Osun State College of Education, Ilesa, OSCOED, during the 41st Founder’s day anniversary gave thanks to God almighty in an inter-religious prayer session. The school also named two mega buildings after Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Prof. Bolanle Awe, while a lecture titled “Qualitative Teacher Education in the Contemporary World: Issues and Challenges in the Nigerian Context” was held last with merriment among all invited guests, staff and students at large.
Present in the prayer session were Mr. J. A. S. Ajayi, former school registrar; Mr. Oyeniran, former PS in the ministry of Education; Mrs. Abioye from the ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building, and Mr. Yemi Esan from the ministry of Finance.
The program started with an inter-religious prayer session which was held at Early Childhood Care and Primary Education where all staff; Academic and Non-academic staff of the school were fully present including the students. Christian sermon was said by Mr. Adepoju and prayer was said by Mr. B. O. Olayemi, while the Muslim sermon and prayer was said by Dr. K. K. Busari.
In their sermons, they charged the staff and management of OSCOED not to forget their source which is God and they must be determined to fulfill the vision and mission of the institution.
In the speech of the school Provost, Prof. Labayo Kolawole Kazeem he said so far we do have anyone who started 41 years ago anymore as a staff, “we shall all therefore become history soon”.
He used the opportunity to appreciate the great changes that has occurred in the institution so far as there is peace and unity in the school environment, which was not the case when he got to the school as a provost in a year plus ago.
“I see us celebrating founder’s day in a special way where it will be a total off work day for all staff that we are all going to be in our special dresses and give total thanksgiving to God in a mega way”. He assured his staff.
The School registrar during the vote of thanks appreciated the presence of all special guests and the staff at large. She referenced the great impact of her former boss Mr. J. A. S. Ajayi who was a former registrar of the school.
The government of Osun State shutdown three state owned institution for the sake of safety as it was reported that some set of hoodlums found their way into the institutions to destabilized their peace.
Governor Oyetola declared the schools opened on Monday after the assurance of peace in the town. Mr. Oyetola made it known that the schools are opening simply because of the assurance of stability he had from stakeholders involved.
Official Naming of the College Multi-Purpose Hall and College Central Administrative Complex
Present in this session of the program were; His Excellency, Governor of the State of Osun, Oyetola Gboyega ably represented by Chief of Staff in person of Dr. Charles Akinola, Professor Bolanle Awe who was the commissioner for Education when the College was founded (in the then Oyo State), HRM Owa-Obokun of Ijesa land, Hon. Wale Adedoyin (Eyiyato), HRM Christopher Adegboyega, Onibala of Ibala, HRM Abdul-Mauruff Magbagbeola, Olufon of Ifon Orolu land, Mrs. Bidemi Adeyeye, former Ag. Provost of the college among other prominent people in the society.
College Provost, Professor Labayo Kazeem in his welcome address welcomed the executive Governor of the state of Osun and other invited guests present. He appreciated all those who have contributed immensely to the development of the institution.
“We further consider it necessary to recognize the contribution of those who worked towards the establishment of the college as well as those who have meritoriously served the college” He said.
Prof. Kazeem used the opportunity to further present the desire of the school at large to make the institution get upgraded from College of Education to the University of Education.
“I wish to crave the indulgence of Mr. Governor to use this opportunity to again make a strong case for the upgrade of the College to a University status. I believe the time has come for us to move to a higher paradigm of operation for us to optimally utilize our vast resources and capacities. It is apt to mention that we have prepared ourselves for this great task given the various initiatives and giant strides we have taken in terms of human and infrastructural development” He said.
“Furthermore, all our degree courses have received good accreditation status from the National Universities Commission (NUC) after a visitation by a high-powered team from the Commission, which came to access our human and physical resources last year” He added.
The Provost did not finish his speech without mentioning some of the weaknesses of the institution and called on prominent personalities to rise to their aid.
“The states of our internal roads, poor drainage systems, porous boundaries, water problem, bad landscape are some of the challenges confronting the College…I call on well-meaning sons and daughters of Osun State and Nigeria in general, corporate organizations, philanthropists to come to the aid of the College since sole dependence on government interventions alone can no longer suffice”.
He concluded with profound appreciation to all those who were present from His Excellency, Gov. Oyetola and other distinguished invited guests to all the staff and the students at large. Read Full Speech
Professor Bolanle Awe in her remark congratulated the college and made emphasis that the college of Education Ilesa deserves the accolade given so far. She added that the decision to create a college in Ilesa was not because she is connected to Ilesa, it was simply because Ilesa was the best place to locate College of Education then because the Ijesa people deserved it.
In the address of Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, the executive Governor of the State of Osun who was represented by Dr. Charles Akinola, he acknowledged that OSCOED, Ilesa is among the best schools that have contributed to the academic development of the State of Osun and Nigeria at large. He encouraged the management to work more on the Internal Generated Revenue for the school to survive the present financial situation in the State and Nigeria at large.
The naming of the two mega buildings was done shortly after Governor’s address. The Multi-Purpose hall was named after and commissioned by the former governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola and the second building which is the College Central Administrative Complex was named after and commissioned by Prof. Bolanle Awe.
The Ataoja of Osogbo land accused to have stolen Osun-Osogbo statute and sold it to Togo for a huge sum of money.
According to a report by BBC Yoruba, the allegation was made known by both the Baba Osun, Oloye Adigun Iyanda and Iya Osun, Oloye Ọṣunkẹmi Ọṣunwẹdẹ that the King sold the statute for the sum of 15million Naira.
Founder’s Day Public Lecture
The public lecture started immediately after the naming of the two mega buildings in OSCOED, Ilesa. The public lecture was delivered by Prof. Mudathir Olalere Yusuf from the University of Ilorin, ably represented by Prof. Olaitan, also from the University of Ilorin.
Prof. Olaitan challenged the teachers of this generation to go advanced technologically and desire to see when all lecturers will be delivering lectures in class with the use of power point. He explained that teaching students in such manners helps students to go a long way in understanding the teaching.
“Education is a vital secret tool that is needed to unlock development for any nation. It is enough to grant us technological advancement if we concentrate so well on it” He said.
In his public lecture, he considered those who are ‘lecturers’ without the fore-knowledge of educational course as mere trainers and not teachers. Everyone that will be teaching students should and must have passed through the four walls of education classes which will help him or her to deliver safely as expected.
The event was wrapped up with cultural dance by the students from Yoruba Department after which vote of thanks was done by the school registrar, Mrs. M. F. Olopade.
Throughout the event, from the first to the last session, students and staff were fully present to celebrate the 41st Founder’s day with the Provost, Prof. Labayo Kolawole Kazeem.