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The Provost, Dr Ayodele A Ajayi has advised Sandwich Students of the College to go overboard in all of their life endeavours.
The Provost, represented by the Chairman, Committee of Deans, Mr A. G Sanya at the orientation and matriculation ceremony of the new Sandwich Students of the Centre for Sandwich and Pre NCE Programmes (CESAPREP) stated that NCE should be a pedestal for all of their academic pursuit and not a terminal one. He urged them to aim for the top in their academic pursuit.
While recalling words of the late veteran actor, Mr Adebayo Faleti, the Dean Languages, urged the students to give an all-round commitment and dedication to their studies so that it could cater for their needs later in life.
With the success of the e-voting deployed in the Students’ Union Government election conducted recently, the College Management has sworn in newly elected Students’ Representative Council and students’ Union Executives for the 2017/2018 Academic session.
The Provost, Dr Ayodele A. Ajayi, who was ably represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr Rafiu A. Soyele at the swearing in ceremony congratulated the College as a whole for the great feat achieved. He noted that few Universities and Colleges of Education in Nigeria conduct their e-voting elections successfully. He then advised tertiary institutions in Nigeria to learn from the College.
Dr Rafiu A Soyele, noted the historic nature of the ceremony, the peaceful conducts of the students and the high sense of maturity displayed by the students during and after the election.
While urging the newly elected executive to embrace team spirit in order to ensure that the College maintains its academic excellence and sustain a peaceful ambience, Dr Soyele reiterated the zero tolerance of the College for Cultism, indiscipline and social vices adding that they should always consult with the Dean, Students’ Affairs for proper guidance.
The Deputy Provost while reacting to the appeal of the SU President on making SU receipt a criteria for collecting school fees receipt, promised that the matter would be discussed with the Provost adding that if it was eventually approved, monies should be spent judiciously. He also stated that they would be made to retire and account for all monies spent.
Speaking at the event, the outgoing Students’ Caretaker Committee Chairman, Comrade Adisa Isiaq, thanked the College Management and the Dean, Students’ Affairs for bringing back Student Union in the College.
In his acceptance speech, the newly elected Students’ Union President, Comrade Bankole Sodiq Ayinde canvassed for both Management and Students’ support, promising to restore the lost glory of student Unionism on campus and to lead a peaceful tenure.
It would be recalled that the decision of the Management to adopt the Students’ Caretaker Committee for the 2016/2017 academic session was due to the chaos that was recorded during that year’s election. However, with the newly inaugurated Students’ Union executive and Students’ Representative Council member, Students’ Union activities have resumed in the College.
The Provost, Dr Ayodele A. Ajayi, while receiving Executives members of the Nigerian Institute of Architects in Ogun State and Architecture students from schools across the State, advised young architects to follow the footsteps of the older generation of Architects in the Country.
He gave this advice while commending and recognising the professional prowess, good work, competency and input of the master planner of the then Federal Advanced Teacher Training College (FATC) now Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Architect Vivian Uku, during his visit to the College.
Dr Ajayi, who expressed pleasure with the Architect’s visit, noted that the College has not recorded any case of collapsed building since inception. He also expressed with concern the alarming rate of collapsed buildings that has bedevilled the Country.
While conveying his happiness, Architects Vivian Uku, who is the only surviving member of the team that established the Nigerian Society of Architects now Nigerian Institute of Architects, said that he was pleased to see the level of progress and the state of arts structures in the College which he gave its master plan 41 years ago. He further celebrated the Provost and members of the College Management for developing and maintaining the institution to the present state.
The visit was witnessed by the Deputy Provost, Dr Rafiu A. Soyele, Bursar, Mr A. O Alabi, Deputy Registrar, Council Affairs, Mr C. O Ajala, College Architect, Arc. Bolaji O. Ayodeji and Executive members of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Arc. Ayo Edun, Arc. Olubodun, Arc. Adeniyi Olugbenga, Arc. Musodiq K. Isiaka among others.
Committed to its drive to ensure full implementation of e-administration in the College, the Management of Federal College Education, Abeokuta has adopted the electronic mode of voting that allowed students of the Institution vote electronically for their preferred candidates in this year’s Students Union election that took place recently.
The e-voting platform which was a shift from the manual ballot system of election was the first of its kind to be introduced in Students Union Election conducted in the College. It recorded huge success with massive turn out of students at the polling centre to explore the innovation.
The Dean Students’ Affairs, Dr. A. Kehinde Badaru, speaking on the effectiveness of the platform said it allowed for transparency and accuracy such that as students voted, it was being monitored and immediately counted electronically. He further stated that the platform was capable of capturing about 6,000 voters in three hours. “The projection is that if 250 students can vote in 5 minutes then, 1,000 students should be able to vote in 20 minutes. But, our estimation is that in 30 minutes, 1,000 students would have voted and when we are talking of 3 hours, 6,000 students would have been captured”, he said.
While expressing their happiness on the development, a student of Physical and Health Education in the School of Science, Mr. Odewale O. Emmanuel, lauded the College Management for the innovation and further appealed that the e-exams already adopted for Education courses be used in the conduct of other courses offered in the College.
Also, another student from the School of Science and an agent to one of the aspirants in the election, Miss Kolawale Zainab, noted that the platform would disallow cheating because of its transparency.
A representative of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Ogun State Chapter, and Chairman, Students Union Electoral Monitoring Team (SUEMT), Comrade Oladimeji Usman, who was at the Election ground, commended the College Management for its initiative explaining that the College has joined other Institutions in Ogun State that have adopted e-voting. He also informed that the College would be the fifth Tertiary Institution in Ogun State his committee would be monitoring their SUG elections.
Comrade Usman further appealed to the College Management to ensure it gives close attention to students’ needs while warning Students in Tertiary Institutions to shun cultism and social vices.
The breakdown of the election results showed that, Bankole, Sodiq A of the School of Vocational Education had 1546 votes to defeat Adeyanju, E. Temidayo who had 1255 votes for the Presidential post while Abdullahi, Hafsoh had 1579 votes to beat Shittabey, O. Abeke 1205 votes for the office of the Vice President. Sodiq, Billiamin Owolabi with 1345 votes lost narrowly to Ogunfowoke, T. Adebowale who was elected as the General Secretary with 1368 votes.
The position of Financial Secretary was won by Salako Olawale Ayomipo with 2643 votes. Elegbede, S. Adewale was elected the Sports Director with popular votes of 1752 against 975 votes of his opponent Adediran, A. Adeshile. The Assistant Secretary position went to Fasasi, A. Oyewola (1326 votes) who defeated Amoko, A. Adedoyin (1295 votes). Other positions were occupied by Oladerin, O. Bukayomi- Treasurer, Sokenu, Azeezat Damilola- Welfare Director and Olaleye Y. Olamilekan- Public Relations Officer (PRO).
Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND while on an oversight visit to the College, appealed to the Provost, Dr Ayodele A. Ajayi to ensure that the Institution complies with Federal character guideline in staff recruitment.
The Chairman of the House Committee, Honourable Aminu Suleiman who appreciated the rich Yoruba cultural heritage of the State lauded the College Management for successfully running the College in the last 41 years adding that it was in tandem with practices of the 21st Century.
He encouraged the Provost to ensure that the College maintains and sustains the level of achievements recorded so far, promising that the Committee would continue to give its supports.
The Provost, Dr Ayodele A Ajayi, who identified the timely visit of the Committee to the College at a time that crucial decisions would be taken on the upgrade of Colleges of Education across Nigeria, expressed optimism that the College would benefit from their Visit and thereafter requested that the College be upgraded to a Degree Awarding Institution going by the quality of facilities and staff available in the College.
Dr Ajayi thereafter briefed the Committee on the challenges facing the College making it known that the College looks forward to the Committee’s support.