BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, will on Thursday hold its combined 7th Convocation Ceremony for no fewer than 14,000 graduates of the institution.
Addressing a press conference to herald activities for the ceremony in Osogbo, the polytechnic Rector, Dr Woye Olaniran said students from the 2016/2017 (NCE) Technical, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, 2019/2020 would be graduated.
The visitor to the institution and governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola is the Special Guest of Honour at the programme.
Activities marking the ceremony, according to Olaniran, included a football match, Convocation lecture on a global trending issue: “Green Entrepreneurial Intentions and Business Sustainability in Post COVID-19 Pandemic Era: Issues and Challenges,” to be delivered by a professor of Human Resources from the Faculty of Management Science, Osun State University, Osogbo and the grand finale on Thursday, May 26, where Diplomas and certificates would be awarded to graduands.
Reeling out giant strides since the inception of his administration on July 1, 2019, Olaniran said the polytechnic has witnessed tremendous developments in infrastructure, students and staff welfare and academic standard.
He said some programmes run by the institution were accredited and that three projects including Engineering Lecture Theatre, Computer Science Building Complex and Arts & Industrial Design Building Complex were completed among other projects and to be commissioned by the state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola during the ceremony.
“It’s on record that since my assumption of office, the institution has witnessed peace and tranquility. The polytechnic has not experienced any rift between the staff and management. This is as a result of regular payment of emoluments and allowances of all categories of staff as and when due. This has really created a good working condition and encouragement for the workers.
“I have indeed given uncommon priority to the welfare of both staff and students which has facilitated the relative peace enjoyed by stakeholders in the Polytechnic community. I however attribute the regular payment of salary and emoluments to Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s welfarist administration in the state.
“I will not relent in my efforts at transforming the institution and making it to be an enviable citadel of learning in Nigeria. Efforts are on top gear to affiliate tye institution to Degree Awarding Universities in Nigeria and beyond,” the Rector noted.
He added that the institution is first in the country that produced hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic adding that many products of the polytechnic have excelled in their various callings.