Management of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, Ogun State, has disclosed that it had concluded plans to upgrade the school to a degree-awarding institution.
Rector of the school, Professor Oladele Itiola, made the disclosure in his office while hosting representatives of the 1990/1991 set of Mass Communication graduates of the institution who donated communication textbooks worth over N1 million to the Mass Communication department.
The donation is part of the set’s contributions to assisting the institution in its re-accreditation crusade.
The 74 units of textbooks, authored by foreign scholars, consisted of 37 different titles from the varying fields of communication and technology and were received by the Head of the Mass Communication Department of the institution, Amos Kola, in Abeokuta.
Flanked by the institution’s Bursar, Oluyinka Ogunsola, Director of the School of Communication and Technology, Dr. Goke Rauf, Head of Department (Communication), Amos Kola, as well as the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Sulaiman Adebiyi, the rector assured that the management would soon get the “Approval in Principle” of the National University Commission (NUC) to commence degree programmes in some courses.
He also gave the assurance that the institution was prepared to receive officials of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for the re-accreditation of Mass Communication in the institution.
Itiola explained that MAPOLY’s Visitor, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who himself is an alumnus of the institution had charged the management of the school to go all out and achieve the objective, no matter what it would cost it.
The Rector further disclosed that the much sought-after MAPOLY Campus Radio would soon make its debut into the Nigeria radio airwaves, stressing that all arrangement for such was already on the final stage.
Earlier in his remarks, leader of the 1990/1991 set, Pastor Ezekiel Obasanya, told the Rector and management of the institution that his set was around to water the seed planted by his set in the year 1990 when it established the Mass Communication library and ensure that it grew satisfactorily.
Obasanya, who had in his team, a senior staff of the School in the Students Affairs, Yemi Ajibola and Special Assistant to Governor Amosun on Media and Strategy, Sola Balogun among others, noted that MAPOLY had produced foremost journalists in the Nigerian media practice.
The delegation, however, lamented that the MAPOLY Campus Radio was yet to hit the airwaves but assured that the set would not hesitate to “partner, network, as well as collaborate with the management of the institution in its efforts towards taking the institution to an enviable height among higher institutions in the country.”
In his own remarks, the HOD, commended members of the 1990/1991 set for deeming it appropriate to plough back into the institution that gave them the desired life saving meal ticket which they are all enjoying with their families till date.
The HOD, who described the book presentations as his own “personal birthday gift” since such was coming in less than 72 hours to his golden birthday anniversary, further acknowledged that the 1990/1991 set had the best of training any institution in Nigeria would bequeath on his alumnus not-withstanding that he was a product of University of Lagos.
He, however, pledged that the department would jealously make use of the textbooks to the point that 10 years to come, the alumnus would be proud to do more for the department