The management of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta (Mapoly) and other stakeholders’ groups in the institution have lined up many activities to celebrate the retirement of former Rector of the polytechnic, Alhaji Waheed Kadiri.
Kadiri, credited with landmark achievements as academic staff and later Rector of the polytechnic, is retiring from the services of the polytechnic on Friday, February 19, 2016 after more than three decades of well-applauded services to the institution.
The three-day retirement programme will start with the annual Waheed Kadiri lecture on Thursday, February 18. Professor Adamu Ahmed of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Ahmadu Bello University will deliver a lecture on ‘Urbanisation, Physical Planning and Economic Growth: Leveraging The Value Chain as a Strategy for National Development’.
Immediate past president, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and Principal Partner, CitySolutions Associates Limited, Owerri, Imo State, Tpl Steve Onu will be the special guest of honour.
The Thursday’s lecture, billed to take place at Rabiatu Ibironke Babalakin Auditorium by 10 am, will be hosted by the Rector, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Professor Oludele Itiola.
On Friday, the Muslim community at Mapoly will host the retiring former Rector at a special session, which will be rounded off with the Friday congregational prayer by noon.
A two-part prayer session and grand celebration of the retirement is scheduled for Saturday at Kadiri’s Ota home.
Managing Partner, FAAD Associates, Tpl. Abdul Fatah Ayoola, who graduated from Mapoly, said Kadiri has written his name in gold in the minds of his students and associates.
Immediate past president, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta Muslim Alumni, Alhaji Lukman Junayd, said Kadiri has remained a mentor and source of inspiration to people within and outside Mapoly.