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Popularly called Kenny Badaru, Dr Adewale Kehinde Badaru, an Artist with a class, a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts and the Dean, Students Affairs of the College on Friday 14th August, 2020 wowed his audience at his exhibition held at the College Gallery. The multimedia exhibition which was titled “Exploration and Experimentation: The search for new frontier” had thirty seven (37) exhibits to the astonishment and admiration of his audience.
The gallery which was officially commissioned at the College’s 24th Convocation ceremony held on Thursday, 3rd October, 2019 was the brainwork of the College Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi. The gallery has works of eminent personalities like former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Evangelist Dr Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi; and past Council Chairmen.
Addressing the audience at the Exhibition, the immediate past Provost of the College, who doubled as the mentor of the exhibitor, Dr E.O Filani noted that Dr Badaru was a goal getter and dogged in his creativity. Declaring the Exhibition opened; he stated further that he was happy at the Artistic showcasing adding that, it was a kind of an innate ability for the Exhibitor. He thanked the College Provost for creating conducive atmosphere to work and equally appreciated the family of the Artist for their support and love which according to him had in no small measure aided the great work.
Earlier, the College Provost, Dr Adetayo Ajayi commended Dr A.K Badaru for the research work adding that the exhibition was a laudable academic research. He therefore implored other Academics to emulate him. While appreciating the immediate past Provost for constructing the edifice used for the College Gallery (Aduke Maina Hall), Dr Ajayi noted that the Gallery was commissioned at the 24th Convocation Ceremony held in October, 2019 and he was optimistic that the Gallery would become a tourist Centre in the nearest future.
The Chairman Research and Publications Committee, Dr G.A.K Omoyinmi in his address appreciated all that graced the exhibition and thanked the Provost for allowing the memorable event hold in the Gallery. Thereafter, he congratulated the Artist, Dr A.K Badaru for showcasing his God-given talent and inborn skills.
The College Deputy Provost Dr R.A Soyele on Tuesday, 11th August, 2020 at the Kunle Filani Lecture Theatre admonished Contractors to be up and doing at their assignments and that they should endeavour to do a thorough job to justify their competence.
He said this while representing the Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi at the meeting of the Contractors, Consultants and End –User Committee for the four (4) College Project recently approved by TETfund.
Speaking further, the Deputy Provost appreciated the Contractors for taking interest in the College and congratulated them for writing bids making them eligible to partner with the College on the various projects. He however cautioned that “to whom much is given, much is expected” as the College is a Centre of Academic Excellence and anyone that must do any Project with the College must follow lay down Standards.
He encouraged the Chairmen and Members of the End User Committee to be open minded in the discharge of their duties and see their selections on the Committee as a call to duty. He noted that as Chairmen and Members of the various committees on each Project, they were to help the Management to see to it that the projects are properly done. This they can do by constructively criticising and supervising the Contractors on observation noted on various sites. He added that their work was not to witch-hunt but to help the Management achieve the quality needed in the building as they will be the ones to use the buildings afterwards.
Speaking on the Projects, the Director of Works and Physical Planning, Engr. V.A Adeneye informed that the Contractors were to start their work immediately and do their work as much as possible according to specification within the time allotted.
Also speaking at the meeting was the Bursar who informed the Contractors that with proper filling of their claims and documents, they were sure to have all they needed promptly.
Questions bothering on the Projects were asked and answers promptly given on grey areas at the meeting. It is believed that with the prompt mobilization to site, the four projects will be completed as at when due. The four are, Lot 1: Remodelling, redesign and Construction of Dean and HODs Offices for School of Science, Lot 2: Construction of Guidance and Counselling Centre, Lot3: Construction of Student Affairs building, Lot 4: Construction of Economics and Political Science Centre building.
Dr Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi has on Monday 3rd August 2020 in his office paid glowing tributes to the foundation Principal and Provost of our dear College, Alhaji Gani Akanbi Belo on the occasion of his 85th birthday anniversary.
Speaking while receiving the copies of the Book launched for the occasion titled, “Footprints in the sand of Time”, the Provost lauded the vision of the first Provost and the passion with which he directed and supervised the formative years of the College from the temporary site at Isale Igbein. He praised Baba Belo for his dedication and selflessness in seeing the College grow even to the present day. The Provost prayed to God to further bless, protect and guide the Octogenarian and his entire family.
It is on record that Alhaji Gani Belo was appointed the first Principal of the Federal Advanced Teachers College (FATC) in 1976 and this metamorphosed to the Federal College of Education Abeokuta in 1982. He was the Principal and Provost for fifteen (15) years between 1976 and 1991.
As part of the activities marking his 85th birthday anniversary, the first Principal and Provost of our College, Alhaji Gani Akanbi Belo on Monday, 3rd August 2020 donated copies of his autobiography titled “Footprints in the sand of Time” to the College Community.
In her remarks at the presentation, Mrs O.T Ayegbayo, a former Registrar of the College who represented the Octogenarian, noted the passion of the author towards the College and how he had loved to launch the Book in the presence of Staff and Students. She informed the Provost of the wish of the author and prayed that the College finds the Book useful.
Speaking also at the presentation, Dr Bolapade Ige, another representative of the author, noted that the Book was a must read for everyone as it gave deep insight to the whole life of the author with special focus on the College and his years as the Principal/Provost.
Responding, the Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi thanked Alhaji Gani Belo and his representatives for the honour bestowed on the College. He was full of praises to God for him, his vision and passion for the College exemplified in all he did and keeps doing. He assured the author of the Book that the College will do justice to his wishes as intended.
On hand for the presentation with the Provost were the Deputy Provost, Dr R.A Soyele; the Registrar, Dr G.A Adebayo and the Director of Internal Audit, Mr L.G Ogunwole, FCA.
The College Management has on Thursday, 11th June 2020 appointed Mr Olusola Josiah Ajibola as head of the College Security Unit. Until his appointment, he was the CSO II. The appointment was as a result of the exit of the Chief Security Officer I (CSO I), Mr Jonathan O. Adeyemi from the College and the need for a suitable replacement.
His appointment was based on antecedents of his Professional competence and acumen.
College update Congratulates Mr O.J Ajibola on this notable achievement and wishes him a successful stay in office.