The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has made a case for the
upgrade of the Federal Polytechnic to a university status to
contribute more to the nation’s manpower development and academic
The Governor who spoke on Thursday when he received members of the
Presidential Visitation Panel to the polytechnic in his office said
the institution has the human, material and intellectual resources to
become a university.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the Governor
pledged to give the Visitation Panel the full support needed to
succeed in its assignment and reposition the polytechnic to fulfill
the dream of its founding fathers.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the
Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the Visitation Panel members were
led on the visit by the Chairman, Chief John Ochoga and were joined by
the Polytechnic management led by the Rector, Dr. Dayo Oladebeye.
Congratulating members of the Panel on their appointment to serve
their fatherland, the Governor said it was a privilege to be found
worthy for such an assignment by the President of the Republic in
furtherance of his desire for a responsive and result-oriented
Dr. Fayemi used the opportunity to commend the Rector and members of
his management team for their diligence in taking the Polytechnic to
greater heights saying the state government sees the institution as a
partner in the drive to entrench a knowledge-based economy.
The Governor who explained that Ekiti State is renowned globally for
producing world renowned academics and intellectual giants who are
doing fine in their various fields stressed that his administration
would always ensure an environment conducive for knowledge.
Alluding to the recent elevation of Yaba College of Technology to a
university, the Governor said the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti
should be accorded the same status because of various academic feats
and innovations recorded by its academic staff and students which have
added value to technology.
He said: “I want you to use your good office to recommend the
elevation of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti to a Federal
University of Engineering or Technology because if YABATECH can be
recommended to a university, our polytechnic here should also enjoy
“Please we want this to be in your recommendation that the polytechnic
should be elevated to the status of a university to expand the scope
of knowledge and research.”
Speaking earlier, the Visitation Panel Chairman, Chief Ochoga, said
the President constituted the body to carry out a ten-year review of
activities in the Polytechnic to strengthen the system and ensure that
it carries out the purpose for which it was established
The panel boss explained that although the Polytechnic belongs to the
Federal Government but it is domiciled in Ekiti hence the need to
carry the State Government along in fulfilling its mandate.
He said: “When somebody has a car, he must ensure that the car is
maintained by servicing it and changing the engine oil periodically to
make it work better and our assignment is to ensure that we make the
system work better.
“What Mr. President said was that we must interrogate the system
because when the system is working, there will be no problem. We are
not here to put them on trial but everybody will h