he Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, Mr. Samuel Sogunro, has described his five-year tenure, which will expire on May 31, this year, as very rough and challenging.
This was as he recalled that his administration inherited two major problems, which he listed as the problem of the 2010 retirees and CONTISS 15 Migration.
“The journey has been very rough. Since 2016, that I assumed office as Rector, we have been on one issue or the other, especially this issues that deal with welfare of staff. Essentially money is usually a very big problem.
“I inherited two major issues, the problem of 2010 retirees and CONTISS 15 Migration. But, the state government has been able to solve that of the retirees, and they have solved that of CONTISS 15 Migration, to a large extent,” he said.
The Rector disclosed this during the matriculation of full-time students of the polytechnic for 2019/2020 academic session, where over 3,000 students admitted into the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma undertook the matriculation oath of the institution.
In the breakdown, no fewer than 2,180 were admitted into ND, while over 800 students were admitted into the HND programme.
On the crisis bedeviling the polytechnic, Sogunro noted that the Lagos State Government had already set up a visitation panel for the polytechnic, saying: “We do not want to preempt the panel.”
Despite the crisis, he hinted that his administration was able to undertake substantial developmental strides, which led to the springing up of several building projects, including those of the School of Agriculture Building; School of Mass Communication building; 600-capacity auditorium, Hospitality Demonstration Room.
“All these projects and other will be accomplished before I end my tenure on May 31, 2020 as Rector of this polytechnic,” he added.
Underscoring the importance of technology in the development of a country, the Rector, therefore, called on the government at all levels to vote more funds into polytechnic education as it requires a lot of funding.
“Technology is currently the answer to everything. Everything we do now is through technology and if we want to advance as a nation, we must embrace technology. We must catch the students young, even in agriculture. Technology and it is non-negotiable. More so this is a polytechnic. The major or baseline of what we do here is science and technology,” he noted.
He, therefore, advised the students to take their studies seriously, saying they should tap into the computer education and agricultural programmes of the polytechnic, which were designed to add local content to the curriculum.
He said: “The students should embrace these, especially our entrepreneurship centre for them acquire different skills so that after their graduation they must not be looking for job, but to be job creators. That is the in thing today and the government at all levels is supporting this skills acquisition programmes towards equipping the students with modern skills in order to reduce unemployment, stress, poverty, reduce insecurity and that is the only way to go.”