Eruwa Youth Movement (EYM) which is the apex youth organization in Eruwa, Ibarapa East Local Government of Oyo State, paid a courtesy call to the Management of Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa on Wednesday, 4th January 2023.
The occasion had in attendance the leadership of Eruwa Youth Movement, led by Com. Kunle Adebola, the entire Management of the Institution, led by the Ag. Rector, Dr. Gbade Akinteye.
Speaking at the meeting, the President of Eruwa Youth Movement appreciated the Management for the warm reception accorded them, despite their tight schedule. He also commended the Management for the passion and unrelenting efforts toward the development of the Institution and, by extension, the Eruwa community.
Speaking further, Com. Adebola bemoaned the security situation in the country and urged the Management to join hands with the community in mapping out ways by which crime can be curtailed in the community.
According to him,
“It’s important to discuss the second site of the Institution (Okolo site) which has been neglected for long. The Management should find a way to execute meaningful projects on the site. Obviously, the economy of the community and its environ will improve if something is done on that site”.
The Vice President of the association, Com. Olawoore Adefemi, also charged the Management of the Institution to float more programs for the Institution, even if it requires partnership with private sectors and other degree-awarding Institutions.
Responding, the Ag. Rector, Dr. Gbade Akinteye, appreciated the leadership of Eruwa Youth Movement for their familiarisation visit. According to him, “your presence is a sign of peace, unity, and progress of the Institution and Ibarapa at large.” He acknowledged the association as a socio-cultural, progressive and indigeneous group of all youths in Eruwa community.
Dr. Akinteye also commended the representatives of EYM for not being driven by personal interests but by collective interest, aimed at the development of Eruwa community, and Ibarapa at large.
“We commend your efforts for putting sentiments aside because of your passion for growth and development of the region. Let me update you on happenings in and around us of recent. Our Institution was first approved two years ago as centre for UTME. Unfortunately, it was deregistered due to technical issues. Since then, the Governing Council, Management, and other concerned bodies have been working assiduously to re-enlist the school. In fact, it was one of the issues discussed at the last Governing Council meeting. To the glory of God, our CBT Center has been approved again for UTME examination and registration.
“On the issue of insecurity, it is one of the issues raised during the last visitation of the Executive Governor of Oyo State to our Institution and the Management are also looking inward to improve the security apparatus of the institution.”
Responding to the call for establishment of additional programs, the Ag. Rector explained that enrollment of students is being determined by the regulatory body for polytechnics across the country, and it was one of the reasons for the establishment of part-time programs.
“When I came onboard as the Ag. Rector of this Institution, students’ population then was about 3,000. Presently, we have about 5,000 students in this campus. It is my belief that students’ population will increase after the proposed graduation ceremony of the Institution. The Okolo site has been used for preliminary programs before but the situation of the site now is not suitable for academic activities until more funds are injected. That’s why we are using the place for agricultural activities for now. The institution is spending more on accreditation, salary augmentation, and other developmental programs.”
The Ag. Registrar, Mr. Dele Oladipo, commended the leadership of EYM for taking productive steps. He added that lack of peace in the community often times contributed to insecurity. He then urged EYM excos to serve as agent of peace, unity, and progress between the iynstitution and the community at large.
Similarly, the Deputy Rector, Mr Asimiyu Oladeji, admonished EYM representatives to remain passionate about community development.