Compiled by: Ifedayo Ogunyemi
The year 2016 has rounded-off, yet the year would be remembered by MAPOLY students as a year filled with so much to remember. This is owing to the notable events shook the nooks and crannies of the campus in the year under review. A student of the Institution Ifedayo Ogunyemi examines those events that took the MAPOLY environment by storm in 2016.
22nd – SUG caretaker committee appointment
This is arguably the first major event that happened in MAPOLY. Authorities of the polytechnic constituted and inaugurated a 10-man Caretaker Committee to steer the affairs of the Students’ Union Government of the institution. The committee headed by Usaefat Sodiq was saddled with the responsibility of re-modelling and re-branding of students unionism on campus among other statutory roles.
Members of the committee who are said to have been selected from different departments based on the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) accumulated in their first year on campus include; Emmanuel Olusegun, Sports Director; Rebecca Ajao, Social Director; Adebowale Oyetunde, Financial Secretary; Oluwatobi Ogbedengbe, General Secretary; Oladapo Adeyanju, Vice-Chairman; Oladapo Adebowale, Welfare Director; Olalekan Awosanya, Treasurer; Zainab Kasumu, Assistant General Secretary and Osemudiame Akihlome, Public Relations Officer.
Despite the fact that the selection and inauguration process was allegedly unbeknownst to the student populace, it affected them bearing in mind that the members of the committee are leaders over them because they do not know them at that time.
23rd – Protest against brutality of Mass Communication student
HND II Mass Communication students of the institution protested the brutality of one of their colleagues, John Ovai Eno by men of the Observation Post Corps Service (OPCS), security outfit in the institution.
The students, majority of who are final year students intentionally avoided lectures and stormed the ‘love garden’, an area in the campus to protest. The students alleged that John was beaten by several security operatives after two students tried to stop John from boarding a taxi cab at the bus-shed a day earlier.
John was said to have been accosted alongside two other students but it was gathered that John was beaten while the other students were left ‘untouched’. Unconfirmed reports are that the other two students are also either working as security operatives or are related.
The Chief Security Officer of the institution, Adekunle Odukoya told Press Club at the scene of the protest to calm the situation.
The allege brutality led to the termination of the appointment of the mastermind, ‘an overzealous’ Kola Oyetunji by the polytechnic authorities weeks later. This development, Odukoya said would serve as deterrent to other security officers in the school who ‘find pleasure’ in harassing students.
26th – Matriculation and Oath-taking ceremony
A groundbreaking event for the 37-year old polytechnic in the year under review. Friday, February 26th was the day authorities of the polytechnic matriculated about five thousand students into the institution for the 2015/16 academic session.
The students who were admitted for National and Higher National Diploma programmes were advised to steer clear of all social vices prevalent in tertiary institutions by the Polytechnic Rector, Professor Oludele Itiola.
Whilst welcoming them into the ‘MAPOLY family’, Itiola said the school is equipped with teaching aids and facilities that would ensure the students’ academic quality is improved.
Parts of his words include, “we shall not tolerate acts like indecent dressing, examination malpractices, cultism and cult related acts, fighting, stealing, thuggery and other vices. We shall not hesitate to show you the doors, if you are found culpable of these and others as indicated in your students’ handbook.”
1st – Death of Olugbenga Oladapo Adegboye
One may not be wrong to say MAPOLY started the third month of the year on a sad note following the death of one of her staff, Mr Gbenga Adegboye.
Adegboye until the time of his death was the Chairman, Non- Academic Staff Union (NASU), MAPOLY chapter. He was also an entrepreneurship facilitator for students of this ivory tower.
We hope you are resting in peace Oodua!
1st – Fuel scarcity
Just as the MAPOLY community was still in grief over the death of one of its staff popularly known as Oodua, another ‘predicament’ befell the ivory tower.
Students of MAPOLY were not exempted from the scarcity of fuel that bit hard on Nigerians cross the country. On top of the groaning was the shortage of vehicles to transport them to and from campus for the week.
Press Club reported that on Tuesday, March 1st, students of the institution thronged the Dele Oyefesobi way which leads outside the school in search of vehicles to board to their destinations.
It is a norm for students to converge on the bus-shed when about to leave the campus but it was observed that students outnumbered the buses available at the bus-shed in tens and scores. This development made the students trek along the Dele Oyefosobi way through Gbokoniyi to Iyana Olokemeji in search of cabs and shuttle buses.
Students were spotted taking on one another just to get into the available vehicles. Aside the bus-shed, students were seen at Panseke and Iyana-Oluwo in the morning scrambling to get into the available vehicles.
It was the scarcity of fuel that resulted in the hike of transport fare making it unbearable for the students. Investigation revealed that students were asked to pay more to get aboard the available vehicles. Students paid N30 as against N20 paid as fare when they are aboard the school’s Tata buses. Commercial cabs which charges N40 before now from Panseke and Oluwo to the campus now charge N50 and some N60. The campus shuttle buses charge N40 as against N30 it charges before from Oluwo and Panseke to campus. It became humorous when students began to seek assistance from private cars and trucks in order to convey them to their destinations.
6th to 11th – 14th Convocation Ceremony
This remains another massive event on the shores of MAPOLY in the year. The convocation was a day where 2015 ND and HND graduates of the polytechnic had their convocation. Backlogs of convocation for 2009-2014 National Diploma and Higher National Diploma graduating sets were also cleared by the management.
Another important thing to note during this week-long event was that the number one citizen in the state, Ibikunle Amosun who is an alumnus of this ivory tower made his first ‘triumphant entry’ into MAPOLY since he assumed office as governor of the state five years ago. On behalf of the state government, he offered employment to graduates of the polytechnic who made distinction grades. Governor Amosun also expressed support for the move of the management to make the institution degree-awarding.
24th – Etisalat Cliqfest
The desire of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic students were satisfied with stunning performances by Reminisce, Lil Kesh, Tee Blaq and other hip hop artistes during the Etisalat Cliqfest promo held at the polytechnic campus on Thursday 24th. The event which took place at the polytechnic sports ground was largely attended by students from the different departments in the school.
This was the second time the duo of Lil Kesh and Reminisce would perform on campus. The students who had come out en masse did not spare artistes who failed to perform to their expectation. It became humorous when students began to throw bottles and boos other performing artistes who did not satisfy them.
At the event, an HND 1 Accounting student, Samuel Ogundeyi with matric number 11/01/0891 won the grand prize of the festival, winning a 2015 model of Hyundai i10 with registration number Lagos EKY 522 EA. Ogundeyi was shocked to the bones when his ticket number was announced as the winner of the grand prize of the Etisalat invasion. Other students also won various prizes including Tecno smartphones, laptops and other prizes.
31st – Diamond Lecture
31st of March 2016 was made for HND 1 students of the department of Mass Communication. They organised the prestigious 2016 edition of the annual Diamond Lecture.
The Diamond Lecture, a Public Relations practical for the HND 1 students of the department saw dignitaries including Ogun State Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Tope Daramola, former Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi (DSP) as guest speakers and representative of the Commissioner of Information, Moni Falade; Representative of the Rector, Samule Babajide, the Head of Department, Kolawole Amos among others.
It was at this distinguished lecture that the Federal Government of Nigeria was urged to negatively publicise names of looters of the economy as part of its efforts to make corruption less attractive to the people. The need to use public relations principles to curb corruption and youth unemployment in the country was also stressed.
First Semester Examination
More like the judgement day, all was set for the students of the polytechnic to be tested after all of the academic activities that had taken place in the course of the semester. First and second phase of examinations was held for HND and ND students on regular and part-time programmes respectively.
30th – Resumption for the second semester
Following a two-month break, students of the institution resumed on Monday, 30th May for registration for the second semester of the 2015/16 academic session while on Monday, 6th June, lectures began for all categories of students.
22nd – MAPCED Open Day
One of those things students of the institution would not forget is the entrepreneurship programme of the polytechnic, one which is putting all concerned students to work. In line with this, MAPOLY Centre for Entrepreneurship Development Open Day was organised on June 22nd where concerned students came to showcase their products. Since inception, the Rector, Professor Oludele Itiola’s presence is always felt at the yearly programme with the 2016 edition not an exception.
It was at this year’s edition that he pledged to reform the programme with equipment such as incubator and other facilities for the centre before the 2017 edition of the annual exhibition.
22nd – 2016 Ramadan Lecture
On the same date stated above, the 2016 Ramadan Lecture and fund raising for the construction of an ultra-modern mosque on campus, was also held at the Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) hall on campus where widely-travelled Islamic cleric, Alhaji Muhydeen Ajani Bello was guest lecturer.
It was at this event that the management approved a plea for the extension of the deadline for registration for the second semester and payment of 40 per cent part-payment by six days, pushing the so much dared deadline from June 24th to Friday, June 30.
The guest speaker had pleaded on behalf of the students for the extension of the deadline during his lecture. This was coming after pleas by students of the institution at the MAPCED Exhibition held at the matriculation ground earlier in the day.
23rd – Students’ Union Congress
Students of MAPOLY were called to a congress organised by the Students’ Union Caretaker Committee.
Issues deliberated upon by the student populace include; the proposal to amend the SUG constitution, the change of name of the union from MAPOLY SUG to MAPSU, the SUG election, refunding N5,000 penalty fee to Environmental Biology students and finding urgent solutions to their case, re-opening of the Sap Route, re-opening of Kudirat Abiola SUG Chamber, urgent need to rebrand the security operation in the polytechnic, provision of tuition fee breakdown on the polytechnic portal, the use of the ‘banned’ SMS Alert fee for a project, urgent rebranding of registration process, provision of results on the students’ portals, maintenance of learning environment, making public the financial state of the union and the provision of electricity at the Kudirat Abiola market in the polytechnic.
29th – Hardvantage’s KOKOKA
More than 50 students of MAPOLY went home smiling when Citiside Fashion Outlet gave out about 50 free shoes and other cash prizes to students. The programme ‘KOKOKA’ was an initiative of Vantage Montage in collaboration with the Students’ Union and Citiside Fashion Outlet.
They also awarded the winners of the KOKOKA Spelling Bee 3 with different cheques.
The event which took place at the matriculation ground was earlier scheduled for March 22nd but was postponed after it fell with the MAPCED Exhibition.
18th – Transportation policy
Authorities of MAPOLY began the implementation of ‘no sticker, no entry’ for cars, cabs and buses used for transporting students to and from campus.
Commercial vehicles without the ‘blue and yellow stickers’ are deemed ‘illegal’ and students of the institution were warned to desist from boarding them.
PRESS CLUB observed that the directive was put into action with effect from July 18th. It was observed that vehicles including cabs, ‘taxis’ and buses without the Yellow and Blue Sticker were stopped at the polytechnic gate. Men of the Observation Post Corps Service were seen at the gate enforcing the directive. Students who have boarded vehicles were trekking to classes after their vehicles were stopped at the gate.
25th to 30th – Association Week and Departmental Elections
A week to remember for students of the institution bearing in mind that association week and days were held during Monday and Saturday. Monday and Tuesday were set aside for all departments while Wednesday to Saturday was billed for the Student’s Union. And on Thursday, July 21th, the SU Caretaker Committee led by Sodiq Usaefat organised a Leadership Conference for students of the institution at the OGD Hall on campus.
Elections were held in some departments across the five schools on campus in line with the second semester calendar of the polytechnic. However, some elections ran to the new month while some have not been held till now, particularly the Students’ Union Government election.
11th – Press Club Symposium
This can be arguably regarded as the day for campus journalists in the polytechnic. As part of their 2016 Press Week, they organised a day symposium on campus with the theme, “Developing Nigerian Through Campus Journalism”. Speakers at the symposium include, General Manager, Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), Engineer Tunde Awolana; Chairman, Editorial Board of The Nation Newspaper, Sam Omatseye who was represented by an Associate Editor of the paper, Taiwo Ogunbiyi; representative of the General Manager, Ogun State Television; Representatives of the Ogun State Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Razaq Ayinla and Head of Programmes, Sweet 107.1 FM, Olaitan Bakare.
29th – Second Semester examinations
Monday, 29th August to Saturday, 9th September, 2016 was when HND students of regular and evening programmes of the institution sat for the second semester examination. The first phase lasted for two weeks). Their ND counterparts sat for their examinations between Monday, 26th September and Saturday, 15th October, 2016. This second phase lasted for three weeks)
28th – Resumption for the new session
Academic activities resumed on campus following the directive by the authorities of the polytechnic to all students to resume for registration for the first semester of the 2016/17 academic session. Lecture however started on December 13, 2016.
28th – Inauguration of 10 tricycles for intra-campus transportation
In a bid to ease transportation within the polytechnic premises, the Rector, Professor Oludele Itiola inaugurated 10 tricycles purchased by the outgoing Students’ Union Caretaker Committee of the institution.
Prof. Itiola described the project as a “water-shed” in the history of the polytechnic. And as part of the inauguration ceremony, the Rector, DSA and the Caretaker Chairman were transported from the venue to the bus-shed in one of the tricycles.
Chairman of the committee, Sodiq Usaefat said the tricycles were procured in the best interests of the students of the institution.
29th – MAUTECH process begins officially
Ogun State Governor on Thursday sent a bill seeking the upgrading of MAPOLY into the Moshood Abiola University of Technology, Abeokuta to the State House of Assembly.
The bill which was sent by Governor Ibikunle Amosun to the Assembly for accelerated consideration was read by the Speaker, Suraj Adekunmbi at the plenary.
Source: Press Club MAPOLY’s