The Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State, has expelled two students for getting involved in cultism.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Prof Emmanuel Fasakin, disclosed this on Monday, while speaking with journalists on the maiden convocation of the institution.
Fasakin said that no fewer than 292 students of the school completed the National Diploma programme for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic sessions.
He said, “Since this institution aims to become the best polytechnic in Nigeria, we shall not tolerate any acts of indiscipline. Any student caught in any act of indiscipline will be severely dealt with. Two of our students were recently expelled for being involved in cultism.”
The rector also noted that there was a need for the country to embrace and develop polytechnic education.
Arguing that technical schools and polytechnics were established to provide the skilled manpower necessary for the country to develop technologically, he added, “It is improper not to promote technical schools in this country. In some developed countries, technical schools produce artisans and their products move to polytechnics, even earning bigger salaries than university graduates.”
He said the institution had made achievements in the areas of academic and infrastructural development, and all its academic programmes had been approved by the National Board of Technical Education.
The rector said the polytechnic would introduce the Higher National Diploma in all its programmes as soon as possible, while stressing that funding posed a serious challenge to its management.
“Right from the day the polytechnic was established, funding has continued to be the greatest challenge impeding its development. We keep exploring the best ways of ensuring Internally Generated Revenue.
“Although the polytechnic now runs a two-year programme for National Diploma, it has no single hostel for students. The school also needs a befitting sports complex for recreational activities among the students. All this require more funding. We need funds urgently,” Fasakin said.