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As part of its 45th anniversary, the Federal Polytechnic in Ado Ekiti is to convocate 14,000 graduates at once. The school’s rector, Dr. Dayo Oladebeye, disclosed this on Monday, November 14 at a pre-convocation press briefing.

Set for November 19, the 18th combined convocation ceremony will comprise students from three academic sessions: 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

“It is my pleasure to announce to you that this great citadel of learning will be holding its convocation unfailingly this weekend,” Dr. Oladebeye said. “We are grateful to God for giving us this opportunity. This will be the 18th edition and, of course, three academic sessions of over 14,000 students will be involved”.

Students will be convocated in both the higher national diploma (HND) and ordinary national diploma (OND) categories in the latest edition of the ceremony since 1978. Five Nigerians, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, and the minister of works and housing, Raji Fashola, will be decorated with the fellowship award of the institution, the rector said.

Other activities lined up for the ceremony include the opening of a special exhibition, and a campus tour. Others are a project commissioning, a convocation lecture, a gala and awards night.

He solicited for assistance from the public as a paucity of funds has made it difficult to run the institution. They have also not been able to complete paying outstanding cooperative check-off dues, he added. There is also the denigration arrears owed staff.

“As an institution, we are facing numerous challenges,” he said. “Majorly, scarcity of funds is the biggest hurdle for us to mount. In view of this, I beg for the support of potential and well-meaning Nigerians to support development drives to make the institution first class in the country”.

Oladebeye pointed to some of the achievements recorded by the institution in the four years. They include the construction and commissioning of chief lecturers’ offices, and the deployment of an efficient Internet facility. Some dilapidated buildings on the campus were also reconstructed, he said.

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