The Oke–Ogun Polytechnic, Saki on Saturday, held its combined maiden convocation ceremony for graduands of 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic session.
The event which was held at the premises of the institution also witnessed the commissioning of a multimillion naira central laboratory complex by Governor ‘Seyi Makinde.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Otunba Segun Ogunwuyi, Gov. Makinde charged graduands to be good ambassadors of the institution, noting that they should not relent in their academic pursuits.
Ogunwuyi also appreciated the unquantifiable contributions of the past and present Governing Council and Management of the Institution, for the laudable policies they formulated and implemented, which have helped to take the institution to an enviable height.
Ogunwuyi also reiterated the institution’s mandate of training low and middle-level technological manpower, while also commending the school authority for achieving this.
In his remarks, the Acting Rector of the institution, Dr Yekeen Fasasi thanked God and commended Governor ‘Seyi Makinde over the completion of the project within the spate of 8 months.
Fasasi also hailed the Governing Council of the institution and the consultant for ensuring the project was carried out at a reasonable period of time.
He said: “I am full of gratitude to God Almighty for the completion of this project within the spate of Eight (8) months. The project was facilitated by His Excellency, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde and approved by the Governing Council with the able supervision of the Financial Consultant led by the Chairman Platinum I.T. Asset Consultant, who ensured that the construction was carried out at a reasonable period of time.
“The template for the Laboratory Complex had been on ground for years and the Council and the Management on coming on board tried severally to convince the consultant on the need to have the complex which will invariably add to the infrastructures needed for accreditation of our courses.
“The approval for the take off of the construction of the complex was thereafter granted by the consultant through direct labour.
“The total amount of one hundred and three million, five hundred and thirty three thousand naira (#103,533,000.00) only, saved from the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) was used for the construction of the laboratory complex. These fund and its utilisation was prudently managed with the assistance of the council and the Chairman Platinum I.T. Assets Consultant.
“In no doubt, the accreditation of our science-based courses will sail through easily, because this laboratory is one of the basic requirement needed for accreditation of courses.
“Your Excellency Sir, this institution will forever be grateful to you for this, and at the same time, I wish to request from you the fund needed to equip these laboratories. These include Scientific Equipment and Machineries needed for the laboratories to function effectively. There is also the need to furnish all the offices and units in the laboratory for effective use.
“All this I hope and pray that His Excellency will approve in order to put the laboratory complex into use for the on-coming accreditation exercise.
“The Institution deemed it fit to name this complex after you (Engineer Oluseyi Makinde Laboratory Complex) because of your commitment to Education”, he concluded.
In the meantime, some of other dignitaries at the event were the Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Abdulrahman Abduraheem, Commisioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Adeniyi Olabode Adebisi, Chairman Governing Council of Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Barr. Lateef Abiola Sarafadeen, Members of the Governing Council, The Okere of Saki, among others.