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The Chief Security Officer (CSO) in a release dated Thursday, 15th December, 2016 has reminded members of the College community to always endeavour to switch off and remove all electrical appliances at the end of each day. This, according to him would help salvage the situation of high voltage that causes fire outbreak.
The release further enjoined Works and Services Department to clear bushes around college buildings especially at the College water dam project to avert fire disaster which may result from bush burning.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Unit has observed that some miscreants write “job vacancies” on walls of College buildings. Members of staff should be aware of its security implication as it may possibly be a ploy by kidnappers.
Information from the Management has it that a Python and other dangerous reptiles have been discovered around the lake side. The Dangerous animals, as reliably gathered come out at intervals either to eat or do other things.
The College community had therefore been implored to keep away from this area to avoid any attack.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has been advised to reduce tax rates on individuals, small businesses and corporations by 10 per cent, as this would increase the inflow of dollar into the country’s economy and ultimately increase investment as well as standard of living.
A professor of Educational Technology, Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin, Prof. Samuel Adenubi Onasanya gave this counsel while delivering a lecture with the theme “Alumni Association and Alma Mater in a Recession Period”, during the 2017 Alumni Founder’s Day Celebration of Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Given the high level of economic pains being experienced by Nigerians, the Don stated that policy makers at all levels needed to decisively develop, pursue and stimulate policies that work.
Prof. Onasanya, who is an FCE Alumnus, having identified high interest and taxation rate, poor economic planning, decline in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), unsteady inflation, as major factors that heralded the present economic downturn in the country observed that mere increase in government spending would not solve the problem of recession. He suggested that a strategic spending in the area of high multiplier effect such as agriculture and manufacturing sector would increase aggregate demand.
He further advocated increase in agricultural produce and export, noting that yearly, Nigeria spends about 10 billion dollars on the importation of agricultural products. Agricultural practice in his view, should be made attractive and lucrative among youths through the utilization of modern mechanized equipment.
Other steps to overcoming the recession in the view of the FCE Alumnus included; creation of more public awareness on economic recession, investing maximally in the opportunities embedded in recession period such as production and strengthening the value attached to indigenous goods.
Economic recession in the view of the Scholar was not a death sentence for the Country but could be seen as the best season for the Nation to look inwards thereby unveiling hidden talents and potentials that would benefit all and sundry.
Speaking at the event, the Provost, Dr. A.A Ajayi stated that the College would not rest on its oars at producing creative and innovative generation of leaders whose input would turn the fortune of the country around for good.
The Provost, Federal College of Education Abeokuta, Dr. Ayodele A. Ajayi has for the umpteenth time appealed to the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led Administration in Ogun state to join 35 other states of the Federation in recognizing the Professional Diploma in Education Certificates for Teachers in the state.
Dr. Ajayi who made this appeal while delivering a keynote address at the 2017 Alumni Foundation Day/Award Ceremony of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, expressed with displeasure that Ogun State was the only state yet to recognize the Professional Diploma in Education across the Country.
The Professional Diploma in Education, the Provost noted was developed in reaction to teaching qualification deficiency amongst many primary and secondary school teachers.
He noted that the Federal Government had through the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria established by Act 31(Now CAP T) of 1993 initiated a minimum curriculum of Post Graduate Diploma in Education for teachers who did not study education related course.
The program, according to Dr. Ajayi has been successfully run by the College since 2011 and has produced 4 sets of graduands who have been licensed by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
On the reason for the program being called Professional Diploma in Education as against the Post Graduate Diploma in Education, the Provost explained that since the College does not independently run a Degree Program, TRCN adopted the PDE which makes it equivalent to PGDE.
Meanwhile the Provost appreciated God for the various height attained by each Alumnus of the College. Such laudable positions he stated included Professors, Directors, Permanent Secretaries, Barristers, Doctors, Registrars among others.
While continually waving the flag of Excellence instilled by the College in their different endeavours, Dr. Ajayi urged the Alumni Association to develop and promote a sellable brand name for the College such as “Greatest FCEABITE”. This he observed would create a sense of identity for all.
The Provost therefore urged the Alumni of the College to be socially responsible by giving back to the Institution that birthed them in areas such as Hostel Facility, Lecture Theatres, Office Complex, Health Equipment, and Project Vehicles among others.
The event was witnessed by members of the College Management, pioneer Provost of the College, Alahji Gani Bello, National President FCE Alumni Association, Alhaji Temitope Balogun among others.
In what can be described as a long wait of faith, the re-appointment of the Provost, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Dr. A.A Ajayi finally came as good news on Tuesday 10th of January, 2017 , as President Mohammadu Buhari approved the re-appointment of the 5th provost of the college for a second and final term.
The letter addressed to Dr Ajayi Ayodele Adetayo dated Thursday 29th December, 2016 and signed by the Honorable Minister of Education, Mallam. Adamu Adamu, which reads in part that “ I write to convey to you the approval of Mr. President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for your re-appointment as Provost of Federal College of Education, Abeokuta" puts the effective date of the commencement of the second term as 28th December 2016.
The Provost, whose first term which began on the 3rd of April, 2012 came to a close on the 2nd of April, 2016 was met with great expectation of a renewal from all and sundry in the College and beyond had waited patiently till the arrival of the confirmation letter.
Meanwhile, the Honorable Yunusa Ayinla Folorunsho Administrative Complex was agog in early hours of Tuesday, 10th January, 2017 over the re-appointment of the Provost, Dr. A. Ajayi as Staffers within and around the complex were seen thronging to felicitate with the Provost on the second term appointment.
Earlier during a prayer session held at the Provost Office led by the Secretary, Provost Office, Mr. I.A Anyowa, and attended by the Registrar, Mr. R.A Akinola and some other staffers of the College, Dr. Ajayi appreciated God for the grace and the privilege to be re-appointed. According to Him, the new height was only tracable to the invisible hand of God.
The Provost further appreciated Union Chairmen and members of staff for the unwavering support shown during long wait that preceded his reappointment.
While promising to move the College to an unprecedented height in the next four years, Dr. Ajayi noted that “the Glory of the latter shall be greater than the former”.