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The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Arch Olusegun Aluko has said majority of the unemployed youths in the country are graduate of Universities owing to their lack of skill while in school.
The Rector said this during a press conference organised to herald the 40th anniversary of the establishment of federal government owned institution on Tuesday.
Aluko who enjoined researchers to subject his claim thoroughly to research added that polytechnic graduates mostly don’t rely on white collar jobs instead they venture into the skill they might have acquired within the four walls of the polytechnic.
According to the rector, the 40th anniversary which kicked off on the 3rd of April, 2019 with the commissioning of founding fathers billboard will end on October 16, 2019 with conferment of award on the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and past rectors of the institution.
” if you check around, you will discover that majority of the unemployed youths in the country are graduates of the University and not polytechnic products because the polytechnic graduates do not wait if they do not get a white collar job, instead he or she will venture into the skill he/she must had been acquired while in school (polytechnic).
” You can do a research of my claim, you will discover that most of the owners of furniture companies , laundry offices amongst others are polytechnic graduates and that is why I always tell my students that they have nothing to worry about and that is the truth “.
Speaking on how he was able to achieve decency in in the institution during his tenure, Arc. Aluko stated that, the enforcement of dress code on the students and regular counselling on attitudinal change contributed to the peaceful conduct of the students on campus.
“The reason we have not been in the news on any cult related activities was as a result of our strict compliance of the polytechnic’s rules on the students. Once the students were given admission, we give them the handbook which contains the rules and regulations of the school.
“Again, we have ensure that, we release the results of our students six weeks after writing their examinations to allow them know if they’re qualified to be our students without unnecessary loitering on the school campus.
“We also ensure that, we engage our students in regular counselling on their dress code and behaviour within and outside the campus. For instance, you cannot be a banking and finance students of the polytechnic and wear crazy jeans to the lecture room. That’s not how bankers dressed. These are moral values we inculcate in our students”.
Enumerating his achievements, Arc. Aluko said within five years at the helms of affairs of the institution, about 44 staff had attended International conference and 84 local conferences, while 34 staff are currently running their Masters and Ph.D programmes within and outside the country.
He added that, 296 staff have been recruited since he took charge of the polytechnic, and about 15 additional academic programmes added to the existing 19 programmes.
He also listed the construction of 500 seater auditorium for school of Management studies, studio and workshop for school of environmental studies, construction of studio and laboratories for Mass communication department, procurement of Tools and equipments for Art and Design department.
Others include construction of workshop and animal husbandry complex for school of agricultural science, twin 250 capacity lecture theatre, procurement of equipments for school of engineering, mechanical, Electrical and Civil departments, Tourism village for department of leisure and tourism department, supply of musical instruments for music department to mention but few.