The position of Chairman of the Governing Council of a Federal Polytechnic in Nigeria is not an all comers affair as only the most talented, the most competent, the most honest and the most adminis-tratively skilled and technologically versatile can lay claim to the esteemed position and in this regard we unreservedly and unassailably recommend Chief Amoko Rufus Bankole for appointment as a Gov-erning Council Chairman of a creditable Federal Polytechnic in any part of the country as this eminent administrator has shown that he can work with any person, group of persons or institutions as the case maybe regardless of ethnic, religious sectional, linguistic or partisan affiliation.
Indeed with the wealth of experience, technical competence and administrative savvy gained by Dr. Amoko Bankole over the years, he can adequately and professionally manage any institution that he is appointed to head and take it to the top most level in the positive scheme of things.
For instance, he has worked, served and performed credibly well in several secondary and tertiary in-stitutions most notably the Teaching Service Commission of Osun State, Oyere-Apamu Grammar School and most famously Federal Polytechnic, Offa where he held forth for over 20 years variously as Admin Officer, School Officer, Verification Officer, Students Affairs Officer and ultimately as Deputy Registrar, Administration from 2017-2020 having reached the pinnacle of his career while establishing a reputation for wholesome integrity, remarkable efficiency, unmatched competence and firmness of principle and conviction.
Indeed many who have had the good fortune of working with or under the supervision of Chief Amoko Bankole deeply appreciate his thoroughness in carrying out his duties to the letter and ensur-ing due process, the rule of law went the other way as he was not ready to compromise standards or best practices, the rule of law and transparency and accountability in all operations regardless of who-ever was involved. It is either you are ready to work with him assiduously without regard to material or pecuniary considerations or you went the other way as he was not ready to compromise standards or best practices.
As Deputy Registrar, Admin Offa Poly, a highly motivated Chief Amoko Bankole ensured that the oper-ational, administrative, organizational and financial activities of the FPO was restructured, reposi-tioned and recalibrated for a more credible, efficient and responsive service delivery to the students, the guardians/parents, the educational stakeholders and the society at large. He was accommodating and inclusive in his administrative style and welcomed all manner of ideas, opinions and perspectives as far as they were geared towards moving the polytechnic forward in the crucial scheme of things.
He did not discriminate against anyone and also ensured that competent and willing hands were well motivated and also that those that worked under him received their due allowances and other emolu-ments.
He was also very punctual on his desk an enviable trait that was emulated by many of his underlings colleagues and even superiors as a credible work ethic. However, a self-effacing Chief Rufus Bankole does not regard himself as the sole repository of wisdom and knowledge as he ardently listens to oth-ers and accepts advice and admonitions as the case may be.
Indeed a foresighted Chief Amoko Bankole has set his sights on a drastic and far reaching overhaul of the tertiary education sector particularly as regards federal polytechnics. For instance he is firmly of the view that the polytechnic system has a distinct edge over the university system due to the former’s heavy reliance on the practical aspect of inculcating vocational and artisan skills on its students as op-posed to the more theoretical aptitude adopted by the universities.
However as the years have gone by, the polytechnics have been steadily moving away from the voca-tional curriculum and relying more on empirical tutorship at the expense of imparting practical training on its students. Therefore as chairman of a polytechnic governing council or any other leadership posi-tion for that matter, Chief Amoko Bankole will re-introduce practical courses that have been neglected by recent poly administrators.
Also the welfare of the poly students is high on the action-oriented agenda of the versatile education guru as Chief Amoko Bankole prioritizes the construction of more hostels, cafeterias, auditoriums, li-braries and recreational facilities in line with the well-worn adage that all work and no play, makes Jack (or Jill) a dull student.
The payment of scholarship and bursary awards to ameliorate the financial situation of the students and their parents/guardians is also on the short list of Chief Amoko’s revolu-tionary blueprint to turn the Poly sector around and enable much needed breathing space for stu-dents, teachers and other educational stakeholders. Staff welfare and wellbeing will be vigorously pur-sued under Chief Amoko Bankole’s rigorous watch ensuing that staff salaries, allowances and emolu-ments are paid as and when due to boost their overall morale and productivity.
Abbarett wrote in from Abuja