The Rector of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Dr Adeoye Odedeji, has advised graduates of the institution to give back to their alma mater.
The rector said the only way MAPOLY could be greater is for alumni to contribute to the development of the institution.
Odedeji said this on Friday during the donation of a furbished television studio by the Association of Mass Communication Graduates 1992 set to the institution’s Mass Communication Department.
Members of the set procured N5m worth of equipment for the television studio of the department as part of activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their graduation.
The rector described the gesture as timely, saying the institution is planning to host officials of the National Board of Technical Education in a few weeks’ time.
He said, “One of the ways to ensure MAPOLY remains the best polytechnic in the country is by encouraging alumni association members to come back and share in our aspirations for the improvement of the polytechnic and we have started seeing the dividends.
“For example, recently, alumni members of Marketing Department donated N80m to the polytechnic and another set of alumni, AMACOS alumni of the institution, donated a big generator to power the new radio station.
“Also today, the AMACOS ‘92 alumni association refurbished the TV studio of the Department of Mass Communication.”
The Chairman, AMACOG 1992 set, Kunle Adeshina, said the set decided to give back to the institution.
Adeshina explained that “the 1992 set raised funds among its members to refurbish the training television studio as its token to advance the practical knowledge of broadcasting.”
He added, “It would ensure that students who choose to study Mass Communication would henceforth enjoy the benefit of being trained with some of the best and latest high tech equipment that are obtainable in distant locations.
“The state government alone should not be saddled with the task of providing the infrastructure needed to ensure that tertiary institutions, not only have the requisite manpower needed to train employable graduates, but that the right facilities are also provided.”
He said the set would also provide after installation training on how to operate and manage the equipment in the new studio.
He, however, enjoined alumni on the need for old students to play active roles in developing their alma mater.