Students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun state as well as the people of Ilaro community have declared their readiness to celebrate the institution’s 40th anniversary in a grand style.
In a separate interview with some of the students, Inklinetimes gathered that, most of the HND 2 students who just finished their second semester examination were full of praises for the Polytechnic and are ready to storm the founder’s day ceremony alongside the convocation ceremony in October this year.
According to some of the students, ” since I got admitted to FPI, there was never a time for strike action or any delay whatsoever “. The students further emphasised the stability of the school calendar which they described as ” unequalled” in Nigeria.
Another set of students also declared that the school is run like a private institution, whereby discipline and security are well established. To them, “once you are admitted to FPI, you know when you are graduating”.
On their own part, some of the residents of Ilaro explained their readiness to celebrate the school at 40. According to them, FPI is the face of Ilaro and as such, the school must be celebrated even beyond borders.
A landlord in Orita area of Ilaro(Name withheld) disclosed that FPI has been his source of living for the past 20 years. According to him, ” since I retired from public service 20 years ago, FPI students have been my worthy tenants that put food on my table yearly and without any stress”.
Some of these residents however appreciated the Rector of the Institution, Arc(Dr) Olusegun Aluko for a job well done. They however called on the rector to allow the community to be part of the 40th anniversary celebration by bringing some of the programmes to the community.
The Rector who was described as a God sent by various stakeholders within Ilaro township have been able to bring succour to the faces of market women as well as property owners within the town by increasing the number of courses in the Polytechnic, thereby paving way for more students to come in without any crisis.
The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro was established in 1979 as facilitated by Gen Olusegun Obasanjo(rtd), the former Head of State of Nigeria. Since then, the institution has continue to grow from strength to strength and becoming the most sought after Polytechnic in Nigeria.
The 40th anniversary celebration is a bumper package that also includes the convocation ceremony of 2918/19 set.