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The former College Registrar, Alhaji Rafiu Abidemi Akinola, while officially handing over the Registry to his successor, Dr Gabriel Adedayo Adebayo on Monday, 2nd March, 2020 said that, the College Registry remained one big family no matter its challenges.
Alhaji Akinola while appreciating God, who had kept and sustained him in the last ten years in office, noted that the College was lucky that the new Registrar emerged internally. He stated that prayers and words of advice helped in the course of his journey adding that if at any point he had stepped on toes, it was not intentional as he always felt disturbed when anyone was hurt. He therefore solicited support from everyone for the new Registrar noting that he should be given full support and unalloyed loyalty.
Dr G. A. Adebayo in his address returned all glory and appreciation to God Almighty who made it possible for him to emerge as the College Registrar. He reaffirmed that the Registry, the custodian of records, would remain one big family as there would be no division in his tenure adding that due regards would be accorded to everyone and would always tap from the former Registrar’s wealth of experience.
Other speakers at the handover programme admonished the new Registrar to display humility in the discharge of his duties and advised him to always seek for counsel from his predecessor. They appreciated God and the Directorate of Information for initiating an official handover in the history of the College Registry and prayed for its sustainability. They equally prayed that God would grant him the needed wisdom to sail through in the new office.
Representing the Unions, the Chairman NASU, Comrade Waheed Adewuyi appreciated God for the life of Dr Adebayo and also thanked God for the outgoing Registrar saying that the College was peaceful based on his listening ears. He prayed that the outgoing Registrar would continually enjoy God’s favour and prayed that the incoming Registrar emulates his predecessor’s good deeds.
Prayers were then offered to both the outgoing and the incoming Registrar.
The ceremony was witnessed by Directors Information, Audit, Sports Council, Medical Centre, Works and Physical Planning, all Deputy and Assistant Deputy Registrars, Union representatives.
As part of activities promoting cultural heritage in Nigeria, FCE Staff School on Wednesday, 26th February 2020 celebrated its cultural day in a grand style. Dons from the three major ethnic groups who separately spoke on the cultural values of the languages, maintained that, Cultures could not be separated from Languages. They added that, Language had its specific season and are used based on each season maintaining that Language was used to correct its users. They therefore charged parents to teach their wards in their various dialects.
Highlight of the programme included various cultural songs, “Ewi” rendition, cultural modelling, quiz competition among others.
Present at the programme were Chairman Staff School Management Board, Dr C.A Akintade; the Yoruba don and Director Centre for Advancement, Linkages and Alumni Relations, Dr S. A. Fajenyo; the Igbo don and a Chief Lecturer in Igbo department, Mrs J.I Mbamalu; the Hausa don and an Assistant Deputy Bursar, Mr Yakubu Usman; Staff School PTA Vice Chairman, Mrs Omolara Kuyoro; Headmistress Staff School, Mrs E. O. Opara among others.
The Provost, Dr Adetayo Ayodele Ajayi had on Tuesday 3rd March, 2020 at the Inter house Sports competition of FCE Abeokuta Model Secondary School held at the College field, stated that the beauty of games was not to win but to participate.
Dr Ajayi made this assertion while declaring the School’s inter house sports competition opened. He noted that at the end of the game, any group that loses should accept it in good faith saying that the most important thing was that they all participated.
The Chairman of the Board, Mrs S.I.C. Iwuagwu and the Principal Mr D.O Adaralegbe in their separate addresses appreciated God who had made that day a reality noting that there was need for recreational periods so that everything would not be restricted to classroom. They added that, since inception, FCE Abeokuta Model Secondary School had always stood out among peers and excelled in their Educational pursuits. According to them, a good example was when Itunu Ojesola, an SS1 student, distinguished herself in the just concluded National jet competition and won several medals for the School. They therefore appreciated parents for their usual understanding and support both financially and morally which had in no small measure taken the School to its enviable height.
At the end of the competition, Blue House came first; Yellow House came second while 3rd and 4th positions went to Red and Green Houses respectively.
Highlight of the Inter house competition included inter - schools relay competition for both male and female students from neighbouring Schools. For the female race, Deeper Life High School came first while FUNNIS and Faith Heritage Secondary Schools came second and third respectively. In the male category, Apostolic Faith Secondary came first while FUNNIS and Deeper Life High School came second and third respectively. Other events were Parents’ race for both men and women.
There had been streams of courtesy visits to the new Registrar, Dr G.A Adebayo. Aside the various Schools, Directorates, Departments and Units that came to felicitate and promised their unalloyed support to the new Registrar, Associations like the Association of Women in Colleges of Education, FCE Abeokuta Chapter, FCE Alumni, Rotary Club, Professional bodies where he had Fellowship Awards like the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) also paid him courtesy calls.
Similarly, the Directorate of Information on Monday 9th March, 2020 also paid a courtesy visit to the Registrar. The Director, Mr Bola Adesina, while introducing the College information team to the new Registrar said that there was need for the Registrar to be familiar with the crew because he would be seeing them at various College programmes. He therefore promised him an unalloyed support of the Information Directorate. While responding, Dr Adebayo appreciated the team for coming saying that there was no way the Registrar’s office can do away with the Information Directorate. He therefore noted that the College update produced by the Directorate was not just a paper but an historical reference he thereafter promised his support to the Directorate.
Contractors present at the prequalification meeting and bid opening for 2018 TETFUND sponsored zonal intervention project held on Thursday, 27th February, 2020, have been charged to deliver quality jobs.
This charge was made by the Provost through the College Librarian, Dr G.O Oyewole at the meeting. In his address, he appreciated all Contractors present saying that the College would have done more than one project but for the paucity of funds.
The Director, Works and Physical Planning Directorate while giving brief on the Project said that it was a building for the Christian Religious Studies department sponsored by TETFUND adding that it was a 2018 zonal intervention project.
Criteria for bidding, according to the Head of procurement, Engr. M.O Oyetoran, were advertised alongside the invitation. He assured that qualification result would be released in two weeks. The tender box was thereafter opened by the representative of the Registrar, Mr C.C Iwuagwu.
In their remarks, both the Contractors and members of Professional bodies appreciated the College for its transparency and openness and they implored the College to keep the good work.