The Ogun state government has announced the appointment of Dr. Samson Adeola Odedina as the pioneer Rector of the newly created controversial Ogun state polytechnic, Ipokia and approved the constitution of Governing Council for the institution.
In a press release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Bar. Taiwo Adeoluwa disclosed that Ambassador Isiaka Adesola Abolurin would head the Governing council committee, adding that the acting rector of MAPOLY, Ayo Tella would function as the Deputy Rector for the combined and newly created Ogun polytechnic.
Part of the release reads, “As part of efforts to ensure seamless commencement of academic activities at the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia, following the approval of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to transfer accredited courses of the old Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta to the new Polytechnic at Ipokia, the Ogun State Government has announced the appointment of Dr. Samson Adeola Odedina as the pioneer Rector of the institution. Dr. Odedina was a one-time Rector of the Gateway Information Communication Technology (GICT) Polytechnic, Itori.
“In the same vein, it also approved the constitution of a Governing Council for the institution with Ambassador Isiaka Adesola Abolurin as Chairman.
“The acting Rector of the old MAPOLY, Abeokuta, Mr. Ayo Tella will now function as the Deputy Rector for the combined and newly created Ogun State Polytechnic.
“Other members of the Council are Engr. Niyi Olumide, Alhaji Waheed Kadiri, Prof. Kayode Biodun Olurin, Messrs Olaolu Idowu, Idowu Adegbite, Akin Orebiyi and Mrs Moji Bobade(nee Abiose).
Others are Mr. Hakeem Olatunbosun Ayoade representing the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Alumni Association, Chief Jare Oyesola representing the Ogun State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCIMA) and Mrs. Roselyn A. Onalaja representing the National Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA)”.
According to the release, Dr. Samson Adeola Odedina holds Ph.D in Crop Production from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, M.Sc in Crop Science from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Portharcourt among other educational and professional qualifications.
He joined the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure in 1990 and rose through the ranks to the position of Chief Lecturer in 2012 and was appointed Provost of the institution in 2015.
52-year old Odedina had a stint with the Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP) as Village Extension Agent in Ajebo village between 1986 and 1987. He has over 60 publications in National and International media.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Governing Council, Ambassador Isiaka Adesola Abolurin was a career Diplomat who served as in various capacities at the Nigeria High Commission in Kenya, Nigerian Embassies in Germany and South Korea among other foreign Missions. He retired in 2016 as the State Coordinator/Head of United Nations office, Malakal, Upper Nile State.
He holds a Masters of International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos and a Bachelor of Science.