ACE Provost gets award, dedicate to former teacher

The Provost of Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, has been conferred with the award of Outstanding Alumnus by the institution’s School of Arts and Social Sciences.

The award was given at the 9th Annual Conference of the school, held on Tuesday June 7, 2017 in the College.

Speaking on the award, Prof. Ogen, who had his Bachelor Degree in Historyfrom the institution, congratulated the organizers and expressed happiness for the honour.

The Provost later announced the dedication of the award to his former teacher, Dr. Adegboyega Ajayi, who taught him while he was a student in the College.

Dr. Adegboyega Ajayi, who is still in active service and physically present on the occasion, was the former Deputy Provost in the College and currently lectures in the Department of History, School of Arts and Social Sciences in the institution.

While announcing the dedication of the award to Dr. Adegboyega, Prof. Ogen described him as a role model, excellent and highly dedicated teacher, who impacted positively on him, during his student days in ACE.

The College helmsman used the occasion to drop hint of plan to bring all his mentors and teachers to ACE before the expiration of his tenure, saying the step was geared towards celebrating, appreciating and rewarding them,  for their contributions towards his progress in life.

Similarly, four eminent personalities including the current Deputy Provost of the College, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; Doctors Gbade Ikuejube, former Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences; Olatunde Oladokun, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Self-Reliance Economic Advancement Programme (SEAP) and Adebayo Eludoyin, a lecturer in the Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife were honoured individually with Distinguished and Outstanding Alumnus award respectively.

Meanwhile, a University don, Prof. Afolabi Funso Isolaowa, has emphasised the need for restructuring and diversification of the Nigeria’s economy in order to move the nation out of the current economic recession.

Afolabi, a Professor of Geography made the statement while presenting a lead paper at the 9th Annual Conference of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.

Speaking on the theme of the conference entitled : ‘’ Nigeria’s Economic Environment and the Imperative for Restructuring and Diversification’’, the University lecturer expressed serious concern about what he described as non-performance of some sectors of the Nigeria’s economy and stated that the situation could be addressed through restructuring.

He described Nigeria as a mono-cultural economy and oil-dependent nation, stating that the development which has affected the fortune of the country, was caused by the neglect of agricultural production of Cocoa, Palm produce and Groundnut, which used to be its mainstay and major foreign exchange earners, before the discovery of crude oil.

Prof. Afolabi also attributed the poor state of the country’s economy to mis-management, corruption and poor implementation of good economic policies, which were borrowed from abroad but poorly domesticated.

The EkSU Professor of Geography also took a swipe at the country’s leadership at all levels of government stating that the practice of democracy, a concept popularly define as ‘’government of the people, by the people and for the people’’, has not brought the desired dividends to the masses.

On way out of the problem, he suggested the use of his ( Afolabi’s) model of system of government, which he called ‘’Environ-Democracy’’ stating that its application,  would give room for people to participate and make inputin all decision making atlocal, state and federal government levels.

The Geography Professor also spoke on the 2014 National Conference as well as the clamours for independence by some groups in Nigeria and urged the Federal Government to address what he observed as the issue of inequality and marginalization, which formed the basis of their agitation,  by creating 24 additional states to the current 36 states and 400 local government areas to the existing 774,  saying the move would help in opening up the country, stimulate economic growth and create employment opportunities.

As a way of diversifying the country’s economy, Prof. Afolabi suggested massive investment in Tourism, stating that the step would bring in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and encourage local participation in the nation’s development.

In a speech contained in the Conference programme booklet the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, described the event as gathering of intellectuals and congratulated the organizers for sustaining the culture of intellectual advancement in the institution.

He described the theme of the conference as apt, timely and suitable as it was coming at a ‘’ time when our dear country is passing through economic hardship’’.

The Provost charged the conference organizers to make its outcome available to policy makers and those at the helms of affairs at all levels of government stating that the move could help the country to overcome its current economic challenges.

Also in his address of welcome, the Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences in the College, Dr.Falade David Adedayo, stated that the specific objectives of the conference was aimed at examining the causes of the economic recession, investigating historical antecedents of economic crises, assessing activities and roles of key players in the Nigeria’s economy, articulating strategies that will encourage socio-political and economic integration and sustainable development among others.

He thanked the Provost and members of the College Management for supporting the school and congratulated all award recipients.

The programme held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium was attended by scholars from various tertiary institutions across the country, staff and students of the College, students of St. Helen’s Unity Secondary School Ondo, Adeyemi College Demonstration Secondary School and St. Joseph’s College, Ondo respectively.

Also in attendance were friends and families of award recipients, community leaders including Reverend Damilola Akinwale, the current Executive Secretary of the Ondo Development Committee ( ODC) who represented the chairman of the occasion Chief Olukayode Akinnagbe.