Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu.

The Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTHECH), Ikorodu, says it has produced over 120,000 graduates who are performing outstandingly in all works of life in the institution’s 40 years of existence.

Mr Samuel Sogunro, Rector of the Polytechnic, made this known at a press briefing to mark the polytechnic’s 40th anniversary, tagged : ‘ Lofty at Forty’.

Sogunro said among eminent personalities who graduated from the institution were Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mr Bisi Onasanya, former Group Managing Director, First Bank Nigeria.

“Kunle Afolayan, actor, film director and award winning icon, Adekunle Kosoko (aka Adekunle Gold), music star, Mr Ayo Gbeleyi and Mr Sikiru Oyefeso, former Commissioner of Finance, Lagos State.

“ Mrs Funmilayo Babington-Ashaye, Managing Director, Staco Insurance Plc, Former Managing Director, Cornerstone Insurance, Tunji Afolayan, cinematographer and winner of Africa Movie Viewers’ Choice (AMVC).

“ Olakunle Akinrinade, award winning investigative reporter and Head, Crime Desk, Nation Newspaper and the late thespian, Aisha Mohammed, among others,” he said.

Sogunro announced that Miss Omosalewa Babalola of the School of Applied Science, who emerged the best graduating student the school had ever produced, had been engaged as a staff of the polytechnic.

He said that Babalola graduated with the cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 on a scale of 4.0 in 2014/2015 academic session.

According to him, LASPOTECH Alumni, apart from hosting the flag of the institution as its ambassador, also provides a platform to exhibit appreciable individual and collective contributions to their association.

“The body recently donated computers and printers to the polytechnic to support human capacity and thereby improving the work environment.

“Mr Bisi Onasanya, recently completely rehabilitated the Accountancy Laboratory to functionality and this has brought advancement to the institution, while there is always room for improvement.

“I can say with confidence that the alumni of the institution are strong pillars in all sectors of the economy, especially in the insurance and banking industries and other works of life, ” he said.

Sogunro said that the contribution of retired and serving staff in their various roles had brought the Polytechnic to the enviable status it holds in the education sector.

He said in this regard, 752 staff members of different categories had been selected for long service and meritorious awards during the 40th anniversary in appreciating their services.

According to him, all the awardees selected deserve the awards and the polytechnic has decided to make the meritorious awards a continuous process.

He lauded the Lagos State Government for its continuous increase of the polytechnic subvention yearly, as this had helped to cater for the needs of the institution and led to development.

“The support accorded the polytechnic during its movement to the Ikorodu campus in May 2000 and the facilitation of various projects on the campus.

“This includes the construction of access road to link the Itoikin road, among other ongoing projects.

“Also, the extension of Operation Light -up Lagos project to the Ikorodu campus cannot be over emphasised.

“The state government has also promised to construct a befitting Administrative block, a high capacity Auditorium.

“The government also promised the completion of the abandoned Sport Complex and funding of the Polytechnic Drone Project for security surveillance in Lagos State,’’ the rector said.

Sogunro reeled out the recent landmark achievements by the polytechnic to include, obtaining license for the LASPOTECH 101.9 FM radio station from the National Broadcast Commission (NBC).

Also, obtaining patent right for three machines developed in the polytechnic by staff and students viz, which include, a Fuelless Electric Power Generating Set, Automatic Car Jack, Biogas Energy system, among other equipment fabricated in the institution.

He said the polytechnic emerged overall winner at the 19th edition of Nigeria Polytechnics Games (NIPOGA) in 2017 among polytechnics in Nigeria with 48 medals.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that LAPOTECH, formerly Lagos State College of Science and Technology, was established with the promulgation of Lagos State Edict No. 1 of 1978 with retroactive effect from June 1, 1977.

NAN also reports that activities to mark the Polytechnic 40th Anniversary begin on Nov. 13, with a film show on the history of LASPOTECH.

A special thanksgiving service is expected to hold at the church and mosque on Nov. 15 while a dinner and cultural Night is slated for Nov. 17, among other activities listed for the celebration.