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Mr Akinlabi Arigbede, a member of staff of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta on Wednesday, 15th May, 2019 died during a brief illness at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta.
The sixty-one year old, was until his death, a Welder Craftsman in the Directorate of Works and Physical Planning. He was described by many as an honest and hardworking gentleman.
A burial service was held in his honour on Thursday 16th May, 2019 at the Deeper life Bible Church, Osiele before he was laid to rest at his Osiele residence.
The Governing Council, College Management and Staff of the College sympathise with the family of the deceased, and pray to God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
The College Management on Tuesday 7th May, 2019 appreciated two College Students, Miss Iwu Chinyere and Miss Adeboye Abibat Olanike, for standing out as bronze and gold medalists respectively at the 2019 Nigeria Colleges of Education Games Association (NICEGA) games held at Federal College of Education Obudu, Cross River state.
While presenting the token on behalf of the College Management, the Director, College Sports Council Mr. G. O Ibikunle commended the Students for performing excellently well and proving that the College was indeed the Centre of excellence. He equally appreciated the College Management for deeming it fit to motivate the Medalists stating that it would further encourage others in the future.
The Medalists received a cash gift of fifteen and twenty thousand Naira respectively. In the same vein, the College Table Tennis Coach, Mr. M.A Balogun was also commended by the College Management for a job well-done.
The event had in attendance the Chairman Sports Council, Mr. G. O Ibikunle; Director, Directorate of Sports Council, Mr. K.B. Feyisetan; Coaches L. Agbor, M.A. Balogun and the awardees.
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.
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 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.