Federal Poly Ayede Governing Council Seeks Stakeholders’ Support, Funding for Take-off of the Institution

The Governing Council of the newly-established Federal Polytechnic, Ayede (FEDPA), Oyo State, has sought for the support of all key stakeholders for the smooth take-off of the institution.

The governing council sought for the support while meeting with host communities in Ogbomoso land during its on-the-spot assessment of the facilities in the institution.

The Federal Government had, in February 2021, approved the institution’s establishment and consequently inaugurated a governing council, chaired by Prof. Dakas C.J. Dakas, for the polytechnic.

The council and the management team of the institution, in its task at hitting the ground running, paid a week-long visitation to the host communities in Ogbomoso land.

The team, in the course of its tour, visited Ayede community in Ogo-Oluwa Local Government Area and Iresaapa community in Surulere Local Government Area hosting the permanent site and the temporary site of the institution respectively.

The team also engaged local government chairmen, traditional rulers and the divisional police officers in all the five council areas in Ogbomoso land.

The local government areas are: Ogo-Oluwa, Surulere, Orire, Ogbomoso North and South.

Dakas, during the tour, said that the visit had afforded the council the opportunity to engage the critical stakeholders in the host communities and seek areas of partnership and collaboration.

He emphasised that the institution wasn’t established in the air but on the communities’ lands, adding that it had, therefore, became imperative for the council to engage them as critical stakeholders and custodians of the new polytechnic.

“As critical stakeholders, it is important that the communities support, collaborate and work together with the council and the school management in order to achieve the objective for which it was established,” he said.

The chairman, who noted that security was very critical to the survival of any institution, urged the traditional rulers in the communities to work in partnership with the security agencies.

“Help us secure the institution, as we know that our country is faced with security challenge,” he said.

Assuring the communities of benefiting immensely from the presence of the polytechnic in their domains, Dakas appealed to the sons and daughters of the host communities to make their own respective contributions to the development of the institution.

According to him, such contributions can be in terms of physical development, stocking of the school library with books, supporting the institution with computers, electronic database and other relevant items.

On when academic activities would resume, Dakas said that a team from National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) would soon visit the temporary and permanent sites of the institution for resource verification.

He said the council and the management were already in touch with Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), adding: “as soon as we get the green light from the regulatory body, we will swing into action”.

In their separate remarks, representative of the traditional ruler of Ayede community, Chief Adegbile Ajadi and the traditional ruler of Iresaapa community, Oba Moses Olayiwola, pledged their unflinching support for the council and the school management.

Ajadi appreciated the Federal Government for counting the community worthy of hosting the permanent site of the institution, stressing that 123.9 hectares of land was released for the school.

He also announced the donation of three buildings for use as temporary administrative offices at the permanent site.

Ajadi urged the federal government to expedite action on the take-off of academic activities in the school.

Also, Oba Olayiwola expressed gratitude to the federal government for establishing the institution in the area, saying that it would add to the economic growth of the town.

Chairman of Ogo-Oluwa Local Government Council, Mr Oluwaseun Adeoye, pledged his council’s support to the institution, being its host.

One of the coordinators of Ogbomoso Consultative Council, Chief Saka Balogun, assured the governing support, stating that Ogbomoso sons and daughters would work assiduously toward ensuring the successful take-off of academic activities in the institution.

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