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The Dean, School of Vocational Education, Dr Titilayo Joyce Fadoju having spent the stipulated two years effected a change in leadership baton of the School which took place on Thursday, 24th September, 2020 between the outgoing Dean and the Dean elect, Mr James Abiodun Odubiyi.
In her valedictory address, the outgoing Dean, Dr T.J Fadoju appreciated the Provost and the entire Management team for making her succeed. Attributing her success to the commitment, dedication and selfless service rendered by staffers of the School of Vocational Education, she said that all these had in no small measure added to her achievements.
Representing the Provost, the outgoing Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences and Chairman Committee of Deans, Mr S.A Makinde appreciated God for a successful tenure adding that the Dean started and ended well.
The Dean Elect, Mr J.A Odubiyi in his acceptance speech promised to serve democratically and put machineries in place for collaboration noting that the foundation laid by his predecessors would be duly followed.
Goodwill messages from past Deans were highlights of the epoch making event. They all wished the incoming Dean a successful tenure of office.
The School of Science in a grand style sent off the duo of Dr Bolatito Adijat Adeniji, former Deputy Provost and Mrs Ngozi Blessing Ogunbowale, a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Biology on Wednesday 23rd September 2020 after retirement at the stipulated age of Sixty-five years (65). In addition, a Book was launched in their honour.
The event which was a 3 - in - 1 had exchange of leadership baton between the outgoing Dean, Dr K.R Ojo and the Dean Elect, Dr Dan Ologe.
The Provost, ably represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr R.A Soyele in his address remarked that the School of Science was noted for uniqueness in its dealings and had been a model to other Schools. He noted that the retirees’ wealth of experiences were still needed by the School believing that they would yield to the clarion call of the School whenever it came. Dr Soyele thereafter congratulated the outgoing Dean, Dr K.R Ojo noting that he had had a good working relationship with him. In the same vein, he urged the Dean Elect, Dr Dan Ologe to be diligent in the discharge of her duties and thorough with all academic matters like her predecessor.
The outgoing Dean in his address congratulated the retirees saying that they deserved being honoured noting that the achievements recorded during his tenure was because of the support, dedication and love from all members of staff he worked with and also the conducive atmosphere in the College.
Other activities at the occasion were the book launch and presentation of gifts to retirees and some staffers of the School as well as the handing over of Deanship to the Dean Elect.
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.
The Muslim Community of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta on Tuesday, 15th September 2020 laid the foundation of its ultramodern Mosque situated within the College premises.
The Provost, Dr Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi while addressing the occasion acknowledged the support of the Muslim Community in taking the College to an enviable height. He also appreciated them for embarking on such a lofty project adding that the project would continue to enjoy the support of the College Management.
Earlier, while delivering his address at the foundation laying ceremony, the Chairman of the College Muslim Community, Alhaji Nurudeen Olanrewaju Sodipe lauded the Provost in leading the College noting that the Provost being the first indigenous Provost was also a pioneer lecturer in the Department of Christian Religious Studies. He added that the Provost had made footprints in the sand of time.
Highlight of the occasion was the handsome donations by members of the Muslim Community towards the project.
Prominent personalities at the foundation laying included but not limited to the College Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi; Deputy Provost, Dr R.A Soyele; Registrar, Dr G.A Adebayo; College Librarian, Dr G.O Oyewole; Bursar, Mr O.A Alabi; the immediate past Registrar of the College, Alhaji R.A Akinola; the Chairman Muslim Community, Alhaji N.O Sodipe, Dr K.A Salawu, among other notable personalities.
The School of Vocational Education has on Wednesday, 2nd September, 2020 sent off the trio of Mr T.O Oluwaniran, Mrs S.A James and Dr F.A.O Akinnusi, after attaining the Federal Government stipulated age of Sixty five (65) years and launched a book titled “LEGACY” in their honour.
The trio from the departments of Business Education, Home Economics and Agricultural Science Education were given a befitting sendoff ceremony which was held at the new School of Vocational Educational hall. The event which drew eminent personalities within and outside the College also had a Book launch in their honour.
The Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi while declaring the Ceremony opened appreciated everyone present saying that the trio during their service years contributed immensely to the College. He added that the School had actually done the needful for the retirees and therefore thanked the Local Organising Committee for a job well done.
Earlier, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Mrs Roseline Adebayo and the Dean School of Vocational Education in their separate addresses appreciated everyone present at the event noting that the retirees had come, seen and conquered; adding that they deserved to be honoured and celebrated indeed. They thereafter prayed that the retirees would live long to enjoy the fruits of their labours.
The Book reviewer, Dr P.E Ezenandu of English Department, having done justice to it was unveiled by the Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi. Thereafter, goodwill messages were welcomed from the immediate past COEASU Chairman, Comrade Akin Akinyele and a Chief Lecturer from the Business Education Department, Dr O.A Abati both of whom poured encomiums on the retirees and wished them a blissful retirement.