By Mosunmola Ayobami,Ilorin
The Rector Kwara Polytechnic, Engr. (Dr) Abdul Jimoh Mohammed, has charged graduands of the institution to be good ambassadors of the institution.
Mohammed gave the charge at the 29th Convocation Ceremony of the 2022/2023 academic session of the institution held on Thursday in Ilorin.
“You have laboured hard, toiled tirelessly and burnt the candle at both ends and these have culminated in this joyous event. No doubt, your dreams have been fulfilled and you have become the prides and glories of your parents and guardians. Therefore, you must always remember that the certificates in your possession are very precious; they are confirmations that you have proved yourselves worthy in character and learning” he said.
Muhammed commended the Kwara State Governor Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq for creating an enabling environment for the management of the institution to discharge its duties effectively.
He highlighted the achievements of the Polytechnic and the IGR projects to be commissioned.
The projects to be commissioned are; 33KV projects, renovated old IOT lecture halls, laboratories/workshops and offices, 2.5 Km reinforced concrete drainage, The remodeled library and information science Department, Zango power projects, renovation of IOT complex, Construction of drainages, landscaping/Construction of walkway, centralized online research assessment and submission system (CORASS)/Digital Project Binding, renovation of old library, and renovated of medical lodge.
He also said some of the challenges of the institution includes funding, illegal occupation of polytechnic land, illegal occupation of polytechnic land, porosity of the permanent campus, accreditation of programmes, and ageing structure.
Muhammed called on the government to come to their rescue through perimeter fence to protect the property
The Commissioner For Tertiary Education Dr. Mrs Mary Ronke Arinde, who commended the graduands as well as parents/ guardians, urged the graduands to be ready to soar in a highly competitive world.
“I urged you to tap from the abundant entrepreneurial skills gained in the polytechnic, to launch yourselves into self-reliance. This, Will not only be to your advantage, but will go a long way to complement the government’s policies towards taking Nigeria away from mono-economy. In addition, for you to get ahead in life, volunteer to do very sound valuable venture that no one else cares to do, and do it better for the benefits of all. Accept responsibilities and shun criminal tendencies, this will make you stand out among equals and remain appreciated by others. You should cultivate the habit of honesty, transparency and shun discrimination along ethnic, religious, cultural and racial lines, which today are part of Nigeria’s troubling challenges” She said
The governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff (CoS) Prince Abdulkadir Aliyu Mahe, lauded the management of the Polytechnic for breaking new ground in infrastructural development, adding that the government would continue to support the institution in its goal.
He emphasized the need to sustain peace within and outside the polytechnic and zero tolerance for cultism.
Mahe also noted the need to be creative to be on top of the game
The CoS enjoined the graduands to work smart and utilise the opportunity offer by technology, adding that they should use the practical training and entrepreneurship acquired in the polytechnic to rule their world
He also urged the graduands to be good ambassador of the polytechnic.