LASPOTECH rec­tor ad­vises stu­dent lead­ers on ac­count­abil­ity

The Punch - - EDUCATION - Dayo Ojerinde

THE Rec­tor of the La­gos State Poly­tech­nic, Iko­rodu, Mr Sa­muel So­gunro, has urged stu­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions and union lead­ers in the in­sti­tu­tion to en­sure ac­count­abil­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity and good lead­er­ship skills.

So­gunro made the plea at a work­shop on lead­er­ship and ac­count­abil­ity for De­part­men­tal, Re­li­gious and School As­so­ci­a­tions or­gan­ised by the Direc­torate of Stu­dents Af­fairs of the in­sti­tu­tion re­cently.

The theme of the work­shop was, “Stu­dents Associatio­n: Sus­tain­ing Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence in Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions.”

“It is no gain­say­ing that the func­tion and im­por­tance of the stu­dents union in any in­sti­tu­tion can­not be overem­pha­sised. That is why the dream of this ad­min­is­tra­tion is to es­tab­lish a plat­form to in­ten­sify con­tin­u­ous en­gage­ment of the poly­tech­nic stu­dents’ union ex­ec­u­tives to en­hance their lead­er­ship virtues for ef­fec­tive­ness.

“We or­gan­ised this work­shop for as­so­ci­a­tions and stu­dents union lead­ers in or­der to reach ev­ery stu­dent in the in­sti­tu­tion,” So­gunro said.

The Rec­tor added that the associatio­n lead­ers were the mouth­piece of other stu­dents, hence, the need to train them on roles and ways to be good lead­ers.

“Man­age­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion is con­tribut­ing a lot to sus­tain aca­demic ex­cel­lence among the stu­dents. Stu­dents should know that poly­tech­nic ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes are very ro­bust, and will help them to do things on their own by be­ing em­ploy­ers of labour af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

“We also in­tro­duced com­pul­sory Com­puter and Agri­cul­ture pro­grammes for all stu­dents in the in­sti­tu­tion so that they can con­trib­ute to food se­cu­rity in the coun­try,” he said.

The Act­ing Dean of the Stu­dents Af­fairs, Mr Ay­obami Olomiyete, ad­vised the as­so­ci­a­tions and union lead­ers to re-en­gi­neer their mind­set on be­com­ing good lead­ers.

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