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Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State has retired its rector, Arc. Olarenwaju Aluko after eight years of service.
Aluko bowed out in a grand style on Monday.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the school organised a colloquium in honour of the immeriate-past rector, held at Raheem Oloyo International Conference Centre, FPI premises.
Aluko expressed that his tenure has been all-inclusive, stating that his achievements had been witnessed by students and staff alike.
He said, “The journey so far, like any other journey, it has a lot of challenges.
“And you know when you are in a tertiary institution, like I have always said it, that one of the greatest and the most challenging task, is the job of administering a school.
“Because apart from the students, you have the staff. The staff also are equally divided into three groups – Non Academic Staff Union, NASU, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, and we have the Senior Staff Association, SANU; with the students, then the town, especially where the school is located.
“You know anything that affects Ilaro affects our students because 95% of our students stay around Ilaro.
“And you can see the way we are being celebrated because people appreciated the fact that despite all the challenges, the economy situation, because we are able to surmount all thse problems and level of peace we achieved.
“Our students are also able to get the training they need.”
While stating some of the challenges faced by his administration, Aluko stressed that power generation has taken the lead among other difficulties.
“Part of the challenge here is on the part of electricity. It becomes more challenging when we consider the price of diesel now.
“If you look at the price of diesel now, we started buying a litre at N300 early this year. Now, it is almost N800.
“Now, you cannot increase the school fee because of the situation in the country, so we just have to start managing what you have.
“And you know our students, they don’t want to if the price of diesel in N1 million. All they want to see is water, electricity and they want their environment to be conducive for learning.
“All these are various challenges that come up everyday throughout the eight years.
“My prayer is just that things will improve. If not, the coming rector will have an herculean task to do.”
He added, “But the most important aspect is independent power generation. And you know the cost is enormous.”
The outgoing rector however appealed to government to intervene in power generating for the Poly, adding that its host community usually has poor power supply.
He said,”Except government will take over such issue because I know that they have started something with the university. So, government should just extend it.
“Because when you say you need electricity, it is the polytechnics that need power more than the universities.
“Because here you talk about practical, technological development; there is hardly any course in the polytechnic that doesn’t have a practical content.
“I think the priority should be given to the polytechnics in the next dispensation.
“And there is no way we can administer this school without electricity. So, that is the problem.”
Meanwhile, the outgoing rector commended his colleagues for their support during his tenure.
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