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Women, known for their commitment and invaluable contributions in the home front and in the society at large have been seen as better administrators than men.
This assertion was made at the Women’s day organised by Women in Colleges of Education, (WICE), Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, to commemorate the celebration of International Women’s day held at the COEASU building of the college on March 28th, 2017.
While addressing the topic “Women in Administration and Women Development” the former Deputy Provost, Dr (Mrs) B.A Adeniji defined an administrator “as a person that directs or manages, either a man or a woman”, stressing that women listen better and are more sensitive to the need and demands of their workers.
The former Deputy Provost who expressed optimism that women could secure prominent administrative positions in tertiary institutions enjoined all women to have the right qualifications such as the academic credentials and requisite experiences.
Dr (Mrs) Adeniji finally identified the need to balance work and family, difficulty in search of mentor especially at the beginning of a new assignment among others to be the challenges facing women administrators.
Speaking at the event, the Keynote speaker, Dr (Mrs) Bola Ige, who spoke on the topic “International Women’s Day in Perspective”, described the annual celebration of Women in the World as a day to celebrate the social, cultural and political achievements of women that has since been observed from the 19th Century.
On the need for women to take the bull by horn and getting themselves involved in matters that concern them, Dr (Mrs) Bola Ige, advised, “We should not get involved in our culture, where rape cases are overlooked, where female girls are kidnapped, where women do not die naturally but from torture from men, in politics where women are deputies and insignificant, intimidated and tagged prostitute”.
Responding to the abuse of female gender by men, the scholar declared that men should be subjected to psychological test. she went further to enjoin all women to participate in many of the events happening around the world to get back women’s rightful place so as to project them to the desired limelight.
Other topics addressed by various speakers at the event were, “The Career Woman and her Home” by Mrs F. F. Sogaolu, a former Bursar of the College and Director OVL; “The Christian Perspective of Women Development” by Dr (Mrs) T. A Olanrewaju; “The Islamic Perspective of Women Development” by Alhaja Fausat Shehu; “The Cultural Perspective of Women Development” by Mrs Joy Mbamalu, among others.
In her vote of thanks, the chairman WICE Abeokuta Chapter, DR. F.A.O Akinnusi, thanked all the speakers and made it known that the body’s membership is open to all women irrespective of their status within the college.
The camaraderie and the spirit of brotherhood enjoyed by the out-going 2016/2017 Batch A Corps members could not be held back as Corps members who served in the college embraced one another and wished themselves good things of life at the send-off ceremony organised for them on Monday 10th April, 2017.
The Provost, Dr Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi, while speaking at the ceremony, encouraged the outgoing Corps members to strive to be independent and be ready to add value to the society stressing the need for them to think of what they can do on their own and not waiting for what government could offer them.
Dr A.A Ajayi who was represented by the new Deputy Provost, Dr Rafiu Adekola Soyele made it known that professing to be a graduate should not only be in words but should be followed by action. According to him, “when you call yourself a graduate, you should be able to identify problems and proffer solutions to them, so as not to be an educated illiterate”.
Dr Soyele further expressed the belief that the outgoing Corps members must have garnered required experiences while serving in the administrative and academic arms of the college because of the versatile and veteran administrators and academics they worked with in the Centre of Excellence.
Recalling his days as a Corps Member, the Deputy Provost appealed to the Corps members not to blow their Youthful exuberances out of proportion but should endeavour to be hard working and dedicated to duty. He further told the incoming Corps members to support the College Management revealing that many who desired to serve in the college were not so privileged.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Protocol Liaison Officer of the College, Mr Anthony Ogundipe, who is also in charge of Corps members’ matters and welfare, appreciated members of the College Management for their presence at the programme and requested them to pray and give words of advice to the 23 outgoing Corps Members.
In his response, the Internal “Corper” Liaison Officer (ICLO) for the Outgoing Corps members, Mr Bello Omogbolahan described their one year stay in the college as a “unique and unusual family like relationship, which memories would forever be cherished”.
Mr Bello who stated that parting was painful noted that “20 children can never play for 20 years” and further advised Corps members to exercise patience and deploy their maximum efforts to whatever they do.
The ICLO finally thanked the Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi, the Protocol Officer, Mr O.A Ogundipe and AO I (Information), Mr E.A Adesina, for the love shown to them as well as the fatherly advice given to them.
The send-off ceremony was witnessed by the college Registrar, Mr R.A Akinola; the College Bursar, represented by Mr T.A Itiola; and the Head Internal Audit, represented by Mr O.K Ogunsanya.
Women in Colleges of Education (WICE) South West Zone had on Friday 17th March, 2017 paid a courtesy visit to the Provost during their South West Zonal meeting held in the College.
Dr (Mrs) B. A Adeniji, while receiving the delegates on behalf of the Provost Dr. A. A Ajayi, advised the delegates to be role models to female students and other women in the College.
Leading the delegates was the chairman WICE, FCE Abeokuta Chapter, Dr F. A. O Akinnusi and other executive members.
With heavy heart, the Provost hereby condoles with the families, friends and College community on the demise of the Professor E.O.A Ajayi; Elder J.O Obawusi and Mr K.C Oduneyi.
Professor Emmanuel Oluwakayode Ajayi, an academic colossus became a Professor at the age of 35, making him the youngest to attain that position in Nigeria. He was the Provost of the College between 1991 and 1995, known for publish or perish mantra. He introduced academic excellence into teaching and learning in the College. He also served as Dean, faculty of Education; Dean, Students Affairs; Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration and Acting Vice Chancellor Olabisi Onabanjo University. He died on Friday 17th March, 2017.
Elder Obawusi, known as the father of SSUCOEN, acted as the Registrar of the College having risen through the ranks. He would be remembered for his strict managerial approach to issues. A thorough and dedicated individual, his vast administrative exposure and knowledge has contributed to a sustainable administrative structure in the College.
Mr K.C Oduneyi, a pioneer Student Affairs Officer of the College who also pioneered Senior Staff Unionism in the College was a loyal, hardworking and strict disciplinarian. He was a firm and straightforward individual who made solid foundation for student affairs management on the Campus.
Meanwhile, the College appreciates the concern of the National Alumni Association of the College led by Alhaji Temitope Balogun, for condoling with the College.
Having met the necessary requirements for chapter’s status, the Nigeria Institute of Management (Chartered) (NIM), Federal College of Education, Abeokuta Unit had been upgraded to a full-fledged chapter on Thursday, !6th March 2016 at the South West Zonal Summit held at Ibadan Business School.
Receiving the chapter Certificate from the President in council of the Institute, Emeritus Professor Munzali Jubril in the presence of the Registrar and Chief Executive of the Institute, Mr Tony Fadaka, was Mr M.E Atinuke who is the Ogun State branch Chairman as well as the Zonal Secretary that facilitated the upgrade and the executive members of the newly inaugurated chapter led by the Chairman, Mr O.O Oyeleye.
College Update Congratulates and facilitates with the College Management, Executive and Members of NIM FCE Abeokuta Chapter.