Workers in Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo have been urged to intensify prayers for peace, progress and unity in the institution and Nigeria in year 2016.
This charge was given at a separate prayer meetings organised for the commencement of year 2016 at an interdenominational church service held on Monday January 4, 2016 for Christians and Muslims counterparts at Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium and College Mosque respectively.
Delivering a sermon at the Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium, Pastor Sola Gbayisemore, advised members of the College community to lay more emphasis on prayers in the new year adding that the move would enable them experience dramatic change in their places of work and the institution in general. He also stressed the need for members of the College Management, workers and students to always seek divine wisdom and walk in the light of God.
Citing several passages from the Holy scripture including Ephesians 3 v 10; Jeremiah 20 among others to buttress his points, Gbayisemore said wisdom of God is one of the important requirement needed by people to assess the realm of glory. He thereafter offered prayers for peace, progress, unity and accelerated development in the College in year 2016.
Also in another prayer session organised by members of the College Muslim community, the Chief Imam of Ondo City, Alhaji Bashir Alimi,expressed happiness for tolerance and peaceful co-existence between members of different religious faith in the institution. He applauded the Provost, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, for his support to members of Muslim community in the College and the development that had taken place in the institution since his assumption of office over a year ago.
Alhaji Alimi also commended the College authorities for organizing and sustaining the annual prayer meeting which he said was aimed at drawing members of the College community closer to God and to seek divine favor from the Almighty Allah in the new year.
The religious leader admonished both staff and students to remain loyal and give maximum cooperation and support to the College Management in their efforts at taking the institution to higher level.
In a speech delivered at the two separate prayer meetings, the Provost of the College,Prof. Olukoya Ogen, commended staff of the institution for dedication to duty, cooperation and support. He reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to give priority to workers welfare and stressed the need for staff to rededicate themselves in the discharge of their officials duties in the new year. The College helmsman assured of his support to religious bodies in the institution and urged members of the College community to continue to sustain religious harmony existing in the institution.
The prayer meetings which was attended by religious leaders from both Christians and Muslim faithful within and outside the institution, featured praise worship, quoranic recitation as well as offering of prayers for College Management, teaching and non-teaching staff and students.
Also in attendance were Principal Officers of the College including the Registrar, Mr. Felix Aderinboye, Acting Librarian, Mr Akinadewo Awoyemi, Deans and Directors, Head of Units and Departments including the Head, information and Public Relations Unit of the College, Mr Moses Akinfolarin, staff and students among others.