Owo Descendants Group have dissociated itself from a fairytale being circulated by some individuals they tagged faceless who are on the prowl to discredit the Governing Council of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo and Barrister Banji Alabi, Chairman of the Governing Council.
In a statement made available to journalists, the group said it would have ignored it in order to avoid giving the campaign of calumny honour, but that it was pertinent to put the record straight to prevent innocent citizens from being misled.
The statement further reads: “Rufus Giwa Polytechnic has been an enviable citadel of learning with landmark achievements by both products of the institution and lecturers and other members of staff of the polytechnic community.
It is important to remind our well-wishers that this is the season of political meandering and political jobbers who would do anything to burrow into prominence in order to grab whatever they can.
We as a group and stakeholder in the institution and Owo kingdom have observed that the Polytechnic is focused on how to make tremendous contributions to the society through researches and findings for the betterment of the citizenry in line with the aspirations of the founding fathers of the institution.
The series of concocted stories and manufactured scenarios and figures flaunted by the political almajiris unleached on the Governing Council of the Polytechnic and its chairman by some individuals with inordinate ambition to hijack and run the institution as a fiefdom are no longer new or hidden strategies to well-meaning indigenes of Ondo State”
While noting that during the inauguration of Barrister Banji Alabi as the chairman of Governing Council of the Polytechnic, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu disclosed that the institution was at its lowest ebb and wanted Barrister Banji Alabi to use his wealth of experience and connections to turn around the school, the group further reeled out the intimidating wealth of experience of Bar. Alabi as having worked for 24 years in one of the biggest multi national companies in the world as a senior management staff overseeing millions of US dollars before he voluntarily took the early retirement option without any blemish to start legal practice and real estate development business.
Some of the landmark achievements of Barrister Banji Alabi-led Governing Council include having the Polytechnic ranked as one of the best nine in Nigeria in 2020, the setting up of Huawei ICT Academy, the reequipping of the damaged ICT Centre, renovating of water bottling factory and Bakery and construction of perimeter fence; payment of backlog of staff salaries of nine months which now remains four months.
Others are completion of E-Test Centre building, construction of FSSCS Building, FAT Building, Rectory Building, Registry Building, Bursary Building and establishment and installation of transmission equipment for Rugipo Radio, which is first of its kind in Owo kingdom.
Tetfund overseas/local training for large number of members of staff, Tetfund scholarship to large number of members of staff to pursue PhD/MsC in local and foreign universities, collaboration with one of the best universities in Nigeria to commence degree programmes from October/November 2020, State-of-the-art Tech hub have been approved for the school and the construction is ongoing, besides unprecedented ongoing Federal Government infrastructure development in the school, including a power plant are among other achievements of the Barrister Banji Alabi-led Governing Council.
The group further urged Barrister Banji Alabi and other members of the Governing Council not to be distracted by the activities of enemies of the Polytechnic including the faceless group circulating spurious allegations against the authorities of the institution saying they should rather focus on how to see the institution reopen for operations now that the COVID-19 pandemic incidents are dwindling.
The group also urged them to continue to see welfare of members of staff as paramount and not shy away from seeing everyone being protected.