By Oludamisi Ojo,Akure
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has inaugurated the Visitation Panel for Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo.
The Governor explained that the inauguration of the Panel became expedient going by recent happenings in the Polytechnic which he said was not satisfactory.
Akeredolu inaugurated the Visitation Panel in his office, Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital and headed by Prof. Olabode Kolade Koriko while Dr Olumide Asere is the Secretary.
Other members of the Panel include Prof. Tomola Obamuyi; Prof. Francis Gbore; Mr Dapo Adelegan; Sir Patrick Tayo Adedapo-Aisida; and Engr. David Omoregie.
The Governor disclosed that the State Government has been inundated with petitions, calls and general anxiety about the situation in the institution.
According to him, the concerns in the institution include staff-related issues, union matters, financial issues, and general unrest, among others.
He said:” To address the various challenges and proffer workable recommendations towards ensuring optimal performance of the institution and to equally ensure that it is managed in line with global best practices, this Visitation Panel is set up to examine the performance of the Polytechnic’s management and to also determine the extent of its compliance with the recommendations of the 2017 Visitation Panel as contained in the Government White Paper.”
Akeredolu, who noted that education plays a pivotal role in the development of a country, stressed the need to sustain the dignity of education as prescribed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“In line with one of the eight legs of the REDEEMED agenda of our administration, that is, Educational Advancement and Human Capital Development, we will continue to stress the culture of ‘Performance Management.’
“We understand the need for our tertiary institutions to maintain a certain level of academic autonomy, but as a responsible government, we will put machinery in place to ensure that nothing short of excellence is achieved in our education sector.” He said.
The governor noted that the Panel is expected to examine the extent of compliance with the recommendation of the 2017 Visitation Panel Report by the Management of the Polytechnic as contained in the Government White Paper.
He said the Panel will also review the Laws establishing the Polytechnic, determine the future of the Polytechnic in line with the Federal Government’s Policy regarding scrapping of HND programmes, and suggest amendments to the Law;
“The panel is to examine the Financial Management of the Polytechnic including subventions, grants, loans, and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and determine the compliance of the Polytechnic with appropriate regulation; and examine industrial relations amongst management, staff and students and recommend ways to achieve peace and harmony;
“It will also examine the state of the landed property and other assets of the Polytechnic, and make such other recommendations that can assist in repositioning the Polytechnic for optimal performance.”
The Governor said the Visitation Panel has three months duration to complete the assignment and submit its Report, urging them to deliver the best in the interest of the State and posterity.
“While we continue to uplift and promote the integrity of education in our dear State, stakeholders in the education sector must join hands with the government in sustaining the legacies of our administration.” He noted.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Panel, Prof. Olabode Kolade Koriko promised that the Panel members will deliver the best and will not betray the confidence repose in them.