The management of the Polytechnic, Ibadan has revealed how the institution spent the N200 million grant it received from the Seyi Makinde led administration in the state.
The explanation was made during a press conference at the main campus of the institution on Thursday.
Speaking at the conference, the Rector of the institution, Professor Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi, stated that the institution is extremely grateful to Governor Seyi Makinde for the grant which made it possible for the institution to embark on several projects that were long overdue.
According to the Rector, this is the first time since 2009 that the institution would receive grant from the state government to embark on accreditation process.
The Rector, who was full of praises for Governor Makinde, stated that before now, the management sometimes go as far as taking loan from banks for accreditation.
In his words, “We are just using this avenue to appreciate the government for what they have done for us when we received the letter from NBTE that we passed all our accreditation, we were very joyful. We did accreditation for thirteen programmes and we passed all the thirteen programmes.
“Also, we did three professional accreditation programmes which we passed and that looked like magic to everybody that how were we able to achieve that and then we said, since we have the support of the government.
“When we looked at the records, the last time the institution benefitted from such accreditation grant from government was in 2009 and when the present government came on board, we were bothered because about fifteen to sixteen of our programmes were due for accreditation.
“I said, ‘look, lets go and meet the governor,’ they asked if I was sure because we have not received anything from them in years, but I insisted that we make a trial.”
He added that the Governor approved their request without any stress.
He then revealed that the grant was used for various needs, like the procurement of equipments, renovation of buildings, among others.
He also noted that some departments had to write appreciation letter to the management to express their satisfaction because they have not experienced such level of development in recent years.
Approval to run HND In Mechatronics
The rector explained that the grant also allowed them to get the approval to run an Higher National Diploma programme in Mechatronics which is the first in Nigeria.
He said, “We could not achieve this, if not for the support of the government. We have been on this for more than two, three years but because we were not having the adequate equipment required we could not get it, but now that we had we got it.”
Produces Ventilators, Smart Handwashers
According to the Rector, In a bid to complement the efforts of the government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the institution has produced mechanical ventilators and smart hand washers.
The ventilator and handwasher were produced by the Department of Mechatronics in the institution and tested at UCH.
The research team members were Engr. Olaiya Kamourudeen, Mr. Olanlere Oladeji, Mr. Oluokun T.O, Engr. Bello A., Mr. Sanusi B.Y, Mr. Azeez O.R, Mr. Ajayeoba I.A, and a consultant from the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Dr. Adebayo Oluwaseun.
Speaking with newsmen, a member of the research team, Engr. Olaiya Kamourudeen explained that the ventilators went through all necessary procedures.
The Rector, while speaking on the production cost of the ventilators, revealed that the institution spent about two million naira on each ventilator which he believes will be lesser if it was a mass production process.
When asked by OYOINSIGHT.COM whether students of the department were part of the research, the Rector replied affirmatively and even stated that some of the students are still undergoing their National Diploma programme.
Israel Ajayioba, a student who was part of the research team, explained that the ventilators were designed in a way that they can be adjusted depending on the rate at which the patient need them.
Equipped Radio Station, Mass Communication Studios, Laboratories
The Rector also revealed that with the support of the State government, the institution has been able to fully equip the PolyFM
He stated that the initial plan of the institution was to launch the radio station on the 29th of May, in honor of the one year anniversary of the governor and as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the institution, but the accreditation process was stalled by the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added, “ As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is over or there is total ease of lockdown, we believe, in maybe a couple of weeks, we will be on air”.
The institution also equipped various learning laboratories and studios to aid the learning of students in the department which the Rector described as ‘unmatchable’ in the country.
Equipped, Re-accredited, Geology Department, Others
According to the Rector, The institution was also able to equip the geology department of the institution with adequate equipment to the extent it has regained the accreditation the department lost some years ago.
Some of the equipments bought include: Rock cutting machine, rock grinding machine, diamond and gemstone detector, magnetometer for the detection of mineral resources, cone penetrometer, refratomectometer for the detection of index of rock formation, among others.
Speaking with newsmen, the Head of the department, Mr. Abdul Lawal Lukuman, who could not hide his joy over the re-accreditation of the department by the NBTE, stated that the equipment are basically for the training students of the department.
The Rector also revealed that many other departments in the institution were equipped with the necessary equipments required to aid learning process.
He added that with the grace of God and the support of the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the institution today has full accreditation for all of its programmes.