(BTH)The Provost, Professor Labayo Kolawole Kazeem, Osun State College of Education, Ilesa, during the 41st founder’s day anniversary expresses his gratitude to God and the kindness of man in the establishment of the college 41 years ago.
Among scheduled programs for the 41st anniversary of the college is the naming of two mega buildings of the institution after the immediate former governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola and the Commissioner of Education, Professor Bolanle Awe in the old Oyo State during the creation of the institution.
Professor Kazeem mentioned why the two prominent living personnel were chosen for the special honour.
“His Excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, is the first two-term Governor of the State. During his tenure of office, he transformed the education sector in this state to an enviable standard.” He said
“Mama engineered the establishment of the College in Ilesa town while she was the Honorable Commissioner for Education in the old Oyo State during the administration of Rtd Major General David Jembewon as the Military Governor of Oyo State” He added.
The Provost equally presents the desire of the academic community at large to his excellency, governor of the State of Osun and the public at large. He also seeks for the support of the well-meaning sons and daughters of Osun and Nigeria at large in the upgrading of the 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.”
“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 added.
41st FOUNDER’S DAY: OSCOED, Ilesa Names Mega Buildings after Aregbesola and Prof. Bolanle, Provost Pushes University Agenda
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.
Read the full speech as delivered by prof. Labayo Kolawola Kazeem
OSUN STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ILESA
WELCOME ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE PROVOST, PROFESSOR LABAYO KOLAWOLE KAZEEM AT OFFICIAL NAMING OF SOME BUILDINGS IN THE COLLEGE AS PART OF THE ACTIVITIES FOR THE 2019 FOUNDER’S DAY ANNIVERSARY HELD ON THURSDAY 28th MARCH, 2019.
- Your Excellency, the Executive Governor of the State of Osun and Visitor to the College, Mr. Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola,
- Your Excellency, the Deputy Governor of the State of Osun, Mr. Benedict Gboyega Alabi,
- Your Excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, the Immediate Past Governor, State of Osun,
- Your Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II, the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland,
- The Secretary to the State Government,
- The Chief of Staff to the Governor,
- Royal Fathers here present,
- Our Dear Mama, Professor Bolanle Awe,
- The Head of Service of the State of Osun,
- Permanent Secretaries here present,
- Other Top Government Officials here present,
- My Lords Spiritual and Temporal,
- Distinguished Fellows of the College,
- Principal Officers of the College,
- All Invited Guests,
- Staff and Students of the College,
- Gentlemen of the Press,
- Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure for me to formally welcome you all to the 2019 Founder’s Day anniversary of this College. The current administration in the College under my leadership initiated the idea of celebrating the Founder’s Day of the College. This we started last year when the College attained the age of forty. We consider it important to use our Founder’s Day as an auspicious moment to reflect on our achievements and challenges and then re-position ourselves for higher accomplishments in terms of growth and development. We further consider it necessary to recognize the contributions of those who worked towards the establishment of the College as well as those who have meritoriously served the College. As a matter of fact, it is our plan to ensure that our convocation ceremonies hold annually on our Founder’s Day. However, owing to circumstances occasioned by four months industrial strike action embarked upon by our Unions last year, we were unable to put all modalities in place for this year’s convocation. However, we felt that inability to have the convocation should not prevent us from celebrating. Against this background, we have decided to mark the year 2019 Founder’s Day anniversary with some unique activities such as an Inter-Religious Prayer Service, official naming of two (2) magnificent and iconic buildings in the College after two (2) eminently qualified Nigerians and a Public Lecture.
I hereby respectfully welcome to this event, the Governor of the State of Osun and Visitor to the College, His Excellency, Mr. Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola. Sir, you are welcome to the pioneer state-owned tertiary Institution in the State of Osun. On behalf of all the members of the College community, I heartily congratulate Your Excellency on your assumption of office as the fifth (5th) Executive Governor of our dear State. It is our sincere prayer that the Almighty God will give you the desired wisdom and strength to perform exceedingly well in office. While also welcoming to this event, the immediate past Executive Governor of the State, His Excellency, Ogbeni Abdul-Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, I wish to use this opportunity to heartily congratulate Your Excellency for successfully completing two (2) terms in office as the Governor of the State of Osun and for successfully handing over to a suitable and capable successor.
Osun State College of Education, Ilesa was established on 28th March, 1978 and has without doubts consistently been actualizing the objectives of her founders. The College has in no great measure contributed to the development of education in Osun State and in Nigeria at large. We have so far graduated over Forty two thousand, four hundred and sixty two (42,462) NCE Graduates, Two thousand, three hundred and seventeen (2, 317) B.Ed. Degree Graduates under the University of Ibadan B.Ed. Degree Programme (with eighteen (18) First Class Graduates), and Four thousand, eight hundred and eighty seven (4,887) B.Ed. Degree Graduates under the Lagos State University Sandwich Degree Programme. To the glory of God, we have grown both academically and in the provision of critical infrastructures. We have indeed contributed significantly to the advancement of teacher education and development of teaching manpower not only in the State of Osun, but Nigeria.
As earlier mentioned, part of activities for year 2019 Founder’s Day anniversary is the official naming of two (2) edifices in the College after two distinguished personalities:
- The 1,500-Sitting Capacity College Multi-Purpose Hall which is to be named after His Excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola and
- The College Central Administrative Complex after Professor Bolanle Awe.
Please, permit me to mention why these two (2) personalities deserve this inimitable honour. His Excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, is the first two-term Governor of the State. During his tenure of office, he transformed the education sector in this state to an enviable standard. Some of the laudable projects and programmes implemented by the former Governor include building of mega secondary schools, building of modern and child-friendly primary schools across the state, renovation of school buildings, appointment of teachers, building the capacities and skills of teachers, the school feeding programme and many others. As I have observed in different fora, Ogbeni remained the only Governor in Nigeria who implemented the education programme according to the principles and dictates of the National Policy on Education. All these initiatives have unarguably impacted positively on the education sector in the state by increasing access to education, enhancing academic qualities and improving performances of the students. As an institution with a mandate centering on teacher education, we cannot but recognize and appreciate all these brilliant initiatives. It is against this background that we have decided to honour His Excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola.
Your Excellences, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, the history of the College would indeed not be completed if the name of Mama Professor Bolanle Awe is omitted or ignored. Mama engineered the establishment of the College in Ilesa town while she was the Honorable Commissioner for Education in the old Oyo State during the administration of Rtd Major General David Jembewon as the Military Governor of Oyo State. She has continually been a great pillar of support to the College. Although, we celebrated her last year when she was honoured with the Founder’s Day Award during the 40th anniversary programme of the College, however, naming a structure in her name is considered most appropriate and imperative.
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. Some of these initiatives include improving the quality of service delivery, increasing our internally generated revenue through diversification into agriculture and attracting external programmes such as the National Directorate of Employment (NDE)/World Bank sponsored project. 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. More important is the fact that the College enjoys peace and tranquility within the campus and with members of the College community.
Let me confirm here that the College is blessed with competent human resources (qualified academic staff as well as seasoned administrative, professional and technical staff), adequate infrastructures and a large landmass of 1,565.52 hectares. The two (2) structures we are naming after the two (2) illustrious citizens of the State are part of the numerous state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities in the College. It is also necessary to mention that we have successfully run and still running degree programmes in education in affiliation with two reputable Universities. The College is therefore well endowed and well positioned to effectively run degree programmes on a full time basis, if we are upgraded to a University of Education.
The limitations of our current NCE programme also call for concern. Enrollment is dwindling to a very worrisome level. In truth, the NCE programme is no longer fashionable and acceptable to parents. It has continually attracted less patronage. While most Universities are struggling to cope with the high number of candidates seeking admissions, here we are struggling to meet up with our carrying capacity for the NCE programme. As I speak, the NCE programme has been left without accreditation since 2005. Indeed, we are expected to present our NCE programme for accreditation latest by June, 2019, lest the hammer of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) will fall on the College. Efforts to secure the N50million promised by the state government in 2018 have denied us the opportunity to get the NCE programme accredited.
While making a case for a university status, I have mentioned some of our strengths. We have weaknesses too but we are working hard to overcome them. 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.
At this juncture, I wish to commend all our present benefactors who have in the past supported the College in one way or the other. I also need to commend those who have served the College in the past and those of us who are still in active service for a job well done. What defines our corporate achievement has been hard work, commitment, and team work and I urge us to continue in this trend.
I cannot but express our most profound gratitude to the Government of the State of Osun for providing us with the enabling environment to carry out the laudable assignment of contributing to the development of the state.
In conclusion, on behalf of the Fellows’ Forum, Management, staff and students of the College, I wish to express my profound appreciation to all your Excellences and other distinguished invited guests for honouring our invitation to this event.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Labayo Kolawole Kazeem