The Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Alumni Association has submitted a memorandum supporting the upgrade of the Polytechnic to a degree awarding university, to Professor Awonusi Panel on Review of the Establishments of Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta, MAUSTECH, and Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.
The stand of the Alumni Association was contained in a Memorandum submitted to the Panel in Abeokuta during the week and made available to the Newsflagship Online Newspaper.
The Memorandum, which was signed by Architect Ven. (Dr.) S. K. Popoola for the National President and Mr Agboola for the National Secretary, recalled that the Association had submitted a similar Memorandum to the Administration of Governor Otunba Gbega Daniel, in which a well researched and detailed modus oprerandi for the upgrading of the institution to a degree awarding university, were stated.
The MAPOLY Alumni Association pleaded with the new Administration of Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun and the Awonusi Panel, to allow Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, be their much expected upgrade by retaining all approved and accredited courses for the MAUSTECH.
The Association also proposed a 5 – year transition period for the institution, to allow all current diploma students of the Polytechnic to finish their programmes without any hitch, adding that this would enable the management to put all necessary structures in place to achieve a final transition.
On staffing, it advised that the relevant portion of law, upgrading the Polytechnic to University, should be followed and implemented as provided.
According to the group, Lines 617 – 642 of the Law says:
“The council and the academic board established by the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic law and existing immediately before the appointed day shall continue to be in existence and perform their duties under the law establishing.”
On the setting up of the new Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia, the Association argued that, the upgrade of MAPOLY to MAUSTECH had nothing to do with the subject and should therefore be treated independently without any bearing whatsoever on the upgrade of MAPOLY to MAUSTECH in policy, content and staffing.
The Alumni said it was its considered opinion that the university would generate more revenue than the Polytechnic as it would have access to both internal and external support funding through grants and aids, in addition to the fact that more students would be eager to obtain degrees in line with the current trend in the nation.
In a separate statement both Ven. (Dr.) S. K. Popoola and Mr. Goke Ishola, had informed the Professor Awonusi’ Panel of its readiness to appear before it whenever public hearing begins.