By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY â€”Â FORMER Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Danjuma Goje, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Adamu Aliero, are among notable Nigerians that would be conferred with fellowship awards in the forthcoming 17th convoca-tion of the Federal Polytech-nic, Auchi.
Other Nigerians who will also be conferred with the fellowship on the occasion scheduled for November 21, include Chairman, Daar Communication, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, Chief Chris Orode, both of whom are alumni of the polytechnic, and also a post-humous fellowship on late Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Momoh Oshiobele Odao.
Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Philipa Idogho, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen as part of the activities marking the 17th convocation, also disclosed that a total of 7,500 graduates of the institution were expected at theÂ ceremony.
She said that those who would be conferred with the fellowship of the institution were Nigerians who had excelled in their various fields of endeavour, adding that the number of graduates made up of those who graduated from the institu-tion between 2004 and 2009.
According to her, the convocation will be preceded on the 20th by a lecture entitled, The Content of Technical Education Required to Drive Vision 20-20:20, which, according to her, would be delivered by Prof. Jerry Agada, the former Minister of State for Educa-tion.
Explaining why the perso-nalities were chosen for the award, Idogho said, â€œthe late Otaru of Auchi would be recognized posthumously for his foresight and uncom-mon administrative capabi-lity.
â€œHe was the person who provided the land for the establishment of the technical college that has now transformed into Auchi Polytechnic.
â€œGeneral Babangida, on the other hand, was the one who announced the poly-technic as a federal institu-tion when he was President.
â€œThey (recipients) have contributed in no small means to nation building and we want to encourage them by recognising their efforts,â€ she added.