnic, however, hinted that the construction of the auditorium had become necessary so that the institution would no longer hold its convocation on the sports ground.
As part of his administration’s efforts at reposition the institution to fulfill its mandates, the governor recalled that the government’s subvention had been increased incredibly to enhance the accreditation of polytechnic’s academic programmes.
“Already, the state government had approved the employement of 89 members of staff, while other major moves being made to lift the polytechnic would be completed this year and the government would continue to invest massively to improve and provide all necessary learning tools in the institution,” he said.
Thus, the governor challenged the graduating 9,228 graduating students at the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) to rise above their certificates as job creators and not job seekers.
Meanwhile, The Rector, Mr. Oluyinka Sogunro, while enumerating some of the achievements of his one-year administration towards enhancing the quality of tuition, financial base and professional competencies listed them to include collaboration with the International College of Aeronautics and Aviation Studies and production of Drones; commencement of the payment of CONISS 15 Migration salary to teaching and non-teaching staff; establishment of LASPOTECH 10.9 FM Radio Station; as well as sponsorship of staff for further studies, local and international seminars and conferences to upscale their competence.
But, despite the numerous achievements recorded so far, the Rector outlined some of the challenges facing the polytechnic, which he listed among others to include lack of a befitting administrative block; resolution of the lingering case of the 2010 retirees on compassionate ground; non-release of the monthly financial implication of CONISS 15 migration; competition of abandoned sports complex project on Ikorodu main campus.
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