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The Sixth Governing Council Chairman of the College, Alhaji Saidu Isa (OFR) has promised that staff welfare would be a core interest that would be pursued vigorously by his team.
Revealing this, while meeting with Principal Officers, Deans, Directors and Union Chairmen in the College on Tuesday 11th July, 2017, the former Head of Service in Kwara State, noted that staff welfare was a means to enduring legacy. He assured that his administration was prepared to leave an enduring legacy. “We shall give maximum attention to staff welfare, because it is when staff and management are properly motivated that we can have enduring legacies” he said.
The Chairman who is also the current Chairman of Kwara State University (KWASU) Molete, further made it known that the new Council would make up for lost times and inconveniences experienced in the College before the inauguration of the Council adding that their full support would be given to the College Management.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Provost, Dr Ayodele A Ajayi acquainted the new Governing Council with the history and mandate of the College and gave a concise but detailed brief on the College in the last forty one years of her existence.
He thereafter gave an insight to the threats and challenges of the College to include paucity of funds, restrictions by National University Commission (NUC), inadequate staffing, outsourcing of services, arrears of salary and shortfall, societal decadence as well as economic recession.
The Provost, while noting that the college has always been blessed with a crop of reputable Governing Council members expressed hope that the sixth Council would be the best that the College would ever had.
Members of the Sixth Governing Council of the College include, Alhaji Saidu Isa (OFR) (Chairman), Dr Adetayo A Ajayi (Member), Alhaji Ali G. Grema (Member), Mr Olukayode Olusanya (Member), Chief Godwin Nduaguba Aga (Member), Mr Frank Omale (FME Rep), Arch. A. Ameh Onaji (NCCE Rep), Dr (Mrs) Bolapade Ige (ACB Rep), Mrs Sarah Adewunmi James (ACB Rep), Alh. Temitope Balogun (Alumni Rep) and Mr Rafiu A Akinola (Registrar and Secretary to Council).
The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Professor Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu during a courtesy visit to the College on Saturday 8th July, 2017 appealed to the Management of FCE Abeokuta, to make available diligent academic staff that would assist in the NCE curriculum review that shall soon take place.
According to him, the curriculum is reviewed every five (5) years and teachers in Colleges of Education would be invited to look at the teaching subjects one after the other as against the usual practice of consulting University Lecturers for the review of the NCCE curriculum.
Professor Muhammadu acknowledged that, FCE Abeokuta has a peaceful atmosphere which gave room for peaceful coexistence of the Management, Unions and members of staff adding that in the last one year he had had interactions with Unions in other Colleges of Education on challenges facing them except FCE Abeokuta’s Unions. He urged the Management to continue to do all in their power to sustain this peaceful atmosphere.
Furthermore, the Executive Secretary informed that NCCE has expressed concern in respect of the NCCE Act with viz-a-viz nomenclature of Colleges of Education and running of Degree programmes. He said that soon National Commission for Teacher’s Education (NCTE) which would oversee all institutions involved with Teacher Education shall re-place NCCE.
The Executive Secretary reiterated the peaceful ambiance in the College and maintained that very soon FCE Abk would be a degree awarding Institution. Other challenges peculiar to the College were discussed and the Executive Secretary gave ray of hope concerning those challenges.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Provost informed that Federal College of Education, Abeokuta was the oldest tertiary institution in Ogun state and that the first set of students resumed in 1977, adding that the College prides itself as the First and Most Peaceful Tertiary Institution in Ogun State and that the College never lost a session since inception. A situation he attributed to the peaceful co-existence between students and Management.
Present at the Courtesy visit were the Deputy Provost, Dr Rafiu A Soyele; the Registrar, Mr Rafiu A Akinola; College Bursar, Mr A. O Alabi; Ag. Director Works and Services, Engr. V. O Adeneye; Deputy Registrar Council Affairs, Mr C. O Ajala; Head, Procurement Unit, Engr. Oyetoran; Head Public Relations Unit; Mr Bola Adesina; SA (Provost), Mr Damola Adegbite.
The Provost, Dr A. A Ajayi has reiterated that FCE Abk was blessed with a team of capable and hardworking staff who had become principal officers in other Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria.
This assertion was made by the Provost during the Courtesy visit of the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Professor Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu on Saturday 8th July, 2017.
Boasting on the crop of staff in the College, the Provost attributed the educational development of staff to the availability of TETFUND sponsorship adding that most teaching staffers are PhD holders. He however expressed concern towards the out-flow of PhD holders to Universities as soon as they acquire the PhD degree.
The Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Professor Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu admitted that indeed FCE Abeokuta is one of the best Colleges of Education in Nigeria.
This notion was made after a brief guided tour of the Executive Secretary in company of members of the College Management during a Courtesy visit paid to the College on Saturday 8th July, 2017.
According to him, having gone to all Colleges of Education in Nigeria both Federal and State, FCE Abeokuta is one of the best with quality infrastructures, facilities and accessible roads that were well planned. He added that the College would not find it difficult to transiting to a University of Education. He however spotted the need to seek for intervention in respect to the construction of motorable road network on the campus.
The Provost expressed his profound gratitude to the Federal Government and TETFUND for their financial contributions to the College as virtually all facilities and infrastructures were TETFUND driven. He said “we have benefitted from the HIGH IMPACT TETFUND of 2011 which has helped us solve so many challenges here in the College”.
Former Governing Council Chairmen of the College, Honourable Yinusa Ayinla Folorunsho, Chief (Mrs) Aduke Maina and Sen. Emma Anosike have lauded the College Management ably led by the Provost, Dr Ayodele A Ajayi, for the massive development and unprecedented achievements visible in the College.
They expressed their total admiration while gracing the 2017 SSUCOEN week celebration with the theme “Expectations/Responsibilities of Labour In This Dispensation: The Tertiary Institution Perspective, organised by the Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta.
The Provost, Dr A. A Ajayi, who was delighted with the presence of the former Council Chairmen at the occasion, applauded the Union for organising such a laudable event. He appreciated the presence of the former Council Chairmen and prayed for successful journey back to their destinations.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman SSUCOEN, Com. Emmanuel Iyasere, thanked the College Management for believing in the Union and its readiness to make staff welfare a priority. He then made a call for assistance towards the completion of the Union’s secretariat and Auditorium.
The ceremony featured the decoration of Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu Keshington as the Grand Patron of the Union and the conferment of awards of excellence service on worthy recipients.
While giving his acceptance speech, Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu Keshington expressed his gratitude to the Union for the honour and promised to build a secretariat for the Union. As of the time of this report work, has commenced on the construction of the Secretariat building.