The Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji (FEDPOLEL) was established in 2014 by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan administration to among other things bridge the unmet demand of secondary school leavers for Tertiary education in the Country.
Just like every organization, laying solid foundation is critical towards building a sustainable and great institution often starts with getting good hands and heads to map out development strategy.
Hence, the appointment of Prof Emmanuel Adedayo Fasakin as the pioneer rector was applauded by relevant stakeholders owing to his track record, excellent performance and steady progress attained in academic by rising through the ranks, from being the Dean, Student affairs, to the Deputy Vice Chancellor at Federal University of Technology, Akure, where he was briefly the Acting Vice-Chancellor all before his appointment in 2015.
The Rector in conjunction with other principal officers of the newly established school worked tirelessly to ensure smooth takeoff Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji in April 2015 and secured National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) accreditation for five courses at National Diploma level to formally commence academic activities, later added seven courses in 2019.
Accredited programmes at the school include; Accountancy, Architecture and Architecture Technology, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cooperative Economics and Agricultural Technology. Others are Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Science Laboratory Technology, Business Administration and Management, Fisheries Technology and Statistics.
Although, the polytechnic experienced teething challenges due to delay in release of the take-off grant. But all these challenges didn’t hamper on smooth running of academic activities in the school.
At last, the release of One billion naira takeoff grant by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in March 2018 and adequate funding of capital budget has turned the budding citadel of learning situated on 152 hectares of land to a massive construction site.
As of today, construction of Twin 500-seater auditoria, Administrative Building, School of Engineering, 500 seater ICT Complex (including computers and other facilities), Engineering Workshop and Security Fence and Gate House have been completed.
While the Construction of School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, 250-seater School of Business and Management Studies Auditorium, Industrial and Applied Sciences building, multipurpose Auditorium and 2-storey Main Library Building are currently at various advance stages of completion.
Besides, the infrastructures in the institution are world class standard that beats some universities within the catchment area and beyond. This according to Prof Fasakin, is a deliberate effort to build solid structures that would stand the test of time.
”We are not just constructing, but we are deliberately building quality infrastructures to meet world standard like the foreign schools we are partnering for linkage abd exchange programmes”. He explained.
Consequently, the Polytechnic has been receiving steady support for TETFund because their compliance with laid down guidelines of Public Procurement Act as well as the agency principles for project implementation, especially with management utilization of the Special Takeoff grant.
To this end, the school accessed 2017 Zonal Intervention Fund, 2017 High Impact Intervention Fund and Normal Interventions from 2016 to 2019 without missing a year.
It’s worthy of note that the representatives from TETFund, Budget Office, National Assembly, Auditors and other concerned agencies have in various occasions inspected projects at the Polytechnic and expressed satisfaction with the judicious utilization of funds and operation of effective accounting system by the management.
Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji has become a reference point for tertiary institutions in Southwest zone on infrastructural development and prudent management of resources.
As a result of accelerated infrastructural development in Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji, the over 1000 students across the 12 departments are now learning in a conducive, serene and spacious environment. The lecture halls are equipped with necessary facilities to enhance teaching and learning.
Furthermore, the management also prioritized content development by exposing staff to capacity building. Recently, some of its top academic attended train-the trainer programme which focuses on 21st century teaching skills. While 10 Staff have been trained by CISCO representatives from United States and they are now certified Oracle instructors.
The Polytechnic has also been accredited by Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and secured Oracles Academy approval to run their modules in the institution, which is novel in the Country.
Apart from that, Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji management under Prof Fasakin has been able to impact their host community positively by training farmers mechanized farming and vocational skills acquisition for others spanning into six months.
No wonder, the Jegun of Ile-Oluji, Julius Oluwole Olufaderin Adetimehin showers accolades on the rector for navigating affairs of the Polytechnic in best interest of all! Oba Adetimehin hinted that the people are seeing physical development, the school population is increasing annually and Ile-Oluji indigenes/residents are benefiting directly or indirectly from the Polytechnic.
Interestingly, the outstanding performance of Prof Emmanuel Adedayo Fasakin earned him reappointment in March 2019 for fresh tenure that will lapse 2023 inline with amended Polytechnic Act. It’s succinct to the truism that hardwork pays, as Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, Governing Council and other stakeholders unanimously agree that the rector should continue his good works.
Though not yet Uhuru at Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji but the ongoing pace of development both in academic activities and physical infrastructure shows the institution is already fulfilling mandate of its establishment, particularly in advancing technological development in the country and is therefore an institution to watch out for.