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The Registry Department on Monday 2nd March, 2020, glamorously celebrated four (4) of its retired Members. Three of them retired after attaining the stipulated age of sixty five (65) while one retired voluntarily from the services of the College. They celebrated members were - Mr Eric Lanre Irhiemi, Mrs J. O Ugonna, Mrs C.T Oke and Mrs R.B. Akinola.
The Deputy Provost, Dr R.A. Soyele representing the Provost applauded the retirees and appreciated the outgoing Registrar’s kind gesture adding that he had balanced situations at all times and that he was the type that carried people along in his administration. Also, he appreciated him for the value he had added to the Registry noting that, people came from far and near to tap from the College’s wealth of experience during his tenure. He therefore prayed for God’s guidance on the outgoing Registrar stressing that, the legacies he left behind would be built on. Dr Soyele thereafter solicited for support for the incoming Registrar, Dr Gabriel Adedayo Adebayo so that his tenure too would be fruitful.
The outgoing Registrar, Alhaji R.A. Akinola, while commenting on the retirees stated that they were worth being celebrated after they had meritoriously served the College. He therefore prayed that the registry would remain indivisible.
Responding on behalf of other celebrants, Mr Eric Lanre Irhiemi, a retired Deputy Registrar, appreciated the College Management and the entire Registry staff who had contributed to the success of the programme. Gifts were thereafter presented to the retirees.
At the retirement party were the Deputy Provost, Dr R.A Soyele; the outgoing and incoming Registrars, Alhaji R.A. Akinola and Dr G.A Adebayo respectively; Chairman Committee of Deans and Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences, Mr S.A Makinde; the College Librarian, Dr G.O Oyewole; Deputy Registrars and Assistant Deputy Registrars; Registry Staff from CONTEDISS nine to fifteen.
The School of Languages, Federal College of Education Abeokuta on Tuesday, 10th March 2020 organised her 14th National Conference themed “LINGUISTICS AND LITERARY STUDIES FOR SOCIO-POLITICAL CHANGE IN NIGERIA”. The Conference which was held at the COEASU Hall of the College had Dr Kikelomo Adeniyi, from Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto Ijanikan, as its keynote presenter and Dr Simeon Idowu Olayiwola, from the Nigerian French Village, Badagry, as the Lead paper presenter.
While juxtaposing the theme of the conference in their various addresses, the Keynote speaker and the Lead paper presenter reiterated the need for a well groomed developmental learning stage for a child, devoid of hate speeches and utterances that could mar the upbringing of the child. The speakers believed that, a child portrays whatever he had learnt from infant pointing out the need to teach children from cradle and instil in them language that would mould them instead of a contrary training. In their separate presentations, they maintained that, language was highly essential in moulding which according to them starts from what was learnt and developed at the early stage of life. They noted that using hate speeches as teaching aids was detrimental to the future of the children and the country in general adding that the Socio-political challenges were the major problems affecting Nigerians and Nigeria which calls for urgent attention.
Earlier, the Deputy Provost, Dr R.A. Soyele while welcoming participants to the Conference, congratulated the Dean for the success recorded adding that, any Dean who organises Conference in his or her school had actually added value to people. He therefore appreciated the Chairman organising Committee, Dr S.A. Fajenyo saying that, he was a zealous person in whatever was assigned to him.
At the conference were the Deputy Provost, Dr R.A Soyele; Registrar, Dr G.A Adebayo, Keynote Presenter, Dr Kikelomo Adeniyi; Lead Paper Presenter, Dr Simion Idowu Olayiwola; College Chairman Committee of Deans, Mr S.A Makinde; Deans of other Schools, Directors, other Staff and Students of the School of Languages.
As part of activities promoting cultural heritage in Nigeria, FCE Staff School on Wednesday, 26th February 2020 celebrated its cultural day in a grand style. Dons from the three major ethnic groups who separately spoke on the cultural values of the languages, maintained that, Cultures could not be separated from Languages. They added that, Language had its specific season and are used based on each season maintaining that Language was used to correct its users. They therefore charged parents to teach their wards in their various dialects.
Highlight of the programme included various cultural songs, “Ewi” rendition, cultural modelling, quiz competition among others.
Present at the programme were Chairman Staff School Management Board, Dr C.A Akintade; the Yoruba don and Director Centre for Advancement, Linkages and Alumni Relations, Dr S. A. Fajenyo; the Igbo don and a Chief Lecturer in Igbo department, Mrs J.I Mbamalu; the Hausa don and an Assistant Deputy Bursar, Mr Yakubu Usman; Staff School PTA Vice Chairman, Mrs Omolara Kuyoro; Headmistress Staff School, Mrs E. O. Opara among others.
The former College Registrar, Alhaji Rafiu Abidemi Akinola, while officially handing over the Registry to his successor, Dr Gabriel Adedayo Adebayo on Monday, 2nd March, 2020 said that, the College Registry remained one big family no matter its challenges.
Alhaji Akinola while appreciating God, who had kept and sustained him in the last ten years in office, noted that the College was lucky that the new Registrar emerged internally. He stated that prayers and words of advice helped in the course of his journey adding that if at any point he had stepped on toes, it was not intentional as he always felt disturbed when anyone was hurt. He therefore solicited support from everyone for the new Registrar noting that he should be given full support and unalloyed loyalty.
Dr G. A. Adebayo in his address returned all glory and appreciation to God Almighty who made it possible for him to emerge as the College Registrar. He reaffirmed that the Registry, the custodian of records, would remain one big family as there would be no division in his tenure adding that due regards would be accorded to everyone and would always tap from the former Registrar’s wealth of experience.
Other speakers at the handover programme admonished the new Registrar to display humility in the discharge of his duties and advised him to always seek for counsel from his predecessor. They appreciated God and the Directorate of Information for initiating an official handover in the history of the College Registry and prayed for its sustainability. They equally prayed that God would grant him the needed wisdom to sail through in the new office.
Representing the Unions, the Chairman NASU, Comrade Waheed Adewuyi appreciated God for the life of Dr Adebayo and also thanked God for the outgoing Registrar saying that the College was peaceful based on his listening ears. He prayed that the outgoing Registrar would continually enjoy God’s favour and prayed that the incoming Registrar emulates his predecessor’s good deeds.
Prayers were then offered to both the outgoing and the incoming Registrar.
The ceremony was witnessed by Directors Information, Audit, Sports Council, Medical Centre, Works and Physical Planning, all Deputy and Assistant Deputy Registrars, Union representatives.
There had been streams of courtesy visits to the new Registrar, Dr G.A Adebayo. Aside the various Schools, Directorates, Departments and Units that came to felicitate and promised their unalloyed support to the new Registrar, Associations like the Association of Women in Colleges of Education, FCE Abeokuta Chapter, FCE Alumni, Rotary Club, Professional bodies where he had Fellowship Awards like the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) also paid him courtesy calls.
Similarly, the Directorate of Information on Monday 9th March, 2020 also paid a courtesy visit to the Registrar. The Director, Mr Bola Adesina, while introducing the College information team to the new Registrar said that there was need for the Registrar to be familiar with the crew because he would be seeing them at various College programmes. He therefore promised him an unalloyed support of the Information Directorate. While responding, Dr Adebayo appreciated the team for coming saying that there was no way the Registrar’s office can do away with the Information Directorate. He therefore noted that the College update produced by the Directorate was not just a paper but an historical reference he thereafter promised his support to the Directorate.