Monday, 28th September 2020 was a remarkable and memorable day at the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta as the Oracle Building was officially opened by the College Management and keys handed over to the euphoric Chief Lecturers, who were occupants of the Building. The word " Oracle" is commonly used by members of the college community to describe chief lectures with reasonable years of experience on the campus.
It would be recalled that on the Provost’s assumption of office in 2012, one of his cardinal objectives was staff welfare and all through his two terms of four years each, this had been his major concern. With TETFund intervention, the Provost, Dr Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi had been able to cater for staffers’ needs ranging from office spaces, office furniture items, manpower resources, relatively stable power supply (Stepping down of 33KVA in the College and alternate power supply), laptops for all senior staff, conducive working environment for staffers, good landscaping around buildings on Campus and spacious parking spaces to mention but a few.
As part of the Provost’s welfare package for the comfort of both Teaching and Non Teaching Staff of the College, the Construction and furnishing of a 34-room office complex became imperative. The Office Complex constructed for Thirty four (34) Chief Lecturers of the College is popularly called “the Oracle Building.” This building, which is the newest on Campus, was beautifully constructed for easy academic activities like research works and article writing.
In his address, the Provost gave glory to God Almighty because when the College began at Isale Igbein, no one ever dreamt that it could have such befitting buildings adding that the structure was the Academic Headquarters of the College. He noted further that soonest, other Teaching staff would have befitting offices to themselves.
The Director Works and Services, Engr. V.A Adeneye and Chairman, End Users Committee of the Oracle building, Dr G.A.K Omoyinmi in their separate addresses stated that in spite all challenges encountered before the completion of the building, there was need to appreciate God for making it history. They appreciated God for the successful completion adding and thanked the Provost for the initiative.
Thereafter, prayers were offered by the Chairman FCE Abeokuta Muslim Community, a former Deputy Provost, Alhaji N.O Sodipe and Evang. A.G Sanya. for proper maintenance of the building, a representative of the occupants, a Chief Lecturer in Social Studies Department, Mr G.O Ibikunle, was unanimously appointed as the administrator of the building .
Gracing the event were the Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi; Deputy Provost, Dr R.A Soyele; Registrar, Dr G.A Adebayo; the College Librarian, Dr G.O Oyewole; Bursar, Mr O.A Alabi and occupants of the Oracle edifice.