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The Former Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Honourable Dimeji Bankole has blamed Nigerian Teachers for the current trend of poor leadership, lack of character and economic decline in Nigeria and warned of a bleak future for Nigerian youths.
Honorable Bankole made this disclosure on Thursday, 22nd of September, 2016 while delivering the 2nd distinguished guest lecture of the Registry arm of the Federal College of Education Abeokuta titled “Teachers’ quality, competitiveness and employability: defining the roles of College Administrators and Academics”
The former Speaker stated that “our schools are inflexible and pedantic and our teachers uninspired with the necessary skills to enhance learning and inspire creative instincts in students.
He said “how will our children invent and experiment, if their teachers themselves are not trying new things, or expanding their retinue and skills adding that the former are impressionable and rely on the latter to demonstrate how life should be approached”.
Citing the outcome of a study conducted by Economists at Harvard and Columbia Universities which examined impact of strong versus weak teachers, Hon. Bankole said it was discovered that students of strong teachers performed better in their classes, were more likely to attend universities, less likely to get pregnant in their teens and earned higher wages as well as live a more accomplished life than their counterparts.
A good teacher in the view of the former Speaker fosters intellectual curiosity, cultivates inquisitive minds that seeks to innovate, shakeup up the status quo and are unsatisfied with business as usual.
The success of any Higher Institution according to Bankole, is the character and mindset of its graduates. He said that the mindset of students is dependent on the input of teachers to training future employers.
Speaking on the role of College Administrators to improving teacher quality, competitiveness and employability, Bankole said that it was by approaching the stakeholders in the community and creating full scholarship programmes for high performing students as well as setting the criteria for eligibility higher than the admission requirements for universities.
While condemning the much dependence of Tertiary Institutions on Government appropriation for development, the ex-Speaker advocated for a concerted effort on private sponsorship, grant applications, and calls on community leaders as well as private businesses to invest in endowments.
He therefore urged College Administrators and Faculty members to be lifelong students, researching and studying in line with Global best practices in order to solve the current economic recession.
The event was climaxed with the formal launching of Olumo Journal of Professional Administration and presentation of awards to some distinguished honorees.
Twenty –second (22nd) of September, 2016 would forever be a memorable day in History, as the College stood still in celebration of 2016 Registry Day and 2nd distinguished guest lecture titled “Teachers’ quality, competitiveness and employability: defining the roles of College Administrators and Academics” delivered by the Former Speaker Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Dimeji Bankole.
The event which was the second edition featured the presentation of Awards and formal launch of the Olumo Journal of Professional Administration.
Applauding the skillful, dedicated, resourceful, productive and God-fearing attitude of Registry staffers of the college, the Registrar of the College. Mr. R.A Akinola declared that the personnel are blazing the trail in all frontiers of development and motivation among Colleges of Educations in Nigeria.
He said “it gladdens my heart to report that Registry has started producing Doctorate Degree holders”.
The registrar noted that the registry arm has remained a vibrant engine room and the administrative life wire of the 40 years existence of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta.
He said “without unnecessary exaggeration, the Registry department has rigorously executed its mandates and contributed to the enviable flag of FCE, Abeokuta.
In the same vein, the Provost of the College, Dr. AA Ajayi, represented by the acting Provost, Dr. B.A Adeniji acknowledged the great function of the Registry department in lubricating the wheels of the College.
According to her “the personnel in the Department both Junior and Senior are well articulate in the discharge of their duties”.
The Provost, who lauded the Registrar and other staffers in the department for the successful publication of the Olumo Journal of Professional Administration, averred that it would go a long way at contributing to knowledge development, especially for the upcoming generation in Institutional Administration.
The peak of the event was the honouring and presentation of Award of Pillar of Professional Administration. Recipients of the award included former Provosts of the College; Alhaji Gani Akanbi Belo, Prof. Emmanuel E.A Ajayi, Dr. John Olu Akinmoyewa, Dr. Emmanuel O. Filani, and Dr. Emmanuel O. Adeniyi.
In the category of Distinguished Service Award were Elder Joshua O. Obawusi, Mr. Gbemi G. Akinbande, Mr. Kelvin C. Oduenyi and Mrs. Nasimot A. Animasaun.
Professors Andrew O. Fadoju and Adenike Akinjobi were beneficiaries of the Icon of Professional Excellence Award.
The National University Commission has declared its readiness to engendering the full accreditation of the programmes run by the Centre for Degree Programmes, stating that it would not run down its program.
Disclosing this on Monday, 22nd, August, 2016 was the NUC representative Mr Udey Felix at the opening Ceremony of the 2016 National Universities Commission Accreditation of the College Degree Programe in affiliation with the University of Ibadan.
According to him “I want to assure the College management that we are partners in progress. We have not come here to run down your program. We are here to engender quality.’’
Acknowledging the ties the College has with the University of Ibadan, the NUC representative asserted that the former was indeed on track of academic excellence noting that the premier university was the right shoulder to ride on.
In a brief power point presentation, The Director Centre for Degree Programmes Dr.Soyele highlighted the significant and lofty heights attained by the College in a show of the College’s readiness for the accreditation.
It would be recalled that The National Universities Commission had in its final report of August 2014 Accreditation exercise granted interim approval status to the 8 programmes of Education/Biology, Education/Chemistry, Education/Christian Religious Studies, Education/English, Education/Mathematics, Education/Physics and Education/Human Kinetics. Education/Islamic Studies was however denied.
Earlier in her welcome address, the acting Provost of the College, Dr (Mrs) B.A Adeniji identified some giant steps made by the College to remaining relevant and vibrant in the academic community in line with international best practices especially in areas of infrastructures and human resources.
According to the Acting Provost, the college has produced in the past five years 15 certified Doctors of Philosophy making a total of 46 Ph.D holders in the college, adding that minimum of 20 Lecturers are currently pursuing their Ph.D programmes within and outside the country.
Infrastructurally, Dr Adeniji classified the achievement into Lecture Halls, Library and Information Communication Technology. She said within the last three years, the College has put in place five additional 500 seats capacity lecture halls in addition with seventeen others equipped with SMP12 MULTIMEDIA PODIA and projectors for ease of learning and teaching.
On the Library facility, Dr Adeniji stated seats a minimum of 500 users with over 37,000 volumes of books adding that the e-library facility accommodates 250 work stations and 4 electronic media, online e-resources including Jstor, Hinary, Agora, Ardi and Oare and an offline e-resource with about thirty million volume of material on the other hand.
In line with the Federal Government millennium aspiration, the Acting Provost said the College was one of the few institutions in Nigeria to embrace the full computerrisation of Students’ result processing and registration. She further dislosed that outside the 250 work stations in the library, the College has put in place a total of 355 internet ready work stations to facilitate e-learning process.
Present at the occasion were the College Management, NUC accreditation team, University of Ibadan Team, Deans and Directors among others.
The giant Telecommunication network, MTN Nigeria has on Friday 16th September, 2016 during a courtesy visit to the College Management, promised to partner with the College in the provision of Education bundle for the College which will drive efficiency as ICT is the key to efficiency.
The Team leader and Head SME Business MTN , Mr Ezekiel Bamgboye, outlined the benefits embedded in the Education bundle to include: e- learning, Distance Learning and Wi-Fi in selected locations on campus.
Mr Bamgboye added that “technology could be used to drive learning and as trainers of teachers, the College needed to get it right technologically promising the Closed User Group (CUG) for all academic staff. He therefore promised that the College would enjoy other benefits from MTN as the relationship soars.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Acting Provost, Dr (Mrs) Bolatito A. Adeniji remarked that the College has a population of about ten thousand (10,000) out of which 98% are enlisted as MTN users. She appealed that MTN should include Federal College of Education among other Tertiary Institutions benefitting from its largesse adding that the College’s four (4) workstations which are internet ready needed MTN’s assistance to make them functional so as to boost e-learning and IT training on campus.
While stressing the need for the Telecommunication Network giant to consider FCE Abeokuta as the first College of Education to benefit from its philanthropic act, Mr Sunday Agholor, a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Head, ICT master plan stated the Federal College of Education Abeokuta won first position for three consecutive years in the Computer Science Students Association competition organised for all Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria.
Present during the courtesy visit were Head, SME Business MTN, Mr Ezekiel Bamgboye; Account Consultant MTN, Mr Lekan Omotoso; MTN Regional Manager, Mr Idowu Loye; College Ag. Provost, Dr (Mrs) B.A Adeniji; Registrar, Mr R.A Akinola; College Bursar represented by Mr A.A Adedeji; College Librarian, Dr G.O Oyewole; Director ICT, Mr J.B Odunuga; Head, ICT master plan, Mr Sunday Agholor; Deputy Registrar Provost Office, Mr Damola Adegbite; Deputy Registrar Legal Matters and general admin, Mr O.O Oyeleye among others.
The Registrar, Mr. R.A Akinola has reiterated the commitment of the Management to unraveling the hidden talents and creativity of students through Entrepreneurship development.
The Registrar made this assertion while featuring live on Sweet F.M current affairs programme, “the Podium” on Thursday 11th, August, 2016.
Nigerian Students more than ever in present economic situation Mr Akinola submitted, need to be empowered to becoming a problem solver through the identification of needs in society and solving them, thereby putting an end to the increasing unemployment rate in the Country.
Teaching Profession among others, according to the Registrar have plethora of entrepreneurship opportunities waiting to be explored, adding that such prospect would engender the diversification objective of the Federal Government.
While explaining the unending effort of the Federal College of Education to achieving this feat, the Registrar declared that the Premier Institution of higher learning in Ogun State will not relent in its effort at developing total men and women through her various courses in Education especially Vocational Education.
Demystifying the conception that teachers reward is in heaven, Mr Akinola stated that teachers now live a wealthy life based on contentment.