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ALHAJI SAIDU ISA CHAIRS THE 6TH GOVERNING COUNCIL OF FCE ABK

Sequel to the reconstitution of the Governing Councils of Federal Colleges of Education in Nigeria by the Federal Government and the subsequent inauguration of the Councils by the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, Alhaji Saidu Isa (OFR) was sworn in as the 6th Governing Council Chairman of the College on Thursday, 25th May, 2017 at Abuja.

Alhaji Saidu Isa, an indigene of Lafiagi in Edu Local Government of Kwara State started his education at N. A Primary School Lafiagi but later moved to N.A Senior Primary School Patigi for his primary School Education. He was at Government (now Barewa) College, Zaria, between 1954 and 1967 where he obtained the West African Secondary School Certificate (WASSCE) and the Higher School Certificate (H.S.C). In his quest for more knowledge, he bagged a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Administration between 1968 and 1971 and also a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 1978 from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU).

His administrative prowess began when he secured an appointment with the Kwara State Civil Service as an Administrative Officer in 1971.

After serving as an Administrative Officer, Alhaji Saidu Isa (OFR) rose through the ranks and was made a Permanent Secretary in Kwara State Civil Service on 1st July, 1986. Specifically he served as Permanent Secretary at the Ministries of Health, Education, Finance and Economic Development .He retired voluntarily from Civil Service after twenty-one (21) years of productive Service to Kwara State on 29th February, 1992.

As a reward of his diligence, the new Governing Council Chairman secured another appointment as a member of Transitional Council by the then Gen. Ibrahim Babangida’s (Rtd) administration and was sworn in as Minster of State for Foreign Affairs in 1993. He was thereafter re-appointed member of the Interim National Government and retained the portfolio of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. In 2001, he was rewarded with the National Honour of O.F.R (Officer of the Order of Federal Republic) by the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR).

He was a delegate member representing Kwara State in the National Political Reform Conference, Abuja in 2005. He became the Pro Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Kwara State on 10th November, 2015 a position he is holding till date.

Owing to his leadership traits, he has been at the lead of several Committees within and outside Kwara State Public Service, such as Committee on Review of Chieftaincy Tittles, Committee on the Asset and Liability sharing for Kwara , Kogi and Niger States to mention but a few.

He is a Patron of the Institute of Administrative and Corporate Secretaries and the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Lafiagi Descendant Development Union (LADDU). He is also a member of Barewa Old Boys Association (BOBA) and holds the Chieftaincy titles of the Afiwajoye of Ekan Land and the Wali of Lafiagi.

Alhaji Saidu Isa (OFR) is happily married with Children.

STEP B VISITS PROVOST… STARTS NEW PROJECTS SOON

The Provost, Dr A. A. Ajayi has expressed his gladness over the Step B Project Intervention that has contributed tremendously to the development of the College.
Dr A. A Ajayi who expressed his happiness while receiving members of Step B Project team in his office on Monday 5th June, 2017, made it known that the College has efficiently sustained the Project Intervention that has brought about remarkable improvement in ICT and the College Farm.

He further, explained that Step B Project Intervention was merged with the Directorate of Computer Centre and Services as a result of the impact of ICT intervention felt by the College and also to keep Step B Project account active. He thereafter, appealed that the College should continue to be beneficiary of Step B.

The Step B National Project Coordinator, Mrs. Takerchin Grace, who made it known that the main purpose of the visit, was to assess the impact of Step B Project which started in 2008, expressed her satisfaction with the applaudable impacts of the intervention in FCE Abeokuta but lamented that some institutions failed to use some of the equipment and facilities provided effectively.

She also revealed that World Bank has permitted presentation of proposals for new projects adding that the assessment tour was to collate all proposals from institutions that were beneficiaries as leverage for new projects that would be embarked by them later in the year.

The Director Computer Centre and Services and Step B Project Coordinator in the College, Mr S. Agholor, who cited cases of how the Step B project Intervention has affected the College positively, appreciated the Step B team for the facilities and equipment that have led to improvement in academic activities and have also availed the College of bagging an award of the best tertiary institution in ICT two consecutive times- 2012&2013 “Step B project intervention has led to the establishment of a functional Cyber café named “Step B cyber café”, made the College the First tertiary institution to run CBT Centre solely without external consultant, brought about free one hour internet usage by all staff and students of the College” said the Director. He further, disclosed that the Mikano generator, the Inverter, the farm tractor, equipment and facilities in the ICT Centre as well as the Mast facilitated by step B were all in good working condition.

CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ABEOKUTA DIOCESE VISITS PROVOST

It was shower of prayers on the College Management, Staff, Students and Nigeria as the Bishop, Diocese Catholic of Abeokuta, Most Reverend Dr Peter Olukayode Odetoyinbo Pays courtesy visit to the Provost, Dr A. A Ajayi, on Friday 9th June, 2017.

The visit according to the Bishop was part of the activities to flag off his visit to all Chaplaincies under the Odeda Local Government in Ogun State. He also appreciated the College Management for accommodating the students and giving them freedom of worship.

He therefore, pledged his support and continuous prayers for the College Management stressing that the Catholic mission will continue to do all that was required of it to ensure that the College progresses.

The Provost, Dr. A. A Ajayi who was ably represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele described the visit as a divine blessing to the College. He said, “your visit to see how things are being done under you, shows the administrative acumen that you have. We are happy that Catholics are adding value to the College System. Since the establishment of the College we have not experienced religious riot. We want you to continue praying for the College Management, for more peace in the College and in the Country”.

The visit was witnessed by the, Registrar, Mr R. Abidemi Akinola, Librarian; Dr Godwin O Oyewole; Head Internal Audit, Mr Lawrence G. Ogunwole; Director SERVICOM, Mrs Chuka J. Momoh; College PRO, Mr Stanislaus A. Adesina; Deputy Registrar, Special duties, Mr Damola Adegbite and other Catholics members of staff.

CEDEP GETS NEW DIRECTOR

The College Management ably led by the Provost, Dr Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi, has approved the appointment of Dr Basil Ledogo Wikina as the new Director for Centre for Degree Programmes (CEDEP). CEDEP is the arm of the College that runs degree programmes in affiliation with the University of Ibadan.

The appointment according to the release signed by the Registrar, Mr R. Abidemi Akinola, would take effect from 1st July 2017 to 31st May 2019 for a term of two years.

The duty of the Director according to the release include, headship of the Directorate, planning of academic activities and revenue generation for the Centre, thorough supervision of all staff attached to the Directorate, preparation and presentation of budget to the Board of CEDEP among other duties as may be assigned by the Board of CEDEP or College Management.

The College Community through the College Update congratulates and felicitates with the new CEDEP Director on his appointment.

DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS STAGES “2017 FESTIVAL OF PLAYS”

Department of Theatre Arts of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, had her annual edition of festival of Plays between Tuesday 20th June and Thursday 22nd June, 2017 at the Department’s Auditorium.

The popular books “Trials of Brother Jero” by the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, and the “Broken Necklace” by Sam Amoo were among plays performed at the festival. The festival also featured danced - Badagry dance, Fumefume dance and Hip-Hop dance.