Azeez Olasupo
The long awaited Community radio for Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta and the Ojere community will hit the airwaves soon.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Samson Odedina disclosed this on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the redevelopment plans for the institution.

Odedina noted that, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has granted licensing approval for take-off of the radio with the frequency 99.7fm.

According to him, the management has set up committee to come up with modalities at ensuring smooth take off of the radio within four weeks.

“That’s imminent, and I can tell you that, we have a license and the equipment are already secured and we have a committe that has been given 4weeks come up with modalities for bringing MAPOLY radio on air.”

He therefore said plans are underway by the management to offer agricultural science beginning from the 2019/2020 academic session.

Odedina explained that, as part of the new Polytechnic Act, the institution is at liberty to graduate high-level manpower, as the polytechnic is at the verge of becoming a degree awarding institution.

He said in due time, the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) would visit the polytechnic to inspect the facilities for the agriculture engineering programme.

“We’re sitting on more than 9,000 hectares of land and as at present, we’re not running any agricultural program. We are keying into government policies of agro-based job opportunities. I can tell you that in the next 6months, we’ll be inviting NBTE to inspect our facilities for agricultural technology and fisheries, that’s where we’re starting from and then we move to agriculture engineering. It’s a sure way to go for us.

“And if you look at the new polytechnic Act, Polytechnics are not meant to graduate middlemen manpower again, we’re now at the liberty to be at per with the University to graduate high level manpower and I can tell you, MAPOLY we’re at the verge of becoming a degree awarding institution.”

According to him, MAPOLY is a reference point in the entrepreneurial, scientific and technological industry, adding that the institution’s graduates have over the years proven to be job creators, role models and not job seekers.

“As fresh students, let me urge you to mind who you associate with, refuse any unsolicited assistance from any quarter; run away from anything that is capable of dragging the name of the institution and your families to the mud, instead, invest your energy in positive and productive works that will write your name in gold.

”Let me remind you that your primary aim on this campus is to obtain certificate which will help you achieve your dreams.”

”It is pertinent you know that the Management of the Polytechnic will not be disposed to some anti-social behaviours, examination misconducts, indecent dressing, secret associations which you have sworn against today,” Odedina said.

He also appreciated Governor Dapo Abiodun for his support and for restoring peace and full academic activities to the polytechnic.

Meanwhile, about 2500 fresh students admitted into full-time and part-time, National Diploma and HND programmes of the institution were matriculated.

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