Michael Babatunde

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has made moves to forestall normalcy to the embattled Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, after attempts to metamorphose it into two Institutions by the former governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

As part of his moves, the governor announced that the institution be reinstated while constituting a panel to look into the establishment of Moshood Abiola University of Science, MAUSTECH and Ogun state Polytechnic, Ipokia.

Recall that the former governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun began moves to upgrade MAPOLY into degree awarding institution in 2017 as well as establishing a new polytechnic in Ipokia.

These moves got a push in 2018 with an alleged accreditation by Nigerian University Commission for commencement of MAUSTECH and Nigerian Board for Technical Education for the Ogun Poly, Ipokia.

MAPOLY was however marked to go into extinction in the process so as to give way to the new two institutions.

This was not welcomed by stakeholders who protested against the death of MAPOLY amidst other irregularities in the transmission process.

Various industrial actions and protest bedeviled the one time stable academic calendar of the institution, this adversely affected admissions and the entire progress of the institution.

Governor Abiodun in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Kunle Somorin, on Sunday stated that the constituted committee is to look into the operational modalities of MAUSTEC in Abeokuta and OgunPoly in Ipokia.

He said this move became a necessity to rescue MAPOLY which has been comatose since the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta and Ogun State Polytechnic. Ipokia were created.

He noted that the unresolved issues have left the fate of candidates and students of MAPOLY and their lecturers hanging and worsened by disrupted academic activities.

The governor also ordered that MAPOLY be returned to its status as it were with full academic activities restored, while the committee determines the way forward for the new institutions.

“As a responsible Government, we cannot fold our arms and allow the situation to continue.

“We cherish human capital development. This committee is therefore set up to holistically review the status, viability and sustainability of these newly established institutions” the governor said.

The review committee headed by the former Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Prof. Segun Awonusi, is expected to recommend operational modalities for these institutions after interfacing with stakeholders in the education sector.

Other members of the committee include Alhaji Waheed Kadiri, erstwhile Rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta; Prof Joseph Odemuyiwa, National President of Workplace Educators & Managers Association of Nigeria (WEMAN) and a few others.