The Rector, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ojo, Mr. Ayodeji Iginla, has called on students in the country to shun anti-social acts, saying engaging in such behaviours would ruin their future.
Iginla said this while receiving the LASPOTECH’s team to the just- concluded 2nd West African Polytechnic Games (WAPOGA) in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast in his office on Friday.
According to him, students should engage themselves in profitable activities such as sports, talents’ development efforts and particularly academic activities that would enhance their success in life.
“We appreciate you for representing the polytechnic well in Cote D’ivoire but I will like to warn you and other students that involvements in anti-social behaviour such as cultism, prostitution and criminality will only give you pains later in life, so desist from such acts,” he said.
Iginla added that the institution would always reward students who make LASPOTECH proud in academics, sports and in other area of human endeabour.
He pledged the readiness of the school to sponsor any deserving student or group of students to programmes that would enable them to develop their talents.
The rector told the students including the Students’ Union’s Sports Director, Mutiu Olanrewaju that the institution would formally host and reward them at a date to be announced later
Earlier, the institution’s Chief Coach, Josey Ogunbowale, who led the team to Cote d’Ivoire, had told the rector and the principal officers of the institution that that the team won 19 medals at the event. Giving a breakdown of the medals, Ogunbowale said that two of the medals were gold, nine silver, while the remaining eight were bronze.
He added that LASPOTECH participated in six games, athletics, tennis, judo, taekwando, chess and swimming. The Polytechnic , he said, won medals in four of the games, Judo (1 gold), tennis (1 gold, 3 silver), Chess (6 bronze) and athletics (6 silver, 2 bronze).
Thirty-nine polytechnics from Nigeria, Tamale, Sunyani, Takoradi, Cape Coast, Ho, Koforidua, Accra and Kumasi Polytechnics from Ghana and one Polytechnic each from Benin, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso participated in the games
Similarly students of the Mashood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State won seven gold medals, one silver, and two bronze medals to secure the 5th position in the sports fiesta.
The team’s 7 gold medals came from Badminton while the remaining three medals came from athletics.
The trio of Adekunle Idowu, Bamidele Fadipe, and Yahya Sulaimon won gold in the men’s team event, while the girls, Laide Badru, Ngozi Kalu, and Anu Ojo recorded the same feat in the women’s team event.