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The Provost, Dr A. A Ajayi has declared the College’s willingness and readiness to collaborate with any governmental body in the country that seeks the promotion of Nigeria’s Democracy.
He made this declaration while receiving some Voters Education materials presented to the College by the Ogun State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Administrative Secretary who was represented by the Head of Department of the Electoral Commission, Mr Samuel Ogunjemilua.
Mr Samuel Ogunjemilua made it known that the essence of the visit was to strengthen Nigeria’s Democracy by partnering with Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria and to enable the Body acquaint students in Tertiary Institutions on electoral processes through the papers and documents that would be made available in their schools. He revealed that the body aimed at helping students better themselves with electoral processes in the country.
The Provost, Dr Ayodele A Ajayi while appreciating the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Yakubu Momodu, noted that youths in Tertiary Institutions were the most mobile and active part of democracy and as such they need to be well educated on Electoral processes in the Country.
As a way of recognizing their dedication and immense contributions to the Directorate of Osiele Ventures Limited (OVL) of the College, the Directorate appreciated and sent off its former Board Members and staff.
The Provost, Dr A. A Ajayi who was represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele at the ceremony noted that the Directorate had undoubtedly added value to the College system. He also noted that there were capable hands manning different Directorates in the College adding that staffers that have served diligently in the College should not be envied when compensated. He implored other members of staff at the ceremony to be dedicated and committed to their jobs knowing that one day they would also be rewarded.
Dr R.A Soyele further expressed optimism that with the records of significant achievements in OVL, the Directorate would reach its zenith.
Earlier in her welcome address at the ceremony, the Director Osiele Ventures Limited, Mrs F. F Sogaolu appreciated the invited guests for honouring their invitation to the event.
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 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, 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”.