It was time to give back to their source as the alumni association of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, early this week commissioned the newly renovated gate of the institution, unveiled a brand new alumni utility bus and flagged off the renovation of a block of hostel on the campus.
National President of the alumni association, Engineer Adeola Adesina, in his address, attributed the development to the grace of God, team work and support his administration got from stakeholders.
He said, “It’s to be noted that our achievements in this short period of time would not have been possible if not for the grace of God and the maximum cooperation of executives, chapter chairmen and their members, the rector and the management team, the BOT chairman and members.”
While appreciating his friends who contributed to the success of the projects, Adesina, who is also a Superintendent of Police, pleaded with the Governing Board of the institution, management team and various unions on the campus to cooperate with the alumni association, in order to have effective service delivery and give the students a global experience.
In his address, the Rector of the institution, Mr Gani Ogundaisi, commended the association for their support and contribution towards the growth of their alma mater, while admonishing them to continue using their connections to attract more development to the school.
In his clarion call to the ex-students, Ogundaisi stressed that no contribution could be too much or too small for the growth of the institution and admonished all the old students to be proud of the school that produced them.
He said, “You have a school that you can be very proud of. Just last year, among about 112 polytechnics in Nigeria, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, was ranked ninth. Though, we are not yet there, but we are striving to be there.”
The helmsman of the institution also thanked the Ondo State Government, led by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and member representating Owo Constituency 1 at the Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, for their continued support and contribution towards the growth of the polytechnic.
Speaking shortly before flagging off the renovation of one of the hostels, Ogunmolasuyi, who is a product of the institution, commended the alumni executives and members for the initiative.
He promised to continue to support the association towards the success of the project. He also promised to donate N200,000 towards the take-off of the project.
In an interview with The Hope, the national president attributed the project to passion for giving back to the Alma mater. He also described the relationship of the Alumni association with the management and students as highly robust, saying “We have an awesome rector and management team. I encourage them to continue doing what they have been doing. Massive development is going on in the school. The student union leaders are also doing a very good job.”
Other alumni who spoke with The Hope included the National Secretary, Mr Oluyade Ademola and Mrs. Yinka Ogunleye who both commended the relationship between the alumni and the school, and advised the students to remain worthy ambassadors of the institution.
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