Adeyemi College of Education ACE) Ondo, has organized a three-day conference on how to strengthen ties between it and African in the Diaspora. The programme held between December 14 and 16, 2015 was the second in the series of international seminars to be hosted in the College in the year 2015.
In his remark, the Provost of the institution, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, explained that the seminar was organized as part of effort aimed at re-uniting with Africans in the Diaspora from where opportunities could be tapped that would take the institutions to greater heights.
He spoke on issues concerning Africa in the Diaspora and identified factors responsible for brain drain especially among the educated elites.
As way of addressing the problem, the College helmsman stressed the need for African countries to fashion out a more pragmatic approach that would facilitate exchange of ideas between their countries and people of African descent in the Diaspora. According to Prof. Ogen, he said “when people in Africa and Nigeria in particular see themselves as one with those in the Diaspora, there would be lot of benefits and opportunities. Earlier in his address while declaring the Conference opened, its chairman, Prof. AdeduroAdegeye described it as timely, innovative and educative stating that the College would have a lot of benefit from it.
He commended the Provost, Prof. Olukoya Ogen and the College Management for organizing the Conference, and opined that with the status and caliber of resource persons invited to deliver papers, its outcome would add values to the College.
In a paper presented on the occasion by one of the resource persons, Dr. Bryon Price from Barruck’s College, City University of New York, United State of America, he stressed the need for African countries and Nigeria in particular to pay adequate attention to the development of entrepreneurship and agro allied business. According to him, investment in entrepreneurship, agriculture and education would help in accelerating development and create employment opportunities.
While acknowledging availability of human and natural resources in Africa, Bryon explained that available information revealed that the African continent has what it takes to be super powers noting that the only missing link is the inability for its people to properly harnessed what they have for the benefits of their citizens. Bryon stressed the need for the development of local content, culturalexchange and participation of the College in global educational matters especially in the area of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
The University don assured of readiness to partner with the College in boosting its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through recycling of waste management adding that his presence in the institution was aimed at exploring ways through which the Diaspora Institute of which he is one of the major stakeholders could work with Nigerian citizens to develop the country.
Also in her paper presentation, Dr. Shantelle George highlighted some similarities in culture and tradition between her country, Grenada, in the Caribbean and Nigeria. While calling for greater ties between the two countries, shantelle said such cooperation would bring positive dividends and promote socio/cultural development and friendship.
The international lecture series which featured cultural performance by an Ondo town Obitun cultural troupe was attended by eminent personalities from within outside the College.
The dignitaries present were the coordinator, African Diaspora Institute, Prince Akinwale Ojomo; some principal Officers of the College, including the Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul; Acting Librarian, Mr. R.A Awoyemi; Dr. Isaac Fabarebo, Heads of Department of Yoruba, Igbo and music; Dr. Mrs. Ireti Awosika; Mr. Yemi Olugbamigbe as well as Mr. Ahmed Jimoh from chams Plc among others.
The programme was later brought to end with the presentation of papers on three topical issues by two lecturers from the College, Drs. Olarewaju, Cecilia Abiodun, and Martina Chinelo Onuegbu from Department of Home Economics and Igbo Language respectively while the third paper was delivered by Dr. (Mrs.) Akinuoye, Caroline Folayemi from the Directorate of Police Education, Zonal Quality Assurance Office, Kano.