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Some members of the Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education (SSUCOEN), Abeokuta Branch on Monday 13th May, 2019 at an emergency meeting of the Union held at the SSUCOEN Hall expressed their dissatisfaction on the refusal of the National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS to give them access to medical attention based on age restriction.
At the meeting, some members complained that they were denied medical attention by their HMOs because they were above sixty years of age as opposed the sixty-five years approved retirement age for Federal Colleges of Education. They therefore, enjoined the Union Executive to look into it as a matter of urgency.
The Director, Medical Centre, Dr. T.A Avovome, corroborated the issue by stating that the new retirement age of sixty-five years had not been enshrined into the operation of the NHIS.
The Union Chairman, Com. Emmanuel D. Iyasere thereby pleaded with affected members to exercise patience as the issue would be addressed at the Zonal and National levels.
The Chairman also promised an elaborate 2019 Union Week to all members saying that the Union Week would be celebrated in grand style as they proposed to celebrate and appreciate retired members of the Union for their contribution during service. He further stated that an Election Committee would be set-up immediately after the Zonal Delegates Conference in Kwara State College of Education, Oro.
Also speaking at the meeting was the South West Zonal Chairman, Com. Ebun Atinuke. He noted that Federal College of Education Abeokuta Branch was one of the very few branches that were vibrant, impactful and relevant at the National level.
The Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr. R.A Soyele, has charged new students to be disciplined and comport themselves properly. He gave this charge on Friday 10th May, 2019 at the Orientation and Matriculation ceremony of fresh Part Time students of the Centre for Sandwich and Preparatory Programmes (CESAPREP).
He admonished the Students to know their purpose on campus and exhibit good behaviour so that they would not spend more than the stipulated years meant for their courses of study. He reiterated that the College has procedures for everything which should be religiously followed.
Earlier, the Director of the Centre, Dr. Ben Edegbai while welcoming the fresh Part Time Students to the College, advised them to be of good behavior and follow all laid down rules and regulations. He also advised them to pay their school fees promptly so that they would be allowed to take the forthcoming Examination.
Highlight of the ceremony included entertainment from students, orientation lectures and matriculation oath taking which was administered by the Registrar, Mr R.A Akinola represented by the Admin Secretary, Mr M.E Atinuke.
Dr Samuel Ikechukwu Ezeani at the 8th Inaugural Lecture of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, maintained that National Development is constatly threatened by the continuous increase in immoral behavior by many Nigerians across board. The Inaugural Lecture was held at the COEASU Hall on Tuesday 14th May, 2019.
Dr. S.I. Ezeani who focused his lecture on “Nigerian Moral Development Crisis: Need for Functional Counseling Imperative”, admitted that moral development crisis in Nigeria was a reality and that in spite of the rapid increase in the number of churches and mosques, the present moral crises have not reduced.
He however recommended that: Moral Education should be made compulsory in schools and that the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) should include test for moral development as one of the conditions for qualification and certification of intending professional teachers; Leaders should show good examples in both their private and public lives. He went further by saying that the present reward system in Nigeria which immorally favoured those who cheat on the System should be reversed for good; and that the conferment of National Honours and Chieftaincy Titles should be based on perceived high moral standard.
The Provost, Dr. A.A. Ajayi, in his remarks on the Lecture delivered by the veteran, stated that Dr. S.I. Ezeani was a very hardworking and humble man with self determination and commended him for a good work done.
The lecture ended amidst loud ovation for the Presenter as families, friends, colleagues and well-wishers present stood to appreciate the erudite Scholar.
The occasion witnessed large gathering of people from within and outside the College Community.
The Provost, Dr A.A. Ajayi, represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr. R.A. Soyele on Wednesday 9th May, 2019 at the opening of financial bids of Contractors for 2017 TETFUND Sponsored Normal Intervention Project appreciated all bidders for having trust in the College by showing interest in partnering with the Centre of excellence. He pleaded with successful Contractors to carry out the projects with sincerity of purpose and complete the job as at when due if they finally succeeded in winning the Contract.
Engr. M.K Oyetoran, Head, Procurement Unit, gave a brief on the Projects after which the bids were opened.
While appreciating the College Management for its kind gesture in awarding the Contracts, one of the Contractors commended College for its transparency in the bidding process. He therefore implored the Contractors to ensure prompt compliance with the completion period of the Projects.
Present at the bid opening were the Deputy Provost, Dr. R.A. Soyele; Representative of the Registrar, Mr. C.O. Ajala, TETFUND representative, Mr. Tijani Ibrahim, Head Procurement Unit, Engr. M.K Oyetoran, Contractors, Observers and a host of others.
As part of familiarizing with the neighboring Communities, the new Divisional Officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mrs Bosede Kuti and her Police force counterpart Mr Williams Ajayi, both in Odeda Local Government Area, on Monday 29th April, 2019 paid a courtesy visit to the College Management.
The two Officers at their separate visits maintained that the College was indeed a peaceful one having gone through the College environs themselves; they appreciated the College for the hands of fellowship extended towards former Officers that had worked at Odeda Division and still sought for same mutual relationship.
The two Officers thereafter pledged their unflinching support in making sure peace and security persist both within the College and Osiele Communities. They further solicited for the College support when they begin operation on some notable challenges which may affect some of the Students.
The Provost while welcoming the Officers noted that the College felt highly honored when important personalities paid courtesy visits. He appreciated the Officers for coming and highlighted some of the Challenges faced by the College and sought for assistance from the Officers to curb most of the challenges which ranged from Herdsmen encroachment, Cyber fraud to Cultism among others. He then wished the Officers a successful tenure in office. The Officers were thereafter decorated with the College Lapel as a form of cordiality between them and the College.