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CHAIRMAN OF COUNCILS SPEECH AT 24TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY.

AN ADDRESS DELIVERED  BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL, KWARA STATE POLYTECHNIC, ILORIN, ALHAJI SALIHU ALHAJI  MUSA ON 24TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY , HELD ON 8TH NOVEMBER, 2017
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- HIS Excellency, Alh. (DR) Abdulfattah Ahmed, The Executive Governor of Kwara State and Visitor to the State Polytechnic, Ilorin. 
- Members of the State Executive Council here  present 
- Members of the State House of Assembly here present 
- Your Royal Highness
- Our distinguished Convocation Guest Speaker and Secretary to the Sokoto State Government
- Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, and Provost of other Institution here present.
- Staff and Students of the Polytechnic
- Graduates of the Day
- Distinguished Guests and Awardees
- Gentlemen of the press,
- Ladies and gentlemen.
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
On behalf of the Governing Council, Principal officers, Management, Staff, Students and entire Polytechnic community, I welcome you all most heartily to the 24th Convocation Ceremony of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin.
Our profound gratitude goes to almighty Allah who gives us the grace and peaceful environment to conduct and participate in another graduation ceremony after the last one held in December 2016.
Our deep gratitude also goes to His Excellency for giving us the opportunity to render our services to Kwara State by appointing us to serve on the Governing Council of this great Institute.
I must specially recognize your Excellency’s presence here today; it is indeed  spirit lifting and heart-warning. However, with what we have seen within the period of Your Excellency’s administration, we can confidently say that hope is not lost.
It is pertinent to appreciate the eminent personalities and leaders, spiritual and temporal, royal fathers, distinguished and honourable members of the national and state assemblies, captains of Industry, academics and indeed all friends and well-wishers of the Polytechnic who have been assisting us and who have decided, despite their tight schedules, to be here today for this important occasion.
Distinguished guests, we are highly impressed and indebted to our resourceful and progressive Rector, Alhaji Mas’ud Elelu for his rugged and articulated approach in elevating the standard of academic and infrastructures in the Polytechnic, Mr. Rector, Kudos to you.
It is worthy of note that the council shares the vision of the Polytechnic management in respect of science oriented courses that were accredited and introduced this academic session.
Your Excellency, Distinguished guests, the Kwara State Polytechnic prides itself as one of the leading Polytechnics in the country in terms of number of accredited programmes.
Much as we appreciate the fact that Government has many other commitments to attend to, I must emphasize that education is one of the major industries in Kwara State and so, no amount of money will be too much to ensure the success of the education sector.
May I crave the indulgence of the eminent personalities at this event to congratulate all our graduands as well as their parents/guardians, families and well-wishers. I would like you graduands to take stock and assess yourselves in the light of the painstaking learning process that you have successfully undergone and get ready to soar in a highly competitive world.
My dear graduands, I candidly advise that you should be ready to put into constructive use that qualitative educational instructions and skills garnered in the polytechnic, to the continued development of our dear country, especially in this period of economic recession.
I urge you to tap from the abundant entrepreneurial skills gained in the polytechnic, to launch yourselves into self-reliance.  Thus, I strongly believe, it  will not only be to your advantage, but complement  government’s  policies towards taking Nigeria away from mono-economy.
For you to get ahead in life, volunteer to do the things no one else wants to do, and do it better. Accept responsibilities.
It will make you stand out, to be  unique and appreciated by others,  you will thus, become indispensible among your pears. Be honest, transparent and shun discrimination along ethnicity, religion, gender and race.
As I congratulate the parents/guardians, and families of these great future leaders on this feat and many more to come, I want to once again welcome your Excellency, the visitor to the polytechnic and Governor of Kwara State, royal father distinguished guests, members of academic board, students union Government, the Polytechnic, Convocation Committee, Staff and entire Students of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, all security agencies gentlemen of the press and all those who have been part of this occasion.
Thank you all and God bless.