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The Seventh Governing Council led by Alhaji AbdulRahaman Shehu together with the College Management on Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 visited prominent Egba Monarchs and the Commissioner of Police in the State.
In their separate addresses, the Royal Fathers, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, HRM Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo Okukenu IV, the Agura of Gbagura, HRM Oba Saburee Babajide Bakre and the Olu of Osiele, Oba Williams Olufemi Olowonyo congratulated the Provost for the removal of Ag. in his title stating their optimism about greater things being achieved in the College. They thereafter prayed that the College would continue to move from strength to strength and that it would soon be upgraded to a degree awarding Institution.
The Council Chairman Alhaji AbduRahaman Shehu informed the Monarchs that there was no way they would come to their territory without paying homage to them having heard of their unflinching supports for the College. The Council Chairman therefore promised to make FCE Abeokuta better than he met it.
Earlier, the Provost Dr R.A Soyele in his address appreciated the Royal Fathers and informed them that President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR had granted him the approval to be the College substantive Provost.
In the same vein, at the Ogun State Police Command Headquarters, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Edward Awolowo Ajogun remarked that FCE Abeokuta was relatively peaceful and that if other Institutions could emulate the College, Police could go to sleep without watching adding that the Police would continually maintain peaceful environment for Nigerians. The CP, while assuring citizens of the Police availability stressed that Students were expected to be more security conscious, shun every forms of vices. He thereafter advised Staffers of the institution to be mindful of female students’ relationship and sexual harassment saying that everyone should display personal integrity in offices held.
While appreciating the Commissioner of Police, the Provost noted that the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta was generally noted for peace and excellence adding that the College had zero tolerance for any form of misdemeanour. Soyele informed that FCE Abeokuta staffers, who remained disciplined, always avoided any form of amorous relationships. He therefore sought further support of the Police as the College was involved with moulding teenagers and youths.
The Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo recently commissioned two newly constructed buildings at the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta.
The new Science Complex which was named after the Paramount Ruler was to mark his 78th birthday celebration. He commissioned the Christian Religious Studies Complex alongside while Chief Captain Raji commissioned an 820 metres stretch roads network and the representative of the Honourable Minister for Education on Council, Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim commissioned theStudents’ Affairs Building.
While commissioning the Science complex, Oba Gbadebo remarked that Science needed to be given more recognition and preference in Teacher training as Science was life.
Earlier, both the Student Union President and FCE National Alumni President welcomed and thanked Alake for all he had done and also for fulfilling his promise that an alumnus emerged as the substantive Provost. They equally thanked the Council Chairman, representative of the Honourable Minister for Education on Council and the Egbas for supporting Dr Rafiu Adekola Soyele in becoming the College Provost.
The Seventh Governing Council, Federal College of Education (FCE) Abeokuta has approved the appointment of Dr Rasaki Abiodun Badaru as the Deputy Provost of the College.
In a memorandum signed by the College Registrar, Dr G.A Adebayo, the appointment was for an initial period of two (2) years in the first instance.
The statement read in parts, “I am pleased to convey to the College community the cheery news of the appointment of Dr Rasaki Abiodun Badaru as the Deputy Provost of the College as approved by the 7th Governing Council. The appointment is for an initial period of two (2) years in the first instance, and with effect from 14th October, 2021”.
“On behalf of the Management, Staff and Students of the College, I heartily congratulate our new Principal Officer on this career distinction and pray that his tenure of office ushers in remarkable growth and advancement for the College on all fronts”.
It would be recalled that until his appointment as the Deputy Provost, he was the Dean Student Affairs, former Director Academic Planning, former Dean School of Vocational Education, former Head of Department Home Economics and had also served in various capacities in the College.
The College Governing Council at one of its statutory meetings held recently observed Management’s total commitment to building Human Capacity by regularly sponsoring and granting approvals to embark on Training Programmes and Courses based on the nature of the proposed course of Study, Council however noted with concern actions of some Staff who embarked on Programmes not approved by the College and upon completion expected Management to recognise these certificates for conversion and upgrading purposes. Council therefore decided as follows:
I. Staff who have obtained additional Certificates and qualifications without necessary and appropriate approvals from the College Management be given a window of three months not later than 27th December, 2021 within which to make necessary official submission to the College;
II. Staff who have embarked and are currently on different stages of the unauthorised programmes that would lead to the award of additional Certificates and qualifications without necessary and appropriate approvals from the College Management were equally given three months not later than 27th December, 2021 within which to officially notify the College;
III. Without prejudice to the provisions of the College Guidelines on Staff Conversion, the categories of Staff in (I) and (II) above shall not be eligible for consideration for conversion or upgrading of appointment until a minimum of three years from the date of the close of the window (27th December, 2021);
IV. Without prejudice to the provisions of the College Guidelines on the Conversion of Staff, the category of Staff who have embarked and are currently on unauthorised Programmes which would lead to the award of additional Certificates and qualifications without necessary and appropriate approvals from the College Management shall equally not be eligible for consideration for conversion or upgrading of appointment until a minimum of three years from the date of submission and notification of the acquired qualifications;
V. That henceforth, additional Certificates and qualifications obtained by any Staff without appropriate and necessary approvals from the College Management SHALL NOT BE RECOGNISED either for the purpose of updating records, conversion or upgrading of appointment and the Council shall not entertain further appeals in such regard.
College Community should note the above and be guided accordingly please.
Colleges of Education Staff Union (COEASU) Federal College of Education Abeokuta branch organised its maiden edition of the Teachers day Programme to celebrate themselves as teachers and award some members who had meritoriously served in various capacities. The theme for this year’s Teacher’s day was “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”.
It would be recalled that the World’s Teacher’s Day was marked 5th October and the day was a UNESCO day of observance, which was first held on 5th October, 1994 and has been marked on that same day every year. Teacher’s day was introduced to highlight the contributions and achievements of education workers around the globe, as well as drawing attention to teachers’ objectives in their workplaces.
The Provost, Dr R.A Soyele while speaking at the programme congratulated the COEASU Chairman and her team for organising such a laudable programme adding that the Chairman was a woman of action and the first to organise such a programme since inception of COEASU in the College.
Speaking further, Soyele noted that professionally, Teachers could not be swept aside saying that teachers impart knowledge, which according to him, make them popular around the world. He thereafter appreciated all Staff for their support during the period he was the acting Provost and therefore sought for more support as the substantive Provost so that the College would move to enviable heights.
While welcoming members to the programme, the Chairman COEASU FCE Abeokuta branch Comr. Dr O. O. Oni emphasised the need to honour teachers adding that gone were the days when Teachers’ rewards were in heaven. According to her, teachers’ rewards were right here on earth and should be highly recognised because they were moulders and builders of other Professions.
Speaking on Ethics of the Teaching Profession, a former member of Council and a Chief Lecturer in English Department, Dr Bolapade Ige described teachers as the ones showing the way, guide and imparter of knowledge among others. She highlighted some points which according to her were unethical for the teaching Profession and these included but not limited to - Teachers not attending Lectures when they ought to, making an hour lecture to half an hour because of lack of preparation, failure of the Teacher to conduct continuous assessment, male teachers having amorous affairs with female students for marks among many others. She therefore advised Teachers to be disciplined, honest, contented and perform up to expectation.
Highlight of the programme included goodwill messages from the Father and Mother of the day, Alhaji N.O. Sodipe, a retired Chief Lecturer from the School of Languages and Dr F.A.O. Akinnusi also a retired Chief Lecturer from the School of Vocational Education, the occasion was adorned with songs by elders of the Union, cultural dance, “Ewi” rendition among other activities.