The Rector of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prof. Oludele Itiola, on Thursday urged the newly admitted students of the institution to contribute their quota through the knowledge obtained in their chosen careers to get the country out of the current economic recession.
Itiola gave this charge during the 2016/2017 matriculation oath taking ceremony for all the newly admitted Full – Time and Part – Time National Diploma and Higher National Diploma Students held at the OGD Auditorium of the institution, in Abeokuta .
The rector said, “You have enrolled into tertiary institution at a time our dear country is in dire need of appropriate human capital to help her out of the global economic challenges. You should, therefore, be prepared to contribute your quota through knowledge, to lift her up, and here in MAPOLY, we shall hold you through. “
Itiola, therefore, challenged the students to contribute to national development through the knowledge obtained from their chosen career, as their alumni did, saying that some of their colleagues at the National Diploma level had made the institution proud through their innovation and creativity.
“Your colleagues, who were here before you have lent credence to our exploits in national development, in such areas as Communication, Engineering, Sciences, Business management and the Environment.
“Besides being trail blazers in professional examinations such as ICAN, APCON, etc or representing Nigeria at international competitions and programmes, your colleagues at the National Diploma level have produced Generating sets not running on fuel, Kerosene and petrol powered generator, Electronic Ballot Box, Solar Power Street Lights, Tricycles, and other interesting products as their contributions. What will be your contributions? ” he added .
The rector noted that the students’ education at the school was a big opportunity for them to develop and discover more about themselves and to give them a professional edge in their various chosen careers.
He assured the students that the management of the institution would continue to provide enabling teaching environment for the them, advising them to be focused, committed and ensure discipline in their studies if they wanted to come out of the institution with good academic results.
“I advise you to be focused, committed and ensure discipline, if you are to graduate with flying colours. You have been prepared well for this day by your parents, family and friends . Many of your loved ones have literally sacrificed so that you may enjoy the privilege of a life time. Honour their sacrifice by behaving responsibly and making the most of this extraordinary opportunity,” he said.