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The Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic (AAPoly) During the second Republic,1979 to 1983, the government of late Chief Olabisi Onabanjo tried establishing this Polytechnic. Then, some notable sons of Ijebu-Igbo, who were very close to the Governor, late Chief Bisi Onabanjo – late Chief Ashafa Akinola Daramaja, the then Attorney-General of Ogun State and Prince Amos Agbolade Banjo, a notable politician amongst others, got the government into passing into law the establishment of ‘The Polytechnic, Ijebu Igbo ’ which took off from the Technical College site, that had previously been established by the Military government of late Brigadier Tunde Eghagha.

However, ‘The Polytechnic Ijebu Igbo’ got ”killed” by the then subsequent Military Government of Col. Oladipo Diya, about a year and a half later after the coup spearheaded by Generals Idiadgbon and Buhari.

The burning and undying desire of the people of Ijebu Igbo got some attention once again, in 2005 since the advent of democracy, in 1999. This was as result of the special interest severally demonstrated by the leaders of Ijebu-Igbo – especially the Polytechnic Steering Committee led by Senator Otunba Biyi Durojaiye and Prof Ayo Ogunye’s effulgence and drive – the law re-establishing this Polytechnic got passed as Edict 31 of the Ogun State House of Assembly.

In 2009, Edict 37 was again passed by the same State House of Assembly to change the name to Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, (AAP), in honour of the great political leader and elder stateman from the town.

Population-wise, the State is inhabited by more than 4.9 million, but more than five million live outside the State. Luckily, most of those living outside the State cherish sending their wards back home for their education.

And it is in this context that this Polytechnic is placed. Most of our students are indigenes of the State, but living in neighbouring States. For reasons best known to them, Ogun State environment seems more encouraging to learning.

Brief History of the Institution

During the second Republic,1979 to 1983, the government of late Chief Olabisi Onabanjo tried establishing this Polytechnic. Then, some notable sons of Ijebu-Igbo, who were very close to the Governor, late Chief Bisi Onabanjo – late Chief Ashafa Akinola Daramaja, the then Attorney-General of Ogun State and Prince Amos Agbolade Banjo, a notable politician amongst others, got the government into passing into law the establishment of ‘The Polytechnic, Ijebu Igbo ’ which took off from the Technical College site, that had previously been established by the Military government of late Brigadier Tunde Eghagha.

However, ‘The Polytechnic Ijebu Igbo’ got ”killed” by the then subsequent Military Government of Col. Oladipo Diya, about a year and a half later after the coup spearheaded by Generals Idiadgbon and Buhari.

LOCATION

It occupies the largest expanse of land in Ogun State, bordered by three States – Oyo, Osun and Ondo. History has it that Ijebu-Igbo was founded in 1430. Discernible to most people, she is made of five contiguous towns – Oke Sopen, Ojowo, Atikori, Oke Agbo and Japara. However, she also has some other adjoining towns and villages within her fold – Asigidi, Agunboye, Odo-Alamo, Aparaki, Imope, Abeku, Aiyesan, Owonowen, Ganringan, Dagbolu, Apoje, and others.

Indigenes of the town developed special interest in education – though late – after the un-dignifying treatment meted to late Orimolusi, late Oba Abraham Adesemowo – the last non-educated Orimolusi – at Ijebu Ode on February 17, 1942.

They have at all times since then, demonstrated their love for education, especially with this practical feat – the push for the establishment of this Polytechnic. It is therefore feral to expect AAP to take the lead in educational development – both physical and in personnel.

This Polytechnic, occupies a landed area of 300 hectares, and located at the North-western side of Ijebu-Igbo, on the rolling hills of Atikori. Three hills exist with valleys and rivers in between within the campus, and the Polytechnic is bounded by another town – Ojowo, in Ijebu-Igbo. This location experiences subtropical climatic condition with two seasons – dry season between November and April as well as the rainy season between April and October, and this influenced the semester nomenclature – Dry and Rainy semesters

Vision and Mission

Vision

To be a leading Polytechnic with cutting edge in manpower development and training of students in entrepreneurial skills through Information Communication Technology (ICT) Techniques.

Mission

To use available facilities including buildings, workshops, ICT and other resources of human capacities to achive the spread of knowledge and skill of ICT.

OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
  1. To be at the Commanding Height of Association and Organisation in the world of ICT world-wide such as CISCO Networking Academy.
  2. Produce first class students who can excel anywhere in the world.
  3. Improve the status of technical and material resources available so as to make the Polytechnic a mini-silicon valley in Ogun State.
  4. Ensure continued improvement in the methodology of lecture delivery.
  5. Enter into exchange programmes, collaboration, seeking to tap the best from these institutions for better performance.

Current RECTOR

Professor Jumoke Bukunola Bilesanmi-Awoderu.

Professor Jumoke Bukunola Bilesanmi-Awoderu started her professional training from Ogun State College of Education (now Tai Solarin College of Education), Ijebu-Ode, from 1979 to 1982. She also attended Ogun State University (now OOU Ago-Iwoye), from 1987 to 1990 where she bagged B.Sc. Education/Biology. She later proceeded to University of Ibadan from 1991 to 1992 where she bagged M.Ed. Curriculum Studies/Science Education and Ph.D. Curriculum Studies/Science Education in the same University in 1999.

Professor Bilesanmi-Awoderu joined Ogun State University (OSU) now Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye in 1990 as a Graduate Assistant and rose through the ladder to become a Professor of Science Education in 2007 through a dint of hard work. At OOU, she taught various courses both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels in the area of Curriculum Studies and Science Education. Her academic excellence could be attested to by over 60 publications to her credit featuring in reputable National and International Journals and other outlets. She has attended and participated fully in several Local, National and International Seminars, Workshops and Conferences. Professor Bilesanmi–Awoderu has also supervised many students both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels (PGDE, M-Ed & Ph.D).

Prior to her appointment as the Rector, Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu-Igbo in July 2014, she was the Dean, Faculty of Education, Olabisi Onabanjo University, (2012 – 2014). She has also served the University in various capacities which included Head, Department of Curriculum Studies and Instructional Technology, Deputy Director, Center for Sandwich Programmes and Chairperson of many Universities/Faculty/Departmental Committees.

She has served as the External Examiner and Doctoral Assessor for Ph.D Oral defence in Universities such as Ibadan, Ado-Ekiti etc. She was at a time a Visiting Professor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She has served as member of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Programme Accreditation Team to many Higher Institutions. Internationally, she was an External Examiner and Doctoral Assessor of the University of the West Indies, Cave-Hill Campus, Barbados.

Professor Bilesanmi-Awoderu has many awards and distinctions to her credit and these include; D.B. Oguntuga Memorial Scholarship, which she won as the best all-round student in the penultimate year of Education/Biology in Ogun State University (1989), Departmental Prize Award by Senate which she won as the best final year student in the Department of Curriculum Studies and Instructional Technology in Ogun State University (1990), College/Faculty Prize Award by Senate which she also won as the best final year student in the Faculty of Education in Ogun State University (1990) and Award of Outstanding Paper Presentation given to her by the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES 13 Travel Award) at the 13th International Conference in Seoul, South Korea in 2005.

She is a member of many Professional bodies such as Gender and Science and Technology (GASAT) Association, National Association of Women Academics (NAWACS), Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) etc. Our amiable Rector has travelled far and wide. She is happily married with children.

PRESENT STRUCTURE

When AAP was first established by the government of late Chief Bisi Onabanjo, most of the standing buildings and structures were built. But they were transferred to the then established Technical Training College, by the subsequent government. However, the distance of the buildings to the main road, couple with the seeming poor interest of the youths in technical Education, encouraged the abandonment of the buildings over the years. They got repaired and re-activated from 2005 by the pioneer Rector – Prof Tayo Odumosu.

  1. The Governing Council members shall hold office for three years from the date of their appointment, and the appointment can only be renewed for another period of three years.
  2. Though they exercise delegated powers of the Moderator and the Governor of the State, they shall be responsible for the general management of the affairs of the Polytechnic, and in particular, the control of the properties and finances of the Polytechnic, and shall have powers to do anything which in its opinion, is calculated to facilitate the carrying out of the purposes of the Polytechnic.
  3. The Governing Council shall have power to appoint Committees from among its own members and to make rules for the conduct of the business of the Polytechnic, and shall have power to delegate functions to any of its Committees or the Chairman or the Rector, as it may deem fit.
  4. It shall have power to appoint Advisory Committees from among its members and can include experienced persons outside its members if considered desirable.

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