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The Rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Dr Samson Odedina has attributed his managerial success to working with young people especially students.
Odedina said this in a chat with Press men after he was given an award by the Students Union Government of the Polytechnic on Wednesday.
The SUG had renovated the Bus shed of the polytechnic and named it after the new Rector who was appointed earlier this year by the Ogun state government.
PLATFORM TIMES observed that the students of MAPOLY are happy with the Rector, who was extolled at the inauguration ceremony of the ‘Samson Adeola Odedina Bus Shed’.
Students of MAPOLY showered praises and encomium on the new Rector for his swift intervention in the crisis of MAPOLY especially for ensuring that the long-awaited second-semester examination holds.
The SUG President, Comrade Owoiya Rasaq hailed that rector for his diplomacy and peace-loving posture in resolving the crisis.
He said, the Rector brought “the ideology of dialogue” and with that ideology, “he was able to resolve the whole crisis in less than 72 hours”
Odedina had served as Provost at the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure in Ondo state and Rector at the DS Adegbenro Polytechnic in Ogun state.
When asked about how he was able to garner such level of support from the students’ community in less than six months to his appointment, Odedina said he holds young people in high esteem.
He said he desires to pursue the agenda of young people which in his words are, “self-employment and good self-esteem.”
He said, “I am doing a job where every year I have to roll out over two thousand young people and I want them to go into self-employment and I want them to have good self-esteem.
“In my last job at Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, when I got there, I met 200 students on the ground. In two years, there were over two thousand. Everything we do is centred around young people.
“I want them to go into self-employment and I want them to have good self-esteem. One thing I do is to pursue the agenda of young people. the young people don’t want you to give them money, instead, they want recognition; they want skill; they want you to teach them networking and collaboration, and they want self-respect; they also want to see you as a role model.
“That has been my style; anywhere I go, I give recognition, attention to young people. Their immediate needs are skills to translate into money – they are a high spender. When I was in Akure, my students were making money while in school. When I came into town, I sampled everywhere in town and I see that MAPOLY students are everywhere.