Science and Technology,
Education Post-Basic (Step-B)
Project, a Federal Government-
assisted World Bank initiative,
has transformed teaching,
learning and research in the
Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun
State.
The second-generation
institution was established by
Decree No. 33 of 1979. Its
laboratories and facilities,
especially in Food Technology,
Electrical/Electronics and other
courses which are as old as the
polytechnic, had become
obsolete.
This, according to the Rector, Dr
Raheem Oloyo, explained the
reason for the interventionist
approach of the Federal
Government-sponsored World
Bank project in resuscitating
moribund workshops and
laboratories of some of
polytechnics.
The Ilaro Polytechnic, which
keyed into the Step-B Project in
2008, The Nation learnt, has
completed its sub-projects which
cost N105.4 million.
Speaking with our reporter,
Oloyo identified the three sub-
project as “Upgrading of
infrastructure at the Information
and Communication
Technonolgy (ICT) centre and the
computer studio for video
conferencing and curriculum
delivery; upgrading of facilities
and equipment in the food
processing and food
engineering workshops in the
Department of Food Technology,
and upgrading of facilities in the
Electrical/Electronics laboratories.
“The school is set to update
laboratory and workshop
facilities and the structure of
curriculum delivery to produce
self-employed graduates who
are more relevant to market
needs as well as enhancing
accreditation and improved
quality of research activities.
The project took off in May 2010
and came to completion last
month with the training
workshops organised in two
departments of the Polytechnic,”
Oloyo added.
The Food Technology sub-
project, The Nation learnt,
involves the renovation of
workshops, the supply and the
installation of equipment in food
processing and food
engineering. Some of the
equipment are: rotary drum
dryer, electric steam-jacketed
kettle and butter churn.
According to the rector, two
members of staff of the
department travelled abroad to
train on the use and
maintenance of the equipment at
the manufacturers’ yard. On
their return, they held a
workshop for other members of
staff and selected students. More
students in HND II had their
projects done in Food Processing
and Food Engineering using the
equipment supplied. The number
of students trying to gain
admission into the programme is
also increasing as the cut-off
point is 217.
Oloyo further spoke on the
projects: “The facilities in the ICT
sub-project are not only
beneficial to the initiating
department but to many more,
especially in service courses
where different programmes
take similar options.
“Two classes can now go on
concurrently at the east and the
west campuses. On the
sustainability of the project,
members of staff of the
department were trained on the
use, troubleshooting and
maintenance of the video-
conferencing equipment.”
The Rector, according to the
spokesman, Rev Olasunkanmi
Bolaji, handled the workshops.
Rev. Olasunkanmi said: “The
resultant effect of the
workshops was that more
proposals on Step-B and other
research activities are being
initiated by the staff and
students. The polytechnic also
spent over N4 million acquiring
more accessories to the
equipment acquired in Electrical/
Electronics sub-project to ensure
the maximization of the
equipment.”

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