The Provost of Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, has joined the rest of the world in celebrating this year World Environmental Day by planting a tree in the institution.
The event held on Monday June 5, 2017 in the College was organized by the institution’s Environmental Sanitation Committee (ESC).
In his opening speech, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, commended members of the ESC for their diligence, and effort made at celebrating the event, which is the first to be organized in the institution.
He stressed the importance of environmental sanitation, and explained that the decision by his Administration to go paperless in the conduct of administrative activities was aimed at protecting the College environment.
The Provost also stated that the planned introduction of alternative energy source in the institution, through the use of solar energy and Biomass Technology, was targeted at reducing the monopoly of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), with the views of enhancing regular and uninterrupted supply of electricity in the College.
Prof. Ogen commended all service providers in the institution including Waste Disposal Operators and cleaners for diligent execution of their jobs.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to welfare of cleaners and expressed determination to continue to provide enabling environment that would enhance their performance.
Also in his address of welcome, the Chairman, College Environmental Sanitation Committee (CESC), Dr. Rasheed Oloyede, described the celebration of the World Environmental Day as a very important occasion adding that the celebration which was the initiative of the United National Assembly which began in the year 1972.
He explained that the day was introduced by the global body in an attempt at addressing environmental issues such as global warming, pollution, deforestation, famine among others, capable of having negative effect on human existence.
Emphasizing the need for urgent attention to be given to environmental protection, Oloyede said this has become necessary, in order to safeguard lives of human beings, plants and animals, which he said are currently being threatened by human activities such as mineral exploration, deforestation, industrial pollution and technological advancement.
The ACE ESC Chair also spoke about the effect of water, air, noise and soil pollution, and warned against its negative consequences and hazards on the ecosystem and living organisms.
On the reason by the College to join the rest of the world in marking the World Environmental Day for this year, Oloyede said it was geared towards the promotion of health awareness, inculcation of eco-friendly attitude and preservation of the College environment for future generations.
In a paper delivered on the occasion by the Head, Environmental Health Unit in the College, Mr. Busari Rasaqentitled : ‘’ What is Environmental Health’’, he described Environmental sanitation ‘’as control of all those factors in a man’s physical environment, which exercise a deleterious effect on his physical, mental and social wellbeing’’.
Busari emphasized the importance of healthy environment and suggested the use of Engineering solution by people, in the process of undertaking sewage disposal, treatment of water, provision of latrine among others in dwelling places stating that the measure would enhance cleanliness and keep the environment safe.
In addition, the Head, College Environmental Health Unit also stressed the importance of hand washing stating that the practice if inculcated would promote and enhance personal hygiene.
He also spoke on water measurement, sampling, sanitation, daily water requirement by people and advised against consumption of contaminated water saying the move would free people from diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever and infectious hepatitis capable of reducing their life span.
He equally tasked public institutions, organisations and bodies charged with the provision, treatment and distribution of water, to always ensure that they carry out effective monitoring of pipes conveying it to different homes, hospitals and industries, in order to ensure that only safe and clean water is provided for human consumption.
The event held amidst fanfare featured singing, dancing, sweeping and cleaning of the campus by workers from different contracting companies handling sanitation work in the College.
It climaxed with planting of a tree at a location close to the School of Vocational and Technical Education by the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen.
The ceremony was graced by the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; Acting Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul and Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.
Others were Dean, Student Affairs, Mr. Olaniyi Olaluwoye; College Director of Medical Services, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmosin; Chairman College of Education Academic Staff Union, ACE Chapter, Dr. Tope Oziegbe, his Non-Academic Staff Union counterpart, Comrade Akingbola Henry.
Also in attendance were Dr. Omolade T.O, Staff Adviser, Environmental Research Association in the College; President ACE student Union, Comrade Omosebi Oluwatobiloba.
The event was also attended by members of the College Environmental Sanitation Committee which include Messrs Busari Rasaq, Olasehinde J.A, Ololade F.O, Bolaji G.O as well as Mrs Olugbamigbe A.O.
Also present were members of Registered Contractors handling Waste Disposal, Cleaning and Clearing activities in the institution. They were, Chief Siji Akinwande, CEO of Sijojo Company Ltd; Mr. Dele Ogunseye, CEO Peerless and Flawless Limited; Mr. Ayomidele Henry represented by Mrs. Abayomi, CEO Fortune Ventures Ltd as well as Mr. John A. Aluko, CEO Lari-Dam Ltd.
Others were Elder Opeyemi David, CEO Etrodat Company Ltd; Mr. Amos Ikusika, CEO Igbekele Amikson Nigeria Enterprises; Chief (Engr.) Bayo Fadoju, CEO Fadobay Company Ltd and Commodore (Dr.) R.O Akinyosoye (Rtd), CEO Christdel Company Nigeria Ltd.