Despite attaining the diamond age of sixty today, the rector of the Federal Polytechnic,, Ilaro celebrated his birthday without any funfare or exposure to the public.
Inklinetimes however gathered that staff and well wishers who trooped in to celebrate with the rector got the shocker of their lives when they were that told he was already at the academic board meeting and not ready to welcome anyone in compliance with the stay at home directives of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Meanwhile, the news platform of the institution was flooded with series of congratulatory messages by members of staff who described Arc Aluko in various ways of life. One of the messages (from the Director of ICT, Dr Jumoke Soyemi) reads ‘ Happy birthday to a goal getter, a pace setter and an energetic boss…”
In the same vein, Mr Gbolahan Dawodu wrote on the platform saying, “Happy birthday to the good man of all times. Many more years of His abiding grace I pray”.
In his words of eulogy, the Dean, School of Management Studies, Dr. Mikhail Akinde described the rector as ” an academic titan”.
His words, “Eureka, kudos to this Academic Titan, an enigma, a lion in the desert. Today is his 60 years, Sexagennial and diamond jubilee age: folks in the best academic community; I join you to say hearty Congratulations. May Almighty God continue to protect, guide and take you to next level of greatness, Ameen”. He concluded.
In his own congratulatory message the former Deputy Rector of the institution, Engt Oshore, referred to the rector as an indefatigable, dynamic, proactive and result oriented leader, wishing him long life and prosperity.
Other big wigs who have sent messages of congratulations to Dr Olusegun include the institution’s Chairman of unions as well as at other members of both academic and non-academic.
It would be recalled that the Polytechnic Public Relations Officer stirred the hornet’s web when he parted the picture of the rector announcing his birthday.
This was immediately followed by prayers and congratulatory messages from the principal officers such as the Registrar, Mrs Adebisi Osore, the Bursar, Pastor Bode Ajibode and Chief Lawrence Adebisi, the Poly Librarian. Others include the immediate past Deputy Rector, Dr. Wale Ajayi, Dean, School of Part Time Studies, Mr. Biodun Oluseye.
In her special message to the rector, the Dean, School of Communication and Information Technology, Dr C.B.Iro-Idoro congratulated the rector on attaining the big “sixty”. While praying also for more glorious years ahead. She was quick to acknowledge that the rector is a gender friendly ma.
As at the time if writing this, more messages are still coming in to celebrate the man that is known to be highly cerebral and large at heart.
All efforts to speak with the rector to react to the flowing congratulatory messages since morning proved abortive as his line was not reachable. This no doubt is another way of practicing what you preach. This is wishing Arc. Olusegun Aluko PhD and I his family many more fruitful years on earth.