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THE FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC OFFA
P.M.B. 420 OFFA
May 25, 2015
A group of eight students from Schools of Applied Sciences and Technology; Communication and Information Technology and Engineering Technology in the Polytechnic, have developed a website to serve as a veritable source of information on past and current events as regards politics; sports; security; fashion; education; entertainment; nutrition; information technology and history.
It is on record that students of the Polytechnic have always distinguished themselves in entrepreneurial, innovative and self-employment activities through which the Polytechnic has gained recognition as an institution of many firsts.
In a chat with FEDPOFFA Bulletin, the students, led by the Deputy Director of the Polytechnic Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Engr. Obaje, revealed that they were propelled into taking such actions, having observed inadequate supply of needed information and low knowledge of the people especially the students, on issues bothering on their immediate environments.
Although, one of the main reasons for setting up the website, according to the group, was to provide timely and important information to students of the Polytechnic but such efforts, the group said, would not be limited to the Federal Polytechnic Offa alone as it would spread its coverage to other tertiary institutions across the country.
Aside the aforementioned segments provided for on the website, the group said it would also add search job segment in order to provide detailed information on job vacancies for applicants.
The group is comprised is Aluko Temitope (Computer Technology); Gbolahan Benjamin (Computer Technology); Ejiro Excellent (Computer Technology); Aileru Sherifdeen (Office Technology Management) and Oke Benjamin (Mass Communication). Others are Adereyo Oke (Mass Communication); Adesope Ridwan (Computer Technology) and Idemudia Jude (Food Technology).
The group said that as it aimed to be number one news site in Nigeria, it was ready to incorporate more students willing to contribute to the success of the project.
MEMBERS of NASU Federal Polytechnic, Offa chapter, have been commended for the maturity displayed during an electoral process to usher in new executives to steer the ship of the Union for the next two years.
Making this statement was the National General Secretary of the Union, who was represented by Comrade Lawrence Okebiorun, to conduct the election.
It would be recalled that members held a bye-election in 2013 to put in a caretaker committee to serve out the remainder of the tenure of the last Exco.
The elected officers are Mr. Alli Emanuel (Chairman); Mr. Tope Ojo Joseph (Gen. Secretary) and Mrs. Ocheme Cecilia (Treasurer) while elected ex-officio are Fagbemiro Julius; Bello Akeem; Sheu Olarenwaju; Adesigbin Monsuru and JimbaAkabo.
In a chat with FEDPOFFA Bulletin, Okebiorunexpressed satisfaction with the large turnout of members at the congress. He described the outcome of the election as a reflection of acceptability of the candidates by the members.
Okebiorun advised the newly elected officers not to rest on their oars and reach out to their opponents in the bid to build a formidable Union. He also urged them to sustain the mutual understanding between the Union and the Polytechnic Management.
Other officers at the election were Comrade AderegunAdedamola (National H/Qtrs); Com. BukoyeAbioye (Kwara State Chairman); Com. Sina Owoeye (Kwara State Secretary) and Com. Rapheal Oloyede (Member F and G).
RECTOR of the Polytechnic, Dr. Mufutau Olatinwo, has been elected as Chairman of the Committee of Federal Rectors (COFER) while Rector of Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, Dr. (Mrs.) Philipa Omamhe Idogho, was elected to serve as his deputy.
The election, which took place recently, was a unanimous decision of all members of the Committee.
Their reign in the office would run till expiration of their tenure in office as heads of their various institutions.
Meanwhile, more awards of recognition for service to education sector and Nigerian society came the way of Dr. Olatiwo recently. In Minna, Niger State, the Rector bagged the fellowship/entrepreneurship award of the Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICENT). He was earlier made a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute.
In his remarks at the Fellowship Award presentation which took place at Gidan Matasa, Bosso Area, Minna, the Registrar of the Institute emphasized the need for institutions and governments to continue to encourage entrepreneurship development in the interest of rapid national transformation. He disclosed that his institute has developed lots of materials that could be useful in training young entrepreneurs, students and others.
On the awardees, the Institute’s Registrar disclosed that they were found worthy based on their track records as champions of quality education and developers of entrepreneurial spirits among the youths.
Also, the Eyes of Offa in conjunction with the 1st Offa Annual Merit and Achievers’ Award recognized Dr. Olatinwo as a great Offa son who has impacted the community positively and especially in the educational development of the town. The organizers noted that the Management of the Federal Polytechnic Offa, under the leadership of the Rector has moved the Polytechnic higher towards the zenith of excellence with the major achievements of Dr. Olatinwo, out of many, identified as the massive infrastructural development in the Polytechnic in both the mini and main Campuses of the institution.
It also noted that among the achievements of his administration in the Polytechnic, the enthronement and sustenance of peace stands out. “All these and many more probably informed the best Rector in Nigeria for the year 2012 bestowed on him by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) recently. It was also noted at the award presentation ceremony that the direct result of Dr. Olatiwo’s approach to Management of the Polytechnic is the sustained peace, increased productivity of staff, improved quality of teaching, research and learning as well as the increased determination of staff and students to excel both academically and professionally.
Organizers observed that the research efforts in the Polytechnic are currently gaining national and international recognition. “Presently, the International Centre for Sweet Potato Utilization based in Kenya representing Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is collaborating with the Polytechnic in sweet potato utilization for poverty alleviation in Africa.
“The Polytechnic, under his leadership is presently collaborating with national and international development agencies, organizations, embassies and academic institutions on academic research, sponsorships, scholarship for staff and related matters.
Some of the dignitaries also slated for the Offa award were the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed, His Royal Majesty, Oba Mufutau Muhammed Gbdamosi, the former Minister of Internal Affairs and Ex Special Adviser to President on NEPAD, Ambassador Tunji Olagunju, Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Anajim Usman Yasin and Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mrs. Sarah Alade.
Notable posthumous awardees included the late Olofa of Ofa Oba Mustapha Olawoore Olanipekun Ariwajoye (II) and late Alhaji Tiamiyu Olatinwo.