LASPOTECH’ll invest in agriculture, says, rector

LASPOTECH’ll invest in agriculture, says, rector. The Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos State, Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye, has that his administration will partner with multinational investors to improve agricultural development in the institution.

The Lagos State College of Science and Technology (now known as Lagos State Polytechnic) was established with the promulgation of Lagos State Edict No. 1 of 1978 with retroactive effect from June 1, 1977.

The Institution commenced classes in January, 1978 at a temporary site (now the Isolo Campus) with five Departments namely, Accountancy and Finance, Management and Business Studies, Insurance, Secretarial Studies and Basic Studies.  The later offered GCE ‘A’ Level courses in the Arts and Sciences.

On August 1, 1978, the School of Agriculture in Ikorodu was merged with the Institution and it became the nucleus of the present–day permanent site at Ikorodu.

In 1988 and after 10years of existence, Lagos State Government changed the name of the Institution from Lagos State College of Science and technology, (LACOSTEC) to Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).

In the late 1970s, the Lagos State Government acquired 400 hectares of land at Ikosi village adjacent to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which was proposed for development as the permanent site of the Institution.

However, with the encroachment on the Ikosi land, its development into the permanent site no longer became visible and the State Government had to decide in favour of Ikorodu as the permanent site of the Institution in 1985.

The seat of the polytechnic Administration hitherto located at Isolo Campus since inception of Institution relocated to the permanent site at Ikorodu in May 2000.

The Polytechnic currently has staff strength of 808 with 56 accredited programmes across the various Schools

This was noted by the rector during the flag-off of the 2,000 coconut trees planting exercise at the Ikorodu campus of the Polytechnic on Monday.

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A statement signed by Director, Information and Public Relations Olanrewaju Kuye, said “Coconut can be used for a wide range of purpose; as to enhance the sustenance of our wellbeing as a people, also, due to its multiple advantages, ranging from ornamental, economical and food security.

The Dean, School of Agriculture, Dr. Adebayo Ashafa, appreciated the Management for the initiative, stating that staff and students were much ready to key into whatever agricultural plans the Polytechnic would venture into.

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