The Lagos State Polytechnic on Thursday wore a celebratory look as the academic community celebrated 40 years of the institution’s existence, amidst pomp and pageantry.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the highpoint of the event, held at the institution’s Ikorodu campus, was the presentation of ‘Long Service Award’ to deserving members of staff.
A total of 559 beneficiaries in four categories, namely; 10-15 years, 257; 16–20 years, 126; 21–25 years, 79; 26–30, 76; and 31–47 years, 21, bagged awards.
“Forty years is a milestone, and it is indeed forty years of engaging minds and improving lives.
“The management believes that is important to honour employees who have contributed immensely towards the goal, mission and vision of the polytechnic.
“This meritorious award will be a continuous process, and I say congratulations to all for this landmark achievement,’’ Mr Oluyinka Sogunro, Rector, LASPOTECH, said.
Sogunro further extended the institution’s appreciation to its host communities – Surulere, Isolo and Ikorodu – partners, alumni association, student union, past rectors, as well as former and present state governors of Lagos State for their contributions to the institution.
Some dignitaries that graced the event were Oba Kabiru Shotobi, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu; Mr Ayodeji Iginla, former rector of the institution, and former Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Olorunfemi Bashorun.
Mr Femi Williams, Managing Director, Charms Plc, host community chiefs, among others, were also present.
Some beneficiaries who spoke to NAN expressed their gratitude to the Lagos State Government for the opportunity given them to serve.
“I am very happy to witness today, and grateful to God for the opportunity given to impart onto humanity the knowledge I received during my years as a student of this institution.
“My career began 28 years ago as a technologist and grew through the position of chief lecturer and member of management committee of the polytechnic,’’ Mr Kamurudeen Adedeji, Director, Academic Planning, said.
Mrs Adeola Banjo, Chief Lecturer and Director, School of Part-Time Studies, who had served the institution for more than 30 years, advised women to aim to attain great heights in their career.
“They (women) should put in their best; never be weary or weak because women are the backbone of any institution; and I am assuring you that wherever you see a woman in leadership that institution is bound to triumph in all areas.
“We have very few women up there (in position of leadership) but they are very hardworking, dedicated and committed.
“So they should continue to assist to make the institution to be what God wants it to be,’’ Banjo, who is also an alumnus of LASPOTECH, said.
LASPOTECH, formerly known as Lagos State College for Science and Technology was established by Edict 1 of 1977 of Lagos state Government.
It commenced operations in 1978 with five departments but has grown to 36 departments, with 66 courses at National Diploma and Higher Diploma level.