Rector's Welcome Statement
AAPOLY IN THE QUEST FOR GLOBAL EXCELLENCE: I COME AS A PARTNER
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.