The School of Science Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo has conferred award on Africa’s richest entrepreneur, Alhaji (Dr) Aliko Dangote and the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Joseph Ogen.
The ceremony took place during the commencement of the 2017 Annual National Conference of the School held on Tuesday May 14, 2017 in the institution.
In his address, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen represented by his deputy, Dr. Samuel Akintunde lauded the organizers of the conference and described its theme: ‘’ STRENGTHENING INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) AS A CHANGE AGENT FOR RECESSED ECONOMY IN A PLURALISTIC WORLD’’, as very suitable and timely especially at this period,’’ when ‘the nation is battling with serious economic challenges.
Prof. Ogen acknowledged the important role which Information Communications Technology (ICT) plays in contemporary world, noting that the institution, in its effort at leveraging on the opportunities derivable from it, has employed its use in administration and Management of finances.
He said: ‘’ This College has recorded monumental success in ICT. The revolution that began about three years ago has earned our College the accolade of being one of the foremost institutions in terms of ICT driven innovative ideas’’.
The College Administrator used the occasion to highlight some achievements recorded by his administration since he took over the leadership of the College over three years ago, to include revamping of the College Website, introduction of functional electronic payment system, establishment of the first Optic Intranet Campus Television (ACE TV), introduction of First On-line Campus Radio in Nigeria as well as implementation of paperless administration in the institution.
Others are introduction of innovation in the conduct of Post UTME, Introduction of Electronic voting ( e-voting) for conduct of Student Union election, digital security, i-laboratory, e-procurement, introduction of Electronic Documentation Management System ( EDMS) and Digitisation of College records to mention but a few.
While reiterating the resolve of his administration to continue to develop the institution’s ICT capacity , the College Administrator said this was necessary as ‘’ our ICT revolution has now been recognized internationally to the extent that the College is now regarded as one of the leading IT institutions in Africa’’
Earlier in his opening remark, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Ezekiel Olusola Ayoola, a member of University of Ibadan Governing Council, while speaking on the theme of the conference, stressed the importance of ICT in all human activities and all round development of nations.
He said: ‘’ ICT affects virtually all the processes of government and business enterprises. It defines how individuals live, work and interact in the contemporary world that has been converted to a global village. It also affects the quality of the natural and built environment’’.
While harping on the need for government in Nigeria to give more attention to the development of ICT, the University of Ibadan Professor of Mathematics opined that the move would lead to the discovery of new technologies, that would possibly help in solving the problems of corruption adding that the introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) are some examples of how technology could be used to tackle corruption in the country.
Also in his keynote address, a former Director at the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Olumide Sunday Adewale, while also speaking on the conference theme, dwell on topics which include recessed economy, IT and Socio/economic development, IT and economic growth and ways by which technology can help in promoting the development of a nation.
He stressed the need for diversification of the economy noting that by current realities, crude oil ‘’is no longer a viable economic mainstay. The University don also advised the government to tackle the problem of shortfall emanating from low crude oil sale by devising viable economic policy and developing Information Technology (IT) sector saying the move would enhance national wealth and create employment opportunity.
Similarly, a lecturer in the Department of Physics, Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, Dr. Alexander Chinyere Nwakpa while delivering the lead paper at the conference, gave general overview of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and listed eight different ways by which it could be strengthened to advance agriculture and rural development.
He equally highlighted eight different challenges facing ICT and expressed serious concern about its negative aspect as regards its use in commission of crime.
On ways by which critical problems facing developing countries could be solved, the Physics lecturer urged government in Africa to show more concern to the development of ICT saying the move would assist them in tackling issues associated with recessed economy.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Dean, School of Science, Dr. Peter Oyetunji Akinbile stated that the conference theme was chosen to serve as wake up call to the three tiers of government in Nigeria, to strengthen the ICT sector, in order to enable the country explored its numerous advantages for remarkable and sustainable development.
He commended the College Management for approving the hosting of the conference as well Staff and student of the school of science for their commitment and loyalty and urged them to ‘’keep up the good work so that the glory of God shall continue to shine in our lives’’.
In his goodwill message, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu represented by Mr. John Fola Dara, Director of Schools, Ondo State Ministry of Education, congratulated the organizers and pledged the commitment of his administration to the development of ICT in the state.
The Governor also pledged his readiness to partner with the College in the advancement of education and gave assurance of his administration’s resolve to continue to implement programmes and policies that would take education to the next level and add values to the lives of the populace.
Similarly, the Ondo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Femi Agagu described the theme of the conference as apt saying it was crafted and in line with the vision of the President Buhari-led Federal Government.
The Commissioner who was represented by Mr. Akinrimade Oluwayomi, Special Assistant (Political) to the Commissioner, emphasised the importance of ICT in governance, stating that it was in the realisation of this fact, that his administration decided to organise the first ever Ondo State Education summit which aimed at facilitating the strengthening of ICT in the education sector in the state.
He lauded the Provost, Prof. Olukoya Ogen and the entire Management of the institution for the development and strengthening of ICT Sub-sector in the College.
The highpoint of the ceremony held at the Obongawan Lecture theatre was the presentation of award to the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen. The award was received on his behalf by the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde.
The event also featured presentation of gifts to the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Odunayo Akeredolu, his Education Commissioner, Mr. Femi Agagu; Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Ezekiel Olusola Ayoola; KeynoteAddress presenter, Prof. Olumide Sunday Adewale while a certificate was given to the lead paper presenter, Dr. Alexander Chinyere Nwakpa.
Eminent personalities from within and outside the College who attended the event include the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; Acting Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul; Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.
Also present were Deans and Directors, Heads of Departments and Units as well as staff and students of the College to mention but a few.