The executive governor of Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has offered a job in the state’s civil service to best graduating student of the Lagos State Polytechnic, Mr. Ejire Adedolapo Abdulazeez, from the School of Pure and Applied Science.
The Governor made this instant offer at the institution’s 25th convocation and 40th anniversary ceremonies in Ikorodu on March 9, 2017.
Ambode also approved the construction of a new main auditorium, administrative block, the renovation of the sports complex and the facelift of facilities on the campus including the new School of Technology Building.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ambode said it was worthy of note that the 40-year-old LASPOTECH occupies a pride of place among state-owned polytechnics in the country and hailed the staff and students for being innovative, promising that government would promote and fund the project to encourage them.
The Governor also said efforts must be made to build on the school’s successes in order to make it a true centre of excellence in technological education and research.
“Education is high on the priority list of this administration, and a significant portion of the state budget every year is allocated to education. We recognise the fact that a citadel of learning is as good as the quality of its learning environment in terms of infrastructure, academic and administrative faculties. Our government has invested massively in upgrading the infrastructure and other learning tools in all our tertiary institutions, including this institution.
“The ultimate goal of this investment in tertiary institutions in Lagos State is beyond meeting the requirements for the accreditation of courses; it is to ensure that tertiary education in Lagos State becomes a benchmark in Nigeria, ranking comparatively with global institutions and producing the leaders of tomorrow,” Ambode said.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Samuel Sogunro had earlier praised Ambode for his passion for education, noting that he is the first governor to participate in the institution’s convocation in the last 27 years.
He also revealed that despite the prevailing economic reality, the governor raised the institution’s monthly subvention from N153.731million to N210million.
A total of 9,228 students graduated from 32 departments, with 273 of them bagging distinctions.