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Chris Omotosho Poetry Festival (COPOFEST) 2017 was held amidst glamour in honour of Dr Chris Omotosho of the Theatre Arts department, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta on Friday 24th November, 2017 at the Arts Theatre.
The President, Poetry Enclave (POEN), Ibadan, Mr Ebika Anthony stated that it became imperative to honour Chris Omotosho an alumnus of the prestigious Premier University, the University of Ibadan because he has contributed immensely to National Development through poetry.
Speaking on the topic “Poetry and National Development”, the keynote speaker, Dr (Mrs) P.E Ezenandu noted that through Poets’ works, negotiations have been made for political and social change by Poets who have participated actively in finding solutions to the social, political, religious and moral problems affecting the society. She further stated that through these indispensable roles, Poets have been able to contribute immensely to national development.
Earlier in his address, the Celebrant stated that the event was a surprise to him and that he never believed any good could come out of his Ajegunle as he was not given a chance of survival as a child.
In the same vein, the Head of Department, Theatre Arts and host of the occasion, Mr Tomori Oluwunmi noted that Dr Omotosho was an erudite scholar and a prolific writer who was truly worthy of being honoured and celebrated. He therefore urged students to be studious, obedient, focused and follow good paths of scholars and great achievers like Professors Wole Soyinka, Femi Osofisan, Ahmed Yerima among others.
Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Deputy Provost, Dr R.A Soyele; Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr I. Olorunsogo; Director Centre for Degree Programmes, Dr B.L Wikina; HOD Theatre Arts, Mr Tomori Oluwunmi; Mr Yinka Ola Wlliams; Chairman Association of Nigerian Authors, Ogun state, Mr Dada Olanipekun; Dr Segun Jegede; Mr Godday Dulagha among others.
The Provost of the College, Dr A.A Ajayi alongside the Registrar and Staffers of the Information Directorate had on Friday, 12th January 2018 visited the Olu of Osiele, Oba Olufemi Olowoyo in his palace.
The courtesy visit deliberated among other things the rate at which cultism was becoming rampant especially within Osiele community. The cult case of November 17, 2017 was extensively deliberated upon and the Kabiyesi assured the Provost of the safety of Students residing at Oke Ibadan and Ire Akari areas of the town saying that his Chiefs would adequately monitor them.
The Provost, on behalf of the entire College Management promised that the College would continue to do its best in maintaining the cordial relationship that exists between the College and Osiele Community adding that the College will not fail in its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) also.
The Kabiyesi thereafter appreciated the College Management for the kind gesture and prayed that the College would continue to move higher.
Federal College of Education, Abeokuta Staff School (FCESS) on Thursday 14th December 2017 organised a 7 Lesson Carol Service to mark the end of year 2017. The Carol Service which was held at the FCESS PTA hall had in attendance pupils, parents, staff and well-wishers.
At the programme, the Chairman, FCE Staff School Management Board, Mrs A.O Adejobi noted that Jesus Christ was the factor behind the season because He came into the world to redeem and save mankind.
Activities at the event included praise worship, reading of seven lessons from the Bible, drama presentation by pupils, choir rendition and special songs.
In attendance at the occasion were Chairman and members FCE Staff School Management Board, Chairman, Parent Teacher Association, Mrs C.A.K Awe-Mathias, Parents, Staff and pupils.
The Provost, Dr A.A. Ajayi has remarked that the death of the current Chairman of the College Governing Council, Alhaji Isa Saidu OFR, was a colossal loss to the College. This remark was made at the staff forum convened by the Provost on Thursday 23rd November, 2017 at the new Vocational hall of the College.
According to him, the late Chairman had good intentions for Staffers of the College adding that he was welfare oriented.
In addition, the Provost used the occasion to enumerate the various challenges facing the College. He raised the hope of Staffers by proffering solutions to some challenges which include increment in the admission quota, enlargement of Degree based programme to include Sandwich Programme from the Lagos State University (LASU), increment of acceptance fee and amount paid on hostel accommodation among others.
Giving the vote of thanks, the Registrar, Mr. R.A. Akinola thanked all Staffers for attending the forum.
The Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi has stated that he wants progress for all staff and the College as a whole.
This remark was made on Thursday 14th December, 2017 at the Computer Centre and Step B Services Award Giving Ceremony held at Step B Conference hall.
Dr Ajayi noted that he was not surprised that the Director, who had done wonderfully well for the College is the first Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science Education to bag a PhD. He however, pleaded that Dr. S. Agholor should continue his career in the College towards uplifting the College to enviable heights.
While congratulating every staff of the Centre on the success of that day’s event, the Provost further lauded the Director’s leadership skill and initiative for awarding the best staff which according to the Provost would motivate other members of staff.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director, Dr S. Agholor appreciated the Provost for his unflinching support and love for the Centre. He further explained the rationale behind awarding the best staff for that year. Certificates of attendance were thereafter presented to attendees of the website Development Workshop while an award was presented to the best staff of the year, Mr Oluyen Francis.