addressing thousands of the national diploma and the higher national diploma graduates at the institution’s 14th convocation held at OGD Auditorium Hall in Abeokuta on Thursday.
Speaking earlier, Prof. Oludele Itiola, rector of MAPOLY, declared that it was high time handlers of tertiary institutions included vocational, technical and agricultural teaching and skills in the curricula of students in order to ensure that wealth and jobs are created through self ingenuity and involvement in agriculture and agro-allied practice, adding the institution had concluded arrangements to establish School of Agricultural Technology.
“In an effort to think out of the box we can reclaim the entire polytechnic land, most of which have been lying unproductive, for establishment of a School of Agricultural Technology. This will not only break a new ground, but also offer the institution an opportunity to launch our graduates into a sector that has long been seemingly neglected, but that promises to bring our economy out of the woods.
“This will make them to be key players in generating ideas and advances in research and innovation in primary agriculture and agro-allied extensions, that will take us up the value curve in a diversified economy and re-open the nation as a leading hub for business and innovation”, he added.