30 things many people do not know about Dr. Oladeji Matthew Olaniyi, the Rector of the Okeogun Polytechnic, Saki.
1. He is a native of Saki,Okeogun area, Oyo State .
2.He was born on April 3,1963 (45 Years).
3. He attended First African Baptist School and obtained a Leaving Certificate in 1975.
4.He subsequently attended Baptist High School, Idi-Araba, Saki where he obtained his West African School Certificate in 1981.
5. He was trained as a Grade II Teacher in the Divisional Teachers’ College, Saki, Oyo State in
6.He was an alumnus of the Great Ifè, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (Second Class Upper Division ) in 1989.
7. He had his Masters degree in Sociology at the University of Ibadan.
8.He was a tutor between 1982 and 1985 at Divisional Schools Board, Saki where he taught Mathematics and Government .
9 Also, taught as a Part-Time NCE Lecturer at the Polytechnic, Ibadan (Saki Campus ) from 1991 to 1994.
10. He joined the Polytechnic Ibadan, Saki Campus as a Principal Lecturer between 1992 and 2008.
11.He became a Principal Lecturer on May 2008 at the Polytechnic,Ibadan ,Adeseun Ogundoyin Campus, Eruwa.
12. He was returned to the Polytechnic of Ibadan, Saki Campus as a Senior Principal Lecturer between 1989 and 1990.
13.He once worked with the Directorate for Social Mobilization (NYSC) as a Political Education Officer.
13.He was once the General Secretary, National Association of Okeogun Students, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife between 1988 and 1989.
14. The President , National Association of Baptist High School, Saki, Old Students between 1988 and 1989.
15.Former Association Editor, POLIK (Journal of Political Science Students Association ) Obafemi Awolowo University , Ile-Ife.
16.He once served as an Overseer ,Part-Time NCE, at the Polytechnic of Ibadan, Saki between 1993 and 1994
17. A Coordinator , Remedial Programme for SSCE Students from 1996 to 1999.
18.A Coordinator, Certificate in Personnel Management Course, The Polytechnic of Ibadan, Saki Campus between 1999 and 2001.
18. Chairman,Academic Standard Monitoring Committees, The Polytechnic Ibadan,Saki Campus now Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki from 2005 till date.
19.Members, Editorial Board Environ Scope: A multi-disciplinary journal (The Polytechnic, Saki between 2008 and 2009.
20.Chairman,Committee on Investigation of burnt Cassava farm on February, 2008.
21. A Head of General Studies Department, Saki Campus between 2000 and 2003, February,2009 and September 2009 ; October 2010 and 2012 to 2013
22. Chairman, Sports Advisory Committee between October ,2009 and 2013.
23. He served as the Chairman, Committee of HODs, The Polytechnic , Ibadan , Saki Campus now Okeogun Polytechnic , Saki between 2000 and 2002, 2010 and 2012 ;
24.Member, Institutional Journal of Humanities and Management of The Polytechnic of Ibadan from December,2011 to July 2014.
25.He was a member, Take-off implementation Committee of the Technical University, Ibadan Oyo State , Nigeria in September ,2012.
26.He was also the Director, The Polytechnic of Ibadan, Saki now Okeogun Polytechnic from November,2012 to 2014.
27.He was the Pioneer Acting Rector and later the substantive Rector of The Okeogun Polytechnic , Saki, Oyo State from July 10 th ,2014 till date.
28. He is the first Okeogun indigene to become a Rector.
29.He became a Fellow of The Institute of Chattered Portfolio Management of Nigeria in 2014.
30 He obtained a PGD (Financial Management) Consultancy Service Certificate from the University of Ibadan in 2000.
As a Rector, here is a list of few things he has achieved :
The institution which was established in November, 1981, was granted autonomy functionally in July, 2014 when four (4) principal officers were appointed, 2 of whom are of Saki extraction. Since July, 2014, the institution has continued to grow in leaps and bounds.
As a result of revalidation of the institution; and accreditation of new programmes and re-accreditation of existing programmes by the regulatory body, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Kaduna, the number of students in TOPS has tremendously increased. This has positively impacted on the economy of the town as transporters, landlords and supermarkets owners now smile to the banks.
3.ACCREDITATION OF NEW COURSES
By the grace of God, after the autonomy, new courses have been accredited in 2016. Among others, the following courses have been accredited:
Higher National Diploma (HND) Level
1. Architectural Technology
2. Building Technology
3. Estate Management and Valuation
4. Urban and Regional Planning
5. Food Science Technology
6. Agricultural Extension and Management
7. Soil Science
4.National Diploma (ND) Level
1. Transport Planning and Management
2. Science Laboratory Technology
3. Statistics (Mathematics/Statistics
4. Computer Science
As soon as we have more facilities and personnel, more programmes at HND and ND levels will be slated for accreditation. The institution spent about One Hundred Million Naira (N100,000,000.00), sourced internally, for procurement of equipment and erection of structures for the purpose of the accreditation. We received help to the tune of Fifty Thousand Naira each from Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. We are eternally grateful to these bodies.
Within two years of autonomy, the volume of infrastructural development has almost overtaken what we met on ground for over 32 years. The following are the new projects in the institution:
1. Ultra Modern Library (A storey building).
2. Faculty of Science (A storey building comprising of over 30 offices).
3. Faculty of Business and Communication Studies (Comprising of over 30 offices).
4. Faculty of Environmental Studies (A storey building comprising of over 60 offices and 2 studios).
5. 500-Seater Lecture Theatre.
6. Food Science Technology Laboratory (housing three laboratories)
7. Veterinary Clinic for Agricultural Technology.
8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre – 275-Capacity that has been accredited by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as a Centre for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
9. Befitting Deputy Rector’s Complex.
10. Registrar’s Lodge
Besides the structures listed above, the underlisted are the renovations carried out:
1. Chemistry Laboratory
2. Old Library (Converted to 2 Large Lecture Rooms)
3. Security Office.