Newly appointed Osun State Head of Service, Dr. Festus Gboyega Oyebade, has advocated that the management of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo should introduce legal education in its curriculum of teacher education to give the College a competitive edge.
He stated this on Friday when the College management, national executive officers and other members of the Alumni Association of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Osogbo, to congratulate him on his appointment as the Osun State Head of Service.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola appointed Dr. Oyebade, an alumnus of Adeyemi College, as the head of service of the state of the Living Spring on 27 October, 2017. He earned both the Nigeria Certificate in Education in Geography and English and a Bachelor of Science Education degree in Geography from the premier college of education in Nigeria.
He observed that introducing teaching of legal education relevant to teacher education in the curriculum becomes imperative to fill the gap created by lack of understanding of laws related to teaching and learning processes in Nigeria.
He explained that running the course would go a long way in stemming the ugly tide of leaked examinations, use of corporal punishment, child abuse and rising cases of rape among school children, maintaining that the authority of teachers should be based on knowledge and not corporal punishment.
Meanwhile, he urged the federal government to remove all hindrances to the College's becoming a full-fledged federal university of education in the Southwest Nigeria, as he called on all alumni of the College to rise in their various spheres of influence to ensure that the dream is actualized. He asserted that the College has all it takes to be a full-fledged university.
The team was led by the Deputy Provost of the College, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, who represented the Provost, Professor Olukoya Ogen, who was on official assignment in Abuja. Akintunde and Ogen are alumni of Adeyemi College.
Akintunde, who presented a congratulatory letter of the provost and souvenir from the College, explained that the College was elated that an alumnus had been appointed to the exalted position of the Head of Service of his home state.
Director, Development and Alumni Relations, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Mr. Yemi Olugbamigbe, who led the national executive officers of the association to identity with the success of its member, said the association is proud that its members are doing well in their various careers.
He presented a large portrait of the head of service made by the old student’s association to Dr. Oyebade on behalf of the national executive officers of the association, urging him as a good ambassador to keep flying the banner of the College and to be committed to development of the association both at the state and national levels.
Olugbamigbe assured the HoS that the College would like to pioneer the teaching of educational laws when the College has been upgraded to a university of education, saying that its senate would design its own curriculum and programmes of study. He noted that the College community is awaiting passage of bill to upgrade the College to a university of education by the National Assembly.
Dr. Oyebade assured that he would do everything within his reach to ensure his alma mater is upgraded to university of education as soon as possible.
Until his appointment as the head of service of Osun State, Oyebade was a permanent secretary, local government loans board, office of the governor and had been in the service of Osun State since 27 August, 1991 when Osun was carved out of the old Oyo State. He started his career in Oyo on 11 January, 1991 and transferred his service to the newly created state and rose through the rank to this enviable height of his career. Oyebade, an indigene of Obokun in Ibokun Local government council, was born on 24 March 1962 in Orile Owu in Ayedaade local government council in Osun State.
Oyebade, who heartily welcomed the delegation from his alma mater, recalled with nostalgia his days in the College in the 1980s when he was a student, who explored his environment fully, and pioneer of press club in the College. He acknowledged the vista of opportunities the College provided him to develop his full potentials.
"Whatever I am today is as a result of the training and discipline I received in the College. The quality education I had in the College has provided a launch pad for what I am today, " he said. He urged members of the association to continue to network with each other to reposition the College.
Oyebade was the founder and first editor-in-chief of the Torch Press Club in 1981, a member of Man 'O' War Club and Heritage Club during his NCE days. During his degree programme in the late 1980s, he was a member of the Rotaract Club and Amnesty International.
Dr Oyebade assured that he would do everything within his reach to ensure his alma mater is upgraded to university of education as soon as possible.
Present at the occasion from the home chapter were chairman, Ondo chapter, Mr. Robert Akinkuoye; Mrs. Adebimpe Olabode; Barrister S. O. Okewoye; Messrs Folahan Olaniyi and Ibitayo Odetade and Senior Assistant Registrar, Information and Public Relations Unit (ACE), Mr. Paul Adeagbo.
Alumni from Osun State chapter at the event were: chairman, Osun state chapter, Mr. Abiodun Oyemakinde; Barristers Adewale Adegbami and Olamilekan Ibraheem. Others were Messrs Muritala Fakunle, Olabode Akinjogbin, Iwaloye Olugbenga and Mrs. Hellen Shofarasin.