Before now, the general belief of many people, particularly average Nigerians is that private educational institutions are extremely expensive, and they are made for children of the rich. But Crown Polytechnic, Odo, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State is changing the narrative by providing quality education that is affordable to all.
Located in a serene environment along Ado Ekiti-Ilawe road, Crown Polytechnic, with aesthetic structures, has become a brand that is reckoned with when referring to education providers in Ekiti state.
Crown Polytechnic, the first private Polytechnic in Ekiti State was licensed on the 8th of January, 2008 by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, and to operate fully having complied and met the operational requirements.
The institution has the mandate to issue National Diploma and Higher National Diploma certificates in the following schools; Engineering, Applied Science, Environmental Studies, and Business Management studies, with over 14 different courses already accredited by the NBTE.
Prospective students can pursue a career in Computer Engineering, Electrical Electronics, Computer Science, Science Laboratory Technology (Micro Biology Option), Fisheries Technology, Statistics, Architectural Technology, Building Technology, Estate Management & Valuation, Quantity Surveying, Urban & Regional Planning, Accountancy, Business Administration & Management, and Public Administration.
The Polytechnic, possessing the penchant for excellent and consistently adding value to training through innovation, research, and scholarship, creates opportunities for students to acquire and develop their skills in different vocations with the establishment of an entrepreneurial center.
The main vision of the founder, Mr. Clement Olufemi Ajisola Esq. is to have a Polytechnic that is International in scope and cosmopolitan in outlook. “Our approach here is revolutionary and we do not doubt that our diplomats ought to be entrepreneurs on successful completion of their respective programmes.”
He believes that quality education should not only be an exclusive right of children of the rich, those from poor backgrounds too should have access to the same benefits being enjoyed by the rich. This necessitated the establishment of the institution.
To achieve this, the institution has made tuition fees affordable and provided a flexible mode of payment for all students. Little wonder children of the poor, low-class salary earners are among those enrolled to study in the school. That, however, does not reduce the quality of facilities put in place to enhance learning.
In November 2013, Crown Polytechnic received the 3rd prize award at the 2nd National Education Innovations Exhibition from the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria. This indeed is one of the numerous achievements of the institution.
The Polytechnic has a mission conceptualized in a statement as follows: “Crown Polytechnic will be a first-class manpower provider for the Nigeria Economy in the field of technology and management through the provision of a purposeful and qualitative Polytechnic education and training for the teeming Nigerian Youths.” No doubt, the Polytechnic has continued to live up to its vision and mission for which it was established.
Prospective students are assured that they will be making the right choice by choosing Crown Polytechnic. This is because the school is known for academic excellence, good hostel accommodation, conducive learning environment, certified lecturers, an uninterrupted academic calendar, and above all there is guaranteed security.
The Polytechnic has well-equipped laboratories and workshops with modern tools that could enhance students learning.
Crown Polytechnic understands the importance of Information Technology in this modern age, hence, it put in place a well-furnished and equipped ICT center to aid students’ knowledge so that they can be able to compete favourably with their counterparts in the labour market.
Apart from infusing knowledge, the institution is also known for molding the characters of teeming youths. Students are being trained on how to be respectful, responsible, disciplined, and useful in the society.
Another unique thing about Crown Polytechnic is that it has continued to maintain its academic calendar making it ahead of its contemporaries. When other institutions are still struggling to complete the 2020/2021 session the institution already commenced the 2021/2022 academic session.
This is made possible through the efforts of the management of the institution, particularly the Rector, Mr. Kolawole Ajisola, who has been working relentlessly to ensure a hitch-free academic session.
No doubt, the institution has continued to live to its expectations and mission statement with new developments being witnessed both in terms of infrastructure and human capital.
Graduates of Crown Polytechnic are all over the states of the federation and doing well in their chosen professions. At present, those who have just concluded their programmes are currently preparing to undergo the compulsory National Youth Service.
Apart from bringing up the social life of the host community, Odo, the establishment of the institution has helped in improving the economy of residents who are engaged in trade or handwork. It has in no small measure impacted the lives of the people and encouraged many of them to learn one trade or the other, and being patronized by students of the institution.
Of course, landlords in the community have good reasons to smile as they give out their houses for rent to students who choose to live off-campus. This indeed is one of the numerous benefits being enjoyed by the host community.
As parents, you have our assurances that when you send your children to us, you may go to bed to sleep, and we will surely bring out the best in them.
Ajagbe Stephen is the Public Relations Officer
Crown Polytechnic, Odo, Ado Ekiti