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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.
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.
The Federal Ministry of Education has directed the College Management to educate College Community on the proper way to route official Correspondences to the Ministry.
The directive as contained in the release from the Ministry with reference number FME/HE/CU/824/T/123 explained that all official correspondences meant for the Federal Ministry of Education must be routed through the Provost of the College and further warned that anything contrary would amount to breach of Protocol.
With the implementation of the Revised Scheme of Service, the Public Relations Unit under the Provost office has transmitted into a full-fledged Directorate with the name Directorate of Information.
Henceforth, the Directorate shall in all its correspondences be known and addressed as the Directorate of Information.
It was indeed a great day when FCE Abeokuta Alumni Association, Abeokuta Branch decided to celebrate and appreciate the duo of the Deputy Provost, Dr Rafiu Adekola Soyele and the Registrar, Mr Rafiu Abidemi Akinola as worthy and distinguished ambassadors of the Alumni Association and Abeokuta Branch.
Welcoming guests to the event, the Branch Chairman, Comrade Emma Adekunle Makanjuola, stated that indeed FCE Abeokuta Branch and the National Alumni Association were appreciative of the successes the two worthy members had done to the Association. He thanked God for raising them to the enviable position of a Deputy Provost and Registrar respectively and prayed that more honours would come to the Association revealing that in no distant time, an Alumnus would saddle the affairs of the College.
Dr M. A. O Sotayo, an alumnus, a Chief Lecturer and Chairman of the occasion while declaring the occasion open expressed thanks to God for the event as he saw it as a time to appreciate the two awardees, time to celebrate the Branch and time to congratulate the duo for their appointments.
Also speaking at the occasion, the National President of the body, Alhaji Tope Balogun noted that “individually and collectively we (Alumni) are all great people”. He posited that the coming together of the “FATICAS”, “OSIELITES” and “FCEABITES” make the Alumni Association GREAT. He thereafter prayed for a greater Association.
The President enjoined members to keep the College Flag Flying and do everything in their purview to uphold the dignity of the College. He asked every member to thereafter play their part in building the College through their prayers and support. He pleaded with the Branch to be more active at the National level while appreciating them as the most viable Branch.
Various speakers at the ceremony eulogised the good works, character and commitment of the two awardees which has elevated them to the enviable positions.
In appreciation of the person of the Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele, the 2015 set donated some waste bins for use in the College.
The awardees in their various responses, thanked the organisers of the Ceremony for the honour. Going down the memory lane, they appreciated the efforts made in the past and even presently by the College Management towards employing past Student Union Officers and outstanding students. They were both optimistic that in the nearest future, the College would have an Alumnus as the Provost. They eulogised the committed efforts of the present Provost, Dr Ayodele A Ajayi at helping them attain the position they presently occupy and therefore requested for utmost and overwhelming support for his administration.