ORIENTATION AND MATRICULATION LECTURE FOR NEW STUDENTS OF 2017/2018 ACADEMIC SESSION BY HIGH CHIEF SAM O. OSO (FCAI), OBAALA OF IGBAJO LAND
TOPIC: SOCIAL INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY
DATE: 18TH APRIL, 2018
VENUE: YETUNDE OYEWOLE AUDITORIUM
OPENING: The rector of the polytechnic and the registrar, member of the academic and administrative staff, the resource person here present, great students of Igbajo Polytechnic, ladies and gentlemen. I say good morning to all of you.
Let me congratulate all the matriculating students for their achievement so far in reaching the level you are now in the pursuit of your academic endeavour. Your polytechnic is a particular one in the annals of tertiary institution in Nigeria being the first community owned institution.
The Topic Social Interpersonal Relationship between the Students and the Community could not have come at better time than now that you are matriculating.
Let me reiterate that for you to have an harmonious social interpersonal relationship, you need to understand very well the community that you are in. If I may ask how many of us are from the south west of Nigeria? The socio — cultural affinities here in Igbajo are almost the same as in all settlements in the western
The establishment of Igbajo polytechnic is deeply rooted within the cultural value system of Igbajo people. We did that in 1952 with Kiriji Memorial College. Administratively, Igbajo is made up of Owa of Igbajo as the core head (the Visitor to the Polytechnic) assisted by six King makers (Iwaremefa) and sixty other chiefs. We also have ten (l0) Bales who are in charge of the ten Districts of Igbajo land. Sometime in 1987, the Owa-Igbajo-Council set in motion the need to have a body called Igbajo Development Association (I.D.A). Under the Igbajo Development Association, all social cultural groups, clubs, association numbering seventy five now affiliated to the central body. Some fifteen years ago the Igbajo Development Association thought it fit to set in motion the establishment of Igbajo Polytechnic . We are grateful to God that the seed planted then is now bearing bountiful fruits and this you sitting here is one of the fruits.
You can now see that the Owa — In — council, the Igbajo Development Association and entire community had hand in the establishment of this institution; through a dint of hard work, focus, perseverance, commitment to achieving good things.
Vision and Mission: Your Polytechnic has a vision and a mission. Principally the vision is to encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without prejudice of race, creed, sex, religion or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring a higher and technological education with the best international practice. To encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in all fields of technological learning and human endeavor.
Distinguished students don’t forget our topic is social interpersonal relation between you and Igbajo community therefore it is necessary for you to know the genesis of the establishment of this institution viz a viz your conduct throughout your stay in Igbajo.
At this juncture, you can now see that there is a symbiotic relation between your institution and the community, so the question now is how do you as students come in or how do you ﬁt into an harmonious social and interpersonal relation relationship with the community?
In the preceding paragraphs we talked about the vision of the Polytechnic. For the actualization of this, the Polytechnic has in place control mechanism starting from the organogram of the institution. There are set of rules and regulations that you must abide with.
SAY NO TO CULTISM CRIME AND BAD BEHAVIOUR
One of the principal challenges being faced by the authority of Tertiary Education in Nigeria is student going into crime and misbehaviour like cultism, thugery, theft and other demeanor like drug misuse.
You will do the Polytechnic and yourself a lot of good if you shun bad behaviors, cultism and crime in all its ramifications. By so doing you will be partners in progress with the institution and Igbajo Community.
This is another form of latent misbehavior among the student. Any graduate of any tertiary institution should be able to hold up his or her head up to defend the qualification anywhere. When you tumble and wobble into acquiring it through dubious means then your conscience will continue to disturb you anywhere because you acquire you qualification in a dubious Way.
TRADITIONAL NORMS (DO AND DON’T)
Good interpersonal relationship will exist when the tradition of your host community is respected. It is expected from you that in all your dealings with your host community, effort should be made by you to conduct yourself in a manner befitting an educated fellow. Do not follow the multitude to do evil. Do not steal your host or neighbour goat or chicken do not mess with their traditional beliefs or religion as case may be, let your own generation start re-building Nigeria from the level you are in now.
In several respect Nigeria is an odd paradox, the country is abundantly blessed with natural resources yet she suffers on a continuous basis acute shortage of basic necessities. Moreover Nigeria has produced the largest men and women in Black Africa yet when we undertake a head count of the truly great personalities of our race we discovered that indeed Nigeria has not been proliﬁc in great lives. We are dishonest, wicked, irresponsible, self-centered and greed. Under both civilian administration and military regimes the country has been destabilized by corruption, extreme love of office, sycophancy, ethnicity and nepotism. No wonder Prof. Wole Soyinka describe the present generation as a wasted one.
Many of us talking to you now unfortunately belong to that generation. The onus is on you young ones coming or following us to please map out a path of honour and make Nigeria great again.
In this very short lecture, we have been able to see the link between the host community and the Institution. It has been proved that any violation of rules against one will be looked down upon by the other.
I hereby admonish all of you to be of goof behavior in ensuring good social interpersonal relationship between you and your host community. I hereby wish you successful stay at Igbajo.
Thank you God bless.
High Chief Sam O. Oso (FCAI)
(Obaala of Igbajo Land.)
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