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The College Management has on Thursday, 11th June 2020 appointed Mr Olusola Josiah Ajibola as head of the College Security Unit. Until his appointment, he was the CSO II. The appointment was as a result of the exit of the Chief Security Officer I (CSO I), Mr Jonathan O. Adeyemi from the College and the need for a suitable replacement.
His appointment was based on antecedents of his Professional competence and acumen.
College update Congratulates Mr O.J Ajibola on this notable achievement and wishes him a successful stay in office.
Arising from the death of the Head of Nursing Unit of the College Medical Centre and as a measure to curb the spread of the deadly Corona Virus, the College Management had recently fumigated the College Medical Centre and other places on campus.
The step was taken in line with guidelines laid out by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to avoid the spread of COVID 19 which claimed the life of a Head Nurse while two others were infected with the disease. The College Management thereafter shutdown the College for two weeks. The two medical personnel have tested negative after further tests were carried out on them.
The College Update crew, Federal College of Education, the Centre of Excellence has observed that the College has taken proactive measures in compliance with the Protocols and advisories of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by providing hand washing facilities, use of inferred thermometers, enforcement of nose masks usage and ensuring of Social/ physical distancing. The College Management recently made available all these measures to ensure strict adherence in order to curb the spread of COVID 19.
The Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajuba recently gave six conditions for schools’ reopening to include – installation of hand washing facilities; equipment for body temperature; provision of body disinfectants at all entering points to their major facilities, including the gates, hostels, classes, offices etc.; decontamination of the whole premises of each Institution; maintenance of the highest level of hygiene and ensuring social/physical distancing in classes and meeting places.
It is worthy of note that our College has met these conditions while awaiting further directives from the Federal Government.
It would be recalled that Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria have closed since Thursday, 19th March, 2020 due to the scourge of the Corona Virus pandemic.
The Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi has pleaded with all College Contractors to complete all awarded contracts before the specified time.
He made this plea on Thursday, 25th June 2020 at the Contractors financial bid opening for 2017 – 2019 TETFUND sponsored annual and zonal intervention projects held in the Kunle Filani Academic Theatre of the College.
Reacting further, Dr Ajayi appreciated everyone present noting that amidst the COVID 19 pandemic and restriction of interstate movements, some people still managed to be present for the meeting. He further appreciated College contractors who had been part of the College in ensuring its progress saying that the FCE Abeokuta had always adhered to rules and regulations of the Tenders and would not down play transparent operations. He added that transparency had always been the culture and that the College could not afford calculated errors, as such due diligence would be ensured and estimates closest to the College estimate would be considered. He therefore assured that everything would be diligently and transparently done in line with due process and the Procurement Act.
The Director of Works and Physical Planning, Engr V.A Adeneye while giving brief on the Projects emphasised that the projects were but not limited to redesigning of the School of Science offices, Heads of Departments’ offices, School Officer’s office, Conference room, Economics and Political Science Departments, Students Guidance and Counselling Centre as well as Procurement of furniture items for Economics and Political Science departments and School of Science.
The Head of Procurement, Engr M.K Oyetoran thereafter gave the criteria for eligibility and responsiveness to the tender, the key to the Tenders Box was then handed over to the Registrar, Dr G.A Adebayo by the Provost for sorting of each Contractor’s bid.
The Professional Bodies and Contractors while giving remarks applauded the College for maintaining transparency in the discharge of its duties and affirmed that Federal College of Education Abeokuta had been second to none and therefore implored the College to keep up the good work.
Federal College of Education is set to get a new Chief Executive Officer as the tenure of the current Provost and the first home grown Provost, Dr Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi wraps up in a couple of months.
Until his appointment as the Deputy Provost and then the Provost, Dr A. A. Ajayi was a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Christian Religious Studies, School of Arts and Social Sciences. He had brought a lot of transformation into the College in terms of infrastructures and human capacity development.
During his tenure between 2012 & 2020, the College maintained its position as the most peaceful tertiary institution in Ogun State as well as the centre of excellence. Few among his achievements included but not limited to the construction of the new Administrative complex, Five (5) 500 seater lecture halls, Kunle Filani Academic Theatre, Home Economics complex, Arts Theatre, Office Complex for 40 Chief Lecturers, central car park, purchase of electronic podiums, utility vehicles for all Deans and Unions, furniture items for members of staff, laptops for senior staff, trainings, conferences and seminars, most teaching staff bagged Doctoral degrees, students’ results and certificates were produced in good time, Degree programmes were run by two prestigious Universities – University of Ibadan and Lagos State University, two Convocation ceremonies were conducted, establishment of the Directorate of Entrepreneurship (DEWS) etc.
All these were made possible because the Provost enjoyed peace throughout his two terms tenure and undoubtedly, being an home grown Provost.