Ajimobi assures support for 4,977Ibadan poly graduates – There are 4, 977 students of Polytechnic, Ibadan graduated on Friday for its 2013/2014 academic session.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 3,675 graduated with National Diploma while 1,302 graduated with Higher National Diploma.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, the Visitor to the institution, urged the graduands to learn to be self employed and to tackle the challenges of life.
The governor also advised them to be innovative and exceptional in whatever areas of lives they found themselves.
Ajimobi said, “I stand before you today addressing you simply because I am educated. Without education, I doubt whether I would have that opportunity.
“Not that I was born with a silver spoon; my father was a tailor before he became a parliamentarian. Then, I used to trek from Oja-Oba to Aperin, eating fried plantain.
“Today, that school boy is the governor addressing you. I believe in hard work and doing something exceptionally.”
The governor pledged that his administration would continue to be supportive, urging the management of the institution to always facilitate regular meetings with government so as to provide solutions to their challenges.
Rector of the institution, Mr Olatunde Fawole, in his address, sought the governor’s assistance in the area of accreditation of some programmes.
He solicited government’s assistance in staffing, rehabilitation of the institution’s hostel and general physical infrastructure as well as in the provision of a conducive learning environment.
“We are assuring you, sir, that we shall continue to put in our best to ensure that our graduands are competitive in the labour market to justify the huge investment of the state government in the institution,’’ he said.
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