From Francis Akinnodi, Ondo
The Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji (FEDPOLEL) is collaborating with three foreign institutions to boost academic excellence of students in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.
Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Emmanuel Adedayo Fasakin, who disclosed this to The Hope in his office in Ile-Oluji said the move is to enlarge the scope of the polytechnic both locally and internationally.
“We have entered into collaboration with Auburn University in Alabama, USA and they will assist the Polytechnic tremendously in Agriculture. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Tallahassee, USA; they are ready to assist in terms of Agricultural Technology and Engineering.
“We have also signed an MoU with the University of Baton Rouge in Louisiana, USA, they are going to assist us supply e-library, e-learning and other modern equipment to improve the learning base of the students. Locally, we have a collaboration with Soteria Global Solutions Limited owned by an indigene of Ile-Oluji on BOT- Build, Operate and Transfer.
“The organization is building a 604-room capacity hostel for both male and female students of the Polytechnic, a shopping mall and fuel depot. We have notified the government and the process is ongoing. So all these when completed will develop the scope of the school as well as the students and most especially the community”, he said.
The Rector said that the MOU signed between the Polytechnic and these institutions will produce innovative and creative graduates for technological advancement.
“The MOU between these great universities and our school is to create different kinds of hubs for young start-ups to develop their skills in different areas,” he said.
Fasakin said that Nigeria needed to embrace agricultural technology as a means of solving its economic problems.
“We have abundant talents here in the country and we have comparative advantage in agriculture in Ile-Oluji, so we are going to be a pointer to develop our community and the country.
“The MOU will bridge gap by ensuring that we discover these talents and nurture them,” he said.
He also disclosed that the polytechnic have been enlisted for another seven courses for accreditation; including Civil Engineering, Architectural Technology, Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Business Administration Management, Agricultural Technology, Fishery Technology and Agricultural Cooperative and Economics.
He reiterated his commitment to continue to provide quality service and ensure that students and staff get the best to improve their knowledge.
“I urge every staff of the Polytechnic to be more proactive and focused. We are committed to developing individuals in various technical and managerial life skills through qualitative training and relevant educational programmes to meet the needs of the nation”.