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Demonstrating a democratic style of leadership, the Provost, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta Dr Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi has stressed his readiness to allow free flow of suggestions, ideas, opinions and memos, from members of staff in other to promote the College administration.
The Provost while speaking at the first 2017 staff forum held at the College Aduke Maina Hall after his re-appointment for the second term in office applauded members of staff and Union for their roles in making his re-appointment as Provost a reality. He commended them for their diligent, commitment to work as evidenced in their disposition to their primary assignments.
Dr A. A Ajayi noted that the purpose of the forum was for clarification of crucial issues, an avenue for management to recognize the inputs as well as opinions of staff among others. In his words “this staff forum is something we have to do and I have said that at least once in a quarter it should be held”.
On Promotion exercises, the Provost explained that it was the duty of the Federal Government to give necessary promotion stating that government conducts and gives approval for the exercise. Also, relating to staff training and development, Dr A. A Ajayi, revealed that TETFUND has increased the fund for Masters and PhD programmes.
While speaking on Professional ethics and excellence, the Provost, appealed to staffers to work according to government regulations urging them to continue doing their jobs adequately.
Other matters extensively addressed by the Provost at the forum included staff salaries and payments of arrears, Promotion, Convocation ceremony, College projects, Health and Security, maintenance of infrastructures to mention but a few.
The Provost Dr A. A. Ajayi has reiterated the focus of his administration in ensuring that the college maintained its status as the centre of academic excellence and has also said the enviable feat would not be compromised.
The Provost while addressing the PDE students at the orientation programme organised by the Centre for Sandwich and Pre-NCE Programme (CESAPREP), Federal College of Education, Abeokuta at the Music recital hall on April 21st, 2017 made it known that the college had not recorded failure in all of its programmes and as such the college’s drive to produce students who are record-breakers would be pursued vigorously.
Dr A.A Ajayi ably represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele, emphasized teachers’ relevance in the society adding that the PDE students should be proud of the teaching profession and always present themselves as professional teachers.
On the need to make hard work a point of duty, the Deputy Provost urged them to cultivate good reading habit and attend classes regularly. He further advised them to subject themselves to serious reading due to their calling as custodians of knowledge “show me a teacher that has stopped to read and I will show you a teacher that has ceased to exist” he quoted.
As part of its drive to produce graduates that are marketable, Dr Soyele stated that the college forbids “runs” and further made it known that PDE students are required to be studious and dedicated to becoming professional teachers.
On the non-recognition of the PDE by Ogun state Government, the Deputy Provost made it known that politics was involved and therefore assured them of tireless efforts being made to get it recognized by the state.
Earlier in his address, the Director CESAPREP, Dr Ben Edegbai, advised the students to submit their transcripts in time adding that at the end of the programme the students would be given certificate and be inducted as professional teachers under TRCN.
He further encouraged them to make proper documentation at the administrative unit so as to be recognised as students of the programme. He concluded by saying “what is worth doing at all is worth doing well”.
In her own address, the Ogun State TRCN coordinator, Mrs O. Oniyide who made the students understand that TRCN was the apex regulatory body for teacher education in Nigeria, educated the new PDE students on the needed requirements for pursuing PDE and further told them that with TRCN license they would have the privileged to practise as professional teachers anywhere in the world.
Mrs Oniyide congratulated them for choosing to become Professional teachers by running the programme. She revealed that TRCN had issued a standing order that by December 2017 all teachers who were not registered members would leave the classroom.
The College Librarian, Dr G. O Oyewole represented by Mr M. M. B Ogunleye, urged the students to make regular use of the library in order to enhance their study.
A Mathematics Don who has identified poor funding of tertiary education in Nigeria as a major constraint to its survival and development called for a sufficient increase in funds for running the Education sector.
Professor M. Kolawole Akinsola, Dean Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan made this notion at the opening ceremony of the First National Conference of the Centre For Advancement, Linkages And Alumni Relations (CEFALAR), Federal College of Education Abeokuta on the topic entitled “Enhancing The Promotion And Advancement of Tertiary Education In Nigeria: The Role of Stakeholders”.
The educationist, who is an alumnus of Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, while speaking at the conference, made it known that good inputs by stakeholders’ was required to engender all-round development of tertiary education in Nigeria, bearing in mind that the sector is cost consuming and capital intensive. According to him “the inputs matter if the outputs will be better’”.
While laying emphasis on the crucial roles of Alumni as external stakeholder, the Don who had served as visiting lecturer at the University of Botswana for four years, appealed to members of Federal College of Education, Abeokuta Alumni association present at the conference to collectively contribute to the advancement of F.C.E Abeokuta by raising funds and reaching out to other alumni who are less bothered. He stated “wherever we find ourselves we need to be ready to help, the approach by which we reach out to alumni have been poor”.
He further urged Federal Government to key into UNESCO’s 26% budget allocation for education, making reference to Ghana which allocates more than the recommended percentage for the education.
The Provost, Dr A. A Ajayi, ably represented by the Deputy Provost expressed happiness on the reality of the First National Conference of the Centre, celebrated the former Provost and founder Centre for Advancement (CEFAD) now Centre for Advancement, Linkages And Alumni Relations (CEFALAR), Dr kunle Filani, who was also the Chairman of occasion. He thereafter appreciated the Convener and the incumbent Director of the centre, Dr S.A Fajenyo for lifting the Centre to a greater height.
The Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele, further submitted that stake holding roles, if properly played would go a long way in advancing the coast of tertiary education in Nigeria. He expressed optimism that the conference would solve lingering problems in the Education Sector.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman, Dr Kunle Filani, who expressed joy with the number of alumni present at the convention described it as a comeback home for all alumni. He further noted that the conference would be an eye opener for all stakeholders with the calibre of scholars invited to speak at the event.
In his own address, the Director CEFALAR, Dr S.A Fajenyo, declared that the conference was to show case the Centre to the public. He promised that the papers so presented at the conference would be assessed and published accordingly.
Also, present at the conference were, the lead paper presenter I, Professor S. Adebisi Onasanya, who is the Head of Department, Educational Technology, University of Ilorin; lead paper presenter II, Comrade Femi Keshinro of the Department of Technical Education, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education and former member F.C.E, Abeokuta, Governing Council.
The College Registrar, Mr R.A Akinola, Deans, Directors, representatives of COEASU, SSUCOEN, NASU, representative of Federal College of Education, Zaria, the National President F.C.E Abeokuta Alumni association, Mr Temitope Balogun, CEFALAR Board Members and Scholars from all walks of life were also in attendance at the opening ceremony of the CEFALAR Conference.
The Deputy Registrar/Administrative Secretary, Computer Centre and Services of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Mr Rasheed Afolabi Dada has been appointed as the Registrar of Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos.
The appointment is for a period of five years in the first instance and renewable after a satisfactory performance.
Mr R.A Dada joined the services of the College in 1993 as an Administrative Officer I and he rose through the ranks to the position of a Deputy Registrar in 2006. The Yewa born administrator served as Deputy Registrar, Admissions and Certificate Verification between 2007 and 2011, Deputy Registrar/ Admin Secretary, Centre for Degree Programmes (CEDEP) between 2011 and 2014. While on sabbatical appointment at FCE Okene, he was the Deputy Registrar, Sabbatical/ Pensions Unit and until his appointment as the Registrar, he was the Deputy Registrar/ Administrative Secretary, Computer Centre and Services F.C.E Abeokuta.
Born on June 30, 1963 at Ilaro in Ogun State, Mr Dada attended Nawair- Ud-Deen and Abeokuta Grammar Schools between 1973 and 1981 respectively. He proceeded to the University of Lagos, Lagos where he bagged a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History (1984), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the same institution. He further obtained a Masters’ degree in Educational Management from the University of Ilorin in 1996.
The new Registrar is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and an Associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.
College Update rejoices and felicitates with him and the College for this great achievement.
In its mandate to boost the e-administration drive of the Provost, Dr A. A Ajayi, the Information and Communication Technology Unit of the College would henceforth conduct assessment tests and examinations using the Computer Based Test (CBT) for Education and General Studies Courses (GSE).
As a landmark achievement in the history of the college, a step by step guide on how to make use of the platform was organised for 100 and 200 level students at the college Smart Hall between Monday 10th April and Tuesday 11th April, 2017.
The Director ICT, Mr S. Agholor declared that the CBT platform would be used to conduct the forth coming examination in the College and also for subsequent examinations.
College Update congratulates College Management for this great and laudable feat!