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Fedpoly Ilaro @40: The Journey So Far



Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - Welcome to Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Nigeria, the seat of knowledge in the Yewa zone of the gateway state. Established on November 15, 1979 by General Olusegun Obasanjo, the then Military Head of State of Nigeria. 

The current Chairman, Governing Council is Professor Abubakar Sadauki and the Rector, Arc. Olusegun Aluko. The Polytechnic's vision is to be market leader in the provision of technically skilled manpower for Nigeria and the global competitive economy. 

Sitting on the approximately 898.116  hectares of land. The master plan of the Polytechnic depicts two distinct campuses for the institution i.e. East and West campuses.  The East campus has infrastructure in the form of staff quarters, student hostels, sports facilities, the main library, Directorate of Student Affairs, Medical Centre, Polyconsult and Industrial Services, Post Office, Works and Services Department, Petrol Station, Staff Schools (Nursery, Primary and Secondary), Student Computer Centre, School of Applied Science and School of Management Studies. The West Campus too has the Schools of Engineering and Environmental Studies, the Main Administrative Building and Annexes, Record and Data Control Unit, Information and Communication Technology [ICT] Centre, Physical and Academic Planning Unit, Central Examinations Building, Library Annex, Public Toilets, Staff Quarters, Guest House and a dam and waterworks.
The Rector, Arc. Olusegun Olarenwaju Aluko
Both Campuses are linked internally with motorable tarred roads provided with street lights and walkways for pedestrians.  Buildings are connected by pedestrian walkways and well-grassed lawns with beautiful landscaping.  Parking lots are provided in strategic areas within the Campuses. The area currently occupied physically by the Polytechnic is a small proportion of the entire land area it has; thus there is room for expansion.
The ICT Centre
There are as well six schools and 17 departments, and 34 programmes with Entrepreneurship Development Centre where about 15 skills are available and mandatory for students training.

FPI is a green campus and has one of the largest park and reservation of any Nigerian Polytechnic. The green system consistsvof a 5,000 hectares of protected botanical gardens, a lush sit-out and outdoor relaxation spot. 
Fully-equiped Mass Communication TV studio
The polytechnic academic staff population include 35 Ph.D holders in various disciplines, which are part of its almost 2,000 strong academic staff population. 

From a modest population of 108 students in 1979, the students population has increased to over 10,000 in 2019. The school has one of the largest agricultural garden consisting of fish pond, palm oil processing unit, livestock mill processing unit, cattle ranch, banana and palmoil plantations, among others.

The most celebrated agricultural output of the institution include; the genetically improved Shika brown chickens, fortified crop varieties of maize, millet, and catfish.

Amongst the Polytechnic's high ranking departments is the School of Mechanical Engineering, Art and Design, Tourism Village and Entrepreneurship Developmental Centre. 

Academics and social life of the polytechnic is supported by central lecture and science laboratories. Microbiology laboratories and computer-based centres. Others are Mass Communication studio, Agric. Engineering, Transportation Planning, Music Technology, a dedicated 33kva power sub station, a community bank, over 20-room staff hotel, staff school, an FM radio station.
The welding department
From inception, FPI prides itself as the most cosmopolitan in Nigeria. It is on record that, every state is represented among the staff and students population. The total size of the Alumni has reached almost 250,000 many of whom have excelled to the highest level of their careers.

The polytechnic has produced senators and several state and federal lawmakers. 

The sporting culture is top class with the availability of the largest sporting infrastructure of any polytechnic in Nigeria which include, a fitness gymnasium, multi-purpose indoor halls.

To meet its future development plans, the polytechnic is embarking on the development on the Phase II site of the campus, covering some 1,000 hectares of the land. This is in line with the strategic vision of the polytechnic to deliver on the mission and vision. 

Upon assumption of office as the fifth Rector of the polytechnic, Arc. (Dr.) Olusegun Olarenwaju Aluko has turned around the fortune of the 40years old institution. 

On yearly basis, the Rector ensured salaries and allowances of the staff are paid promptly as part of welfare of staff. It is on record that, various motivational and welfare programmes are provided for staff which include; the annual Xmas gifts, recognition and reward for hard work especially for the low cadre. 
Weaving of the local fabric by the Entrepreneurship Centre
The Polytechnic, within its 40years of existence had been adjudged the best Polytechnic in Nigeria on five Occasional periods. Between 2014 and 2019, institution had won both individual and institutional awards too numerous to mention. The polytechnic has rated the most sought-after Polytechnic in Nigeria for about four consecutives academic sessions, the NBTE presently rated her as the 2nd best Polytechnic in the country. As if that was not enough, the Association of Polytechnics in Africa,  and that of West Africa rated her as the best in Africa and West Africa respectively.

The Rector alone, had been rated as the best performing Rector in Nigeria on many occasions and by various organizations and bodies. 

Another milestone achievement of this present leadership of the institution under the headship of Arc. Aluko is the state-of-the-arts Entrepreneurship Development Centre of the Polytechnic. In fact, a visit to the facility of the Entrepreneurship Centre attests to the fact that, the Polytechnic is indeed providing opportunities of qualitative technical education in a serene and conducive learning environment to all eligible Nigerians who would drive the national industrial economy.

The Centre alone is a small craftsman village where about 17 skills are available and mandatory for students training. The skills acquisition programmes include;  Barbing, Cake Baking, phone and computer repairing, carpentry, Artwork, shoe and bag making, cosmetology, soap making, fashion designing, Weaving making, Adire /Kampala making, workshop suit, interior decoration among others. 
Fashion designing department of the Entrepreneurship Centre
In fact, the Polytechnic's Rector mandated all sections of the campus to patronize the centre for all their utensils and daily chores.

Speaking on the inventions and fabrication of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, the Rector noted that, the drive behind the centre was to ensure that graduates of the polytechnic become self-employed after attaining academic credentials. 

He explained that, the polytechnic is building human capacity to meet the Federal Government's 2025 target of eradicating unemployment among Nigerian youths through diversification of the economy to Agriculture.

Highlighting on the programmes line up for 40th anniversary of the institution, Arc. Aluko pointed out that, the inauguration of the Alumni association Abuja chapter was inaugurated on August 17, 2019.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to the host community, the polytechnic will organize health talk and free medical treatment for women suffering with cervical cancer and prostrate cancer for men between September 16 and 20, 2019 on the campus.
The fish pond
In October, the Polytechnic will organize fundraising dinner with its Alumni in Lagos for the completion of the abandoned Sports Complex constructed since 1983, while the local manufacturing equipments invented by the polytechnic is awaiting patenting by the National Patent Development Services.

The Rector further added that, a football match between NIPOGA football team of institution and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Ogun State chapter would be played on October 12, 2019 with a Jumat and church Thanksgiving on 11th and 13th of October respectively.

The climax of the anniversary celebration is the conferment of Awards on Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and past Rectors of the polytechnic on 16th of October, 2019 bring an end to the much celebrated 40th anniversary of the polytechnic.

In light of the desire and aspiration to further improve on its competences and to sustain the polytechnic's legacies of excellence, I welcome you once again to the seat of knowledge and excellence.

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