Akinfolarin calls for appropriate funding for polytechnics, donates 40 million naira Building to Fed Poly, IleOluji
Hon. Mayowa Akinfolarin, a member of House of Representatives representing Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo/Odigbo Federal Constituency of Ondo State has called for more attention and funding for polytenic education in order to boost vocational skills in Nigerian youths.
Akinfolarin stated this during the inauguration of lecture building worth over N40 million to Federal Polytechnic,Ile Oluji in Ondo State donated by the lawmaker.
He said that before polytechnics could achieve their basic mandate in Nigeria, there should be more attention given to them by governments, corporate organisations and individuals.
Akinfolarin noted that the donation was a means of appreciating the people he represented in the National Assembly.
” When you are given mandate or responsibility by people, one of the ways to appreciate or reciprocate their gesture is to go back and say thank you.
“There are so many things we have been doing but I don’t need cheap publicity or be making noise on social media. We have been doing our best to say thank you,” he said.
According to him, the building and execution cost over N40 million for its execution.
He stated that there was need to create enabling environment for students of the institution and develop their potentials through support.
The federal lawmaker the polytechnic’s rector as a goal-getter, a determined and focused man who was hardworking to a fault.
Akinfolarin added that a lot of successes had been accomplished by the rector, tasking the polytechnic community to support in taking the institution to a great height.
The state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who inaugurated the building, appreciated Akinfolarin for the project, saying the gesture would go a long way in the annal of history of the school.
Akeredolu, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale, said that the current administration in the state attached a lot of importance to projects meant to uplift education.
Also speaking, Prof. Emmanuel Fasakin, the rector of the polytechnic, commended Hon. Akinfolarin for often responding to call to help the institution, describing him as an illustrious son of the constituency.
Fasakin noted that the donated building would be an indelible mark of success in the life of the school, adding that it would be used for Science and Laboratory Technology (SLT).
In his remarks, Oba Olufaderin Adetimehin, Jegun of Ile-Oluji, lauded the lawmaker for implementing such a benefitting project, saying that the donation would benefit the institution a lot especially the SLT students.
Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade, and Dr Olawumi Ilawole, Special Adviser to the state governor on Education, also attended the inauguration.