The Rector represented by the Deputy Rector and Chairman, graduation ceremony planning committee, Mr Augustine Bayo Oyeleke made this known while briefing the press on the activities lined up for the 32nd and 33rd graduation ceremony of the institution held at the Board of Studies Chamber, Central Administration building, The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
He said the institution’s unlimited transformation and growth in its core value of training young Nigerians in academic technological innovation was as a result of its ability to boycott many recent strikes embarked upon by higher institutions of learning in the state.
He said the management has zero tolerance for strikes these days.
Fawole then listed several achievements of the institution since its establishment in 1971 as being rated by the regulatory body for Polytechnic education in Nigeria, the National Board for Technical Education as the best stated owned polytechnic and rated fourth best polytechnic among over 112 polytechnics in Nigeria.
The graduation ceremony comes up on Friday 14th December, 2018 at the North Campus Sports Pavilion, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, by 10.00 a.m.
He noted that programmes slated for the ceremony will kick off with a Jumat and church services on Friday 7th December at the central Mosque of the institution by 2.00pm and service at The Lord’s Chapel of The Polytechnic, Ibadan by 10.00 a.m on Sunday 9th December, 2018.
The graduation lecture will be delivered by a leading authority on African history, Professor (Senator) Adebanji Akintoye on the theme “The great prospects of Nigeria’s Polytechnic graduates” on Thursday 13th December, 2018 at the North campus Assembly hall by 3.00 p.m.
At the ceremony, Fawole informed that National Diploma (ND), Higher National Diploma (HND), Post Graduate and Full Professional Diploma Certificates will be awarded to hundreds of graduating students while prizes will be presented to all students who have exceptionally excelled across programmes in addition to those who recorded best performance in other extra-curricular activities.
Fawole disclosed that “You will recall that The Polytechnic, Ibadan, stood out and did not participate in many of the strikes, three major things are responsible for this action. They are prudent management of resources by the management of the institution; cordial relationships, industrial harmony that is existing between the management and the unions, the intervention of the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi in responding to our requests and in particular, his interest in the peace, harmony and smooth running of the Polytechnic, Ibadan.
“All these put together have culminated into and from what you can see and feel. You will discover that there is peace, not a fragile one, peace, tranquillity and development, in the Polytechnic Ibadan. Above all, the kind of staff God has blessed the institution with, teaching and non-teaching, senior and junior they have all been being wonderful.”
Fawole said the graduation was an occasion to celebrate four major stakeholders of the institution as one of the country’s foremost citadel of learning and technological innovations.
He mentioned the stakeholders as “students, parents/guardians, staff/management and the proprietor of the institution. The successful students are to be celebrated for being complaint to the rules and regulations guiding their studentship and enduring the hustles and bustles of the academic environment, resulting into their being found worthy in learning and character.”