A lot of people celebrate the college they graduated from, but I barely see Polytechnic graduates celebrate theirs in-like manner. Well, I do not blame them, perhaps because of the way the Nigeria government and other institutions have downgraded the Polytechnic community and their products. Nonetheless, I stand to be different. Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti is my alma-mater and I am a proud graduate of that great institution. Many great men and women have equally graduated from (FPA) and they are making great strides across the globe.
Today, I decided to share two invoices of two bills (OND & HND certificates/transcripts). This can help you all relate to the statement I made in my previous articles with respect to how I got into the college since it was affordable. I remember when I gained admission to Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti in 1998/99, my first tuition was N700 during my freshman semester with everything included. Then the accommodation was N90 and subsequent tuition was N295 per Semester until I completed my OND. Upon graduation in 2003 with my HND, my tuition was still below N1500 per semester.
Little wonder, even when I returned back 6 years later to obtain my certificate/transcript, the bill was still very affordable as you all can see on the invoice.
Today, I hear my mentees lamenting about the surcharge to obtain their transcripts/certificate for the amount from N30,000 to N50,000, sometimes more. And when I listened to them, I began to appreciate my creator for allowing me to go through FPA at that time. Hence, I am determined to celebrate my Alma-Mater.
Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti gave me the hope I am riding upon today. When all hope was lost, Federal Polytechnic gave me hope by admitting me on merit and granted me the chance to explore all the opportunities. My Project supervisor, Dr. Komolafe injected the best into me that I can never forget in a hurry. I can recall how he secured an internship for me in my final year where I was paid N5000/week with free pick up to and fro for 8 weeks. As if that was not enough addition, a sumptuous lunch accompanied the awesome offer. I cannot be more proud of this great institution that taught me the foundational skills I am using presently to impact many from other great institutions all over the world.
My mentees are from several countries and have attended great colleges/institutions and I feel honored to share my Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti foundational building blocks with them, hence they'll receive and gain results.
I'm glad to share the fact that this great product (myself) of Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti was contacted by the President of a Department of the Great Ife (OAU) to be a keynote speaker in their institution Webinar. I felt humbled, so I decided to put a call through. In my words to him, I said “you are inviting a Polytechnic graduate to be your guest Speaker”. He chuckled and said, “bros forget that thing, no be by college oooo”. By his grace I will be speaking to them this coming Saturday, the 9th.
Again, I am proudly a Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti graduate with an HND certificate. A golden HND at that, making the impossibilities possible. Thank you Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti for training me and allowing me to come from my village in Akwa Ibom to explore Ekiti State "the fountain of knowledge". You can be sure, I am determined to continue to put what I acquired from my alma-mater into the right perspective, leaving my impact in the sand of time.