From Umar Dankano,Yola.
The recent convocation ceremony organized by the management of Adamawa state Polytechnic for the first time in the twenty seven years of it existence has been greeted with criticism.
Some of the critics observed with dismay that the organizing committee allegedly assembled students who were not graduating dressed in the college’s academic gowns under false pretense noting that the act was a misnomer in academic circle.
“The ceremony was shoddily organized by the convocation committee and is a misnomer,absurd and condemnable especially in academic circle where characters are moulds for uprightness, “ the critics fumed Investigation revealed that only 14 out of the expected 19, 614 graduates showed up for the ceremony.A reason many saw to be why the state governor Muhammadu Bindow decided to boycott it for another function on the convocation ceremony date.
A National Diploma two student,who pleaded anonymity opined that the controversial convocation has dragged the name of the institution in to the mud bringing shame to the staff and students.
He advised that those behind the unfortunate act should be penalized so as to serve as deterrent to others lamenting that it may be the cause the ceremony witnessed low turn out.
Reacting to the criticism, the chairman of the Convocation Committee, Mr Steve Menabete, who lashed out at critics of the convocation accused them of blackmail.
While accepting that they gave some students’ academic gown to pose as graduates, Menabete said there was nothing wrong in that.
“The convocation is purely our business as a polytechnic. It is therefore not the business of anyone to query who we gave our convocation gown to wear.
“All I know we organized a successful convocation and we received a lot of commendation for that,” Menabete said.
The convocation tagged “2009/2000-2016/2017 Combined Convocation Ceremony” is the first convocation by the institution since its establishment in 1991.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Governor of Adamawa, Mr Martins Babale said that it was shocking that the institution was having its first convocation in 25 years.
“To learn that this is the first ever convocation of the institution came to us as a shock. How could this be so? Why will it take the polytechnic 25 years to hold its first convocation? But we are happy that finally we are witnessing such an important ceremony in spite of all the challenges that made it impossible in the past,” Babale said.
Also speaking, the out-going Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Bobboi Umar said the polytechnic was the oldest public tertiary institution in Adamawa state.
“Between the 2009/2010-2016/2017, the polytechnic graduated 19,614 students. Being the first convocation to be held, it’s practically impossible to gather this large number of graduates in a ceremony of this nature.
“However, it worthwhile to converge and commemorate this combine success of the polytechnic in achieving its major objective of providing technical and vocational education in the last 25 years,” Bobboi said.