By Tayo Joseph Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr. Lateef Olatunji makes waves as new Rector of Federal polythecnic Offa is going through a season of change that had never been witnessed in history of the institution.
As early as 7:30 am, the rector Dr lateef Olatunji arrives office everyday. Students who before now loitered gathered at various bus-stops in the town till 9 a.m no longer do so. Members of staff who used to come late to the office have no choice but to emulate the leadership style of Olatunji.
Apart from punctuality, Olatunji has also introduced changes in other administrative areas of the institution.
The polythecnic may not have witnessed these changes if Olatunji had not turned down the offer of employment in Middlesex University, London where he did his Doctorate degree.
He rejected the job offer because of his passion to come back home and impart knowlegde he had acquired to his people.
Olatunji is the fourth appointed Rector of the Polythecnic President Muhammadu Buhari, approved his appointment, which took effect from December 28, 2016. He is an Economist and Accountant by Profession.
Born on 2nd of December, 1963 in the city of Offa, Dr. Lateef Olatunji, immediately after his elementary education, enrolled at the Anglican College of Commerce, Offa, Kwara State between 1973 to 1978.
He was at the School of Basic Studies, Kwara State College of Technology, now Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin for Advance Level Programme moderated by the highly-famed University of Cambridge between 1979 to 1981, after which he left for Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
He graduated from the University in 1984. In the bid to spice up his academic qualification and complement his knowledge base in Economics with Information andCommunication Technology, Dr. Olatunji enrolled for Certificate in Computing Programme at the Federal Polytechnic, Offa.
His other academic qualifications include Master’s degree in Business Administration and Master of Science in Economics from the University of Ilorin. His burning desire to acquire more knowledge would not make him feel comfortable and as a result, he left Nigeria for Master of Science in Research Methods and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with the Research topic in Essays on Foreign Direct Investment Institutions Output Efficiency and Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan African Countries (SSA) both, from the Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom.
Dr. Olatunji joined the services of the Polytechnic in 1996 as a Senior Lecturer from where he rose to become a Chief Lecturer. He was at different times Head of the Department of Financial Studies (1996-1997); Head of Accountancy Department (1997-2000); Director School of Business and Management Studies (2000-2006);Director PolyConsult (2004-2005); Dean, Student Affairs and Chairman Polytechnic Sports Committee (2009-2011) amongst other duties.
An accounting guru and economist per excellence, Dr. Olatunji is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN); Member, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) and Associate, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).
Enriched with wealth of administrative and academic experiences, Dr. Lateef Ademola Olatunji is married and blessed with children.