Eminent Nigerians have lauded the ongoing multi-billion naira American Polytechnic of Nigeria (APN) project in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State.
They gave the commendation during the groundbreaking ceremony of APN at Wasinmi in Araromi Local Council Development Area(LCDA) of Oyo State.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the multi-billion naira APN, a private polytechnic, is founded by Dr Dare Akande.
NAN also reports that the institution on completion would be the second private polytechnic in the Oke-Ogun zone of Oyo State.
Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, described Akande’s initiative as a laudable one worthy of emulation.
Ogundoyin, who was represented by Hon. Ayotunde Fatokun, the Chairman, Parliamentary Council, called on well-meaning Nigerians to emulate Akande in their various communities.
The Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdulganiyy Salau, also commended Akande’s initiative, calling on the people to support its actualisation.
The monarch said that this was part of the developmental projects expected from indigenes of Oke-Ogun to boost the education sector as well as economic activities in the area.
Akande, on his part, said the institution was aimed at churning out equipped graduates for the current job market and future economic demands.
“APN will change the way education is being presented in Nigeria. Graduating students will be well equipped for the current job market and future economic demands,” he said.
Akande said that a large portion of the institution’s 200-acre property would also be designated for an industrial park to create employment opportunities and assist graduating students to start up as
He said that the effort would no doubt boost the economy of the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Akande that APN would enjoy technical support and student exchange programmes from four American universities.
He listed them as Lewis University, New England College, Liberty University, Gannon University as well as Sprot Shaw College in Canada.
Akande unveiled the departmental structure of the institution which included Computer Science and Engineering, Automobile and Mechanical Engineering and Smart Manufacturing
Others are Electrical Engineering with Electrical Transformer Manufacturing Specialisation; Cement Manufacturing, Agriculture/ Dairy Farming and Tourism and Cultural Heritage.
Akande, who expressed confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari’s initiative in rail transportation, also thanked Gov. Seyi Makinde for his enormous support to the education sector in the state.
He also thanked traditional rulers and other dignitaries for their support, assuring them of his readiness to make the APN the best on the continent.