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Executive members of the Federated Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Tuseday 2nd May, 2017, informed that our Provost Dr. Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi, was one of the awardees to be honoured for their impact and positive contributions to the development of Media in the State, during the Union’s week later in the year.
This information was given by the Chairman of the Federated Chapel, Mr Adeniyi Adeloye during the courtesy visit of the Chapel. The visit was purposely to strengthen the relationship between the College and the media, and also to seek the College’s assistance in their forthcoming press week.
The Provost appreciated the visitors and promised to attend their programme in person. He further implored the Press men to use their professionalism in acquainting Government about the difficulty being experienced plying the road to the College.
Speaking further, he stated that the College could partner with the body to organise seminars, workshops and training assuring that the College has the infrastructural capacity to accommodate more than 1,000 people.
The courtesy visit was witnessed by the Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele, Registrar, Mr R. A Akinola, Bursar, Mr A.O Alabi, College PRO, Mr S.A Adesina and members of the chapel among others.
The Provost, Dr A. A Ajayi, has stated that the cassava processing factory in the College established in collaboration with the World Bank was capable of turning cassava into whatever its owner desired.
This he attested to while receiving the Chairman, Odeda Local Government (O.L.G), Hon. Semiu Bola Lawal (Sembol) and the executive members of the Local Government who were on a familiarization cum collaboration visit to the College on Tuesday 2nd, May 2017 in the College Council Chamber.
The Chairman, Hon. Semiu Lawal made it known that his administration was looking for ways to collaborate with the College since it is located in the Local Government domain. He went further to say that the visit was purposely to partner as well as request for the Colleges’ assistance in the area of research, human capacity development, admission quota for the Local Government indigenes, employment among others.
The Provost, Dr A. A Ajayi, while welcoming the Local Government team noted that this was the second time Odeda Local Government Executive would be visiting since his assumption of office as the Provost of the College about five (5) years ago. He noted that such visit would improve the synergy between the two parties for mutual benefits.
Dr Ajayi, while responding to the Chairman’s request for assistance on human capacity development stated that the College had the capacity to train teachers even more than before. He informed the visitors that the College now runs degree programmes in affiliation with the University of Ibadan and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education programme as approved by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) for those who want to become professional teachers.
The Provost also stated that the College Management working with the consciousness of the high unemployment rate has been trying to empower students with entrepreneurial skills. He made it known that the College has an entrepreneurship centre where skills like soap making, shoe designing etc. could be acquired.
On the need to efficiently utilise the College’s cassava processing factory, the Provost urged the Chairman to make wide publicity of the factory to cassava farmers in the Local Government area with the assurance that the College’s world - class cassava factory was capable of turning their cassava into whatever they desired.
On his request to hand over the College frontage to Local Government supervision, the Provost explained that the frontage would be handed over on the assurance that the Local Government would ensure that the place was properly taken care of and adequately maintained.
The courtesy visit was witnessed by the Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele, Registrar, Mr R. A Akinola, Bursar, Mr A.O Alabi, Ag. Director, Works and Services, Engr V. A Adeneye, S. A Provost, Mr D. Adegbite, Deputy Registrar, General Admin and Legal Matters, Mr O.O Oyeleye, a former Local Government Chairman, Mr Oluga Aro and the Local Government executive members.
Demonstrating a democratic style of leadership, the Provost, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta Dr Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi has stressed his readiness to allow free flow of suggestions, ideas, opinions and memos, from members of staff in other to promote the College administration.
The Provost while speaking at the first 2017 staff forum held at the College Aduke Maina Hall after his re-appointment for the second term in office applauded members of staff and Union for their roles in making his re-appointment as Provost a reality. He commended them for their diligent, commitment to work as evidenced in their disposition to their primary assignments.
Dr A. A Ajayi noted that the purpose of the forum was for clarification of crucial issues, an avenue for management to recognize the inputs as well as opinions of staff among others. In his words “this staff forum is something we have to do and I have said that at least once in a quarter it should be held”.
On Promotion exercises, the Provost explained that it was the duty of the Federal Government to give necessary promotion stating that government conducts and gives approval for the exercise. Also, relating to staff training and development, Dr A. A Ajayi, revealed that TETFUND has increased the fund for Masters and PhD programmes.
While speaking on Professional ethics and excellence, the Provost, appealed to staffers to work according to government regulations urging them to continue doing their jobs adequately.
Other matters extensively addressed by the Provost at the forum included staff salaries and payments of arrears, Promotion, Convocation ceremony, College projects, Health and Security, maintenance of infrastructures to mention but a few.
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PDE) students of the College were on Friday 28th, April 2017 educated on the behaviour and competencies expected of them as they embarked on a 3 months mandatory Teaching Practice (TP) exercise which commenced on Monday 15th, May 2017.
The Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi, represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele, advised the PDE students to deploy a positive attitude to teaching adding that teaching practice was an opportunity for them to learn how to behave as teachers.
The Deputy Provost, made it known that teaching as a profession is lucrative and could only be enjoyed by those who master the art of teaching. He further told them to cultivate reading habit and endeavour to always prepare their lesson notes in time.
While delivering his lecture on the topic “Competencies expected from Student Teachers”, the former Dean, School of Vocational Education also former, Director CESAPREP, Mr R. A Badaru, submitted that, teachers’ competency in the art of teaching would make educational program successful if considered in the areas of mastery of the techniques of instructions (methodology), resourcefulness and creativity, information and communication technology, communication skills among others.
On the responsibilities expected of them as student teachers, Mr Badaru who is also a Chief lecturer and the Chairman, Medical Centre and Services Board advised them to be punctual at their various places of duty, abide by teaching ethics, rules and regulations of the school and most importantly practice the art of teaching.
The guest lecturer further stressed that the indication of interest in students’ progress, ability to anticipate difficulties, good sense of integrity and leadership quality were attributes of a successful teacher.
In his remarks, the Teaching Practice Coordinator, Mr J.B. Odunuga, disclosed that the teaching internship which would span for 12 weeks commenced on Monday 15th, May 2017. He further urged them to maintain a friendly relationship with their supervisors as well as with their cooperating teachers.
The Provost Dr A. A. Ajayi has reiterated the focus of his administration in ensuring that the college maintained its status as the centre of academic excellence and has also said the enviable feat would not be compromised.
The Provost while addressing the PDE students at the orientation programme organised by the Centre for Sandwich and Pre-NCE Programme (CESAPREP), Federal College of Education, Abeokuta at the Music recital hall on April 21st, 2017 made it known that the college had not recorded failure in all of its programmes and as such the college’s drive to produce students who are record-breakers would be pursued vigorously.
Dr A.A Ajayi ably represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele, emphasized teachers’ relevance in the society adding that the PDE students should be proud of the teaching profession and always present themselves as professional teachers.
On the need to make hard work a point of duty, the Deputy Provost urged them to cultivate good reading habit and attend classes regularly. He further advised them to subject themselves to serious reading due to their calling as custodians of knowledge “show me a teacher that has stopped to read and I will show you a teacher that has ceased to exist” he quoted.
As part of its drive to produce graduates that are marketable, Dr Soyele stated that the college forbids “runs” and further made it known that PDE students are required to be studious and dedicated to becoming professional teachers.
On the non-recognition of the PDE by Ogun state Government, the Deputy Provost made it known that politics was involved and therefore assured them of tireless efforts being made to get it recognized by the state.
Earlier in his address, the Director CESAPREP, Dr Ben Edegbai, advised the students to submit their transcripts in time adding that at the end of the programme the students would be given certificate and be inducted as professional teachers under TRCN.
He further encouraged them to make proper documentation at the administrative unit so as to be recognised as students of the programme. He concluded by saying “what is worth doing at all is worth doing well”.
In her own address, the Ogun State TRCN coordinator, Mrs O. Oniyide who made the students understand that TRCN was the apex regulatory body for teacher education in Nigeria, educated the new PDE students on the needed requirements for pursuing PDE and further told them that with TRCN license they would have the privileged to practise as professional teachers anywhere in the world.
Mrs Oniyide congratulated them for choosing to become Professional teachers by running the programme. She revealed that TRCN had issued a standing order that by December 2017 all teachers who were not registered members would leave the classroom.
The College Librarian, Dr G. O Oyewole represented by Mr M. M. B Ogunleye, urged the students to make regular use of the library in order to enhance their study.