Union lauds ACE Management, plans to honour Provost

The national body of the Senior Staff Union Colleges of Education Nigeria (SSUCOEN), has commended the Management of Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, for various developmental projects taking place in the institution.

The commendation was made by the National Vice President of the association, Comrade Nicholas Ugbuso, while delivering a goodwill message on behalf of the national President, Comrade Danladi Alli Mpsheliza at the 27th Southwest delegate conference of SSUCOEN, held on Thursday, June 7, 2017 in the College.

Underscoring the importance of mutual understanding, unity and cooperation in every establishment, the SSUCOEN National President expressed satisfaction with the level of cordial relationship existing between the local chapter of the Union and the College Management.

Comrade Danladi who spoke through his Deputy, Nicholas Ugbuso, also dropped hint of plan by the union to confer award on the College Provost, Prof Olukoya Ogen, and his counterpart at the Federal College of Education, Azare, Bauchi State, for their administrative acumen, and outstanding leadership qualities.

He assured members of the association nationwide that the new executive under his leadership would introduce innovations that would make the union worthy of emulation and add values to the lives of members.

The SSUCOEN national President also spoke on revised scheme of work and condition of service addendum and stated that matters relating to the issue of staff elevation to Senior Deputy Registrar and Senior Deputy Bursar positions respectively had been resolved with the government and stated that its implementation has come into effect, in some Colleges of Education in the country.

Comrade Danladi also listed other issues that the association was working on to include the pressure for the inclusion of holders of Director of Works and his counterpart in the Medical Service positions, on the list of Principal Officers in Colleges of Education, and assured that the union would not relent in its effort at ensuring that the demand for increase in Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) allocation to members of the Union, is achieved to enable them have access to funds, through which their career advancement could be achieved.

Also in his address, the South-West Zonal Chairman, SSUCOEN, Comrade Ebun Atinuke, described the conference as historic and lauded management of ACE for identifying and supporting the Union.

He commended the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen and his Management team for various achievements recorded and robust relationship existing between the union and the institution.

While stressing the importance of consultation, openness and transparency in administration, Atinuke said it is only through that, that confrontation and disagreement could be prevented.

The SSUCOEN South-West Zonal chair lauded the College Management for the absorption of staff of the institution’s demonstration school into the mainstream, and given them opportunity to enjoy all benefits as staff of the College.

He assured the Provost of continued support and stated that the Union wouldbe  willing to provide any useful information, that may be required by him, in the task of moving the College forward.

In his address, the Provost of the College, Prof. OlukoyaOgen, represented by his Deputy, Dr. Samuel Akintunde , congratulated members of SSUCOEN for organizing the conference.

He also lauded the leadership of the association for having robust partnership with the Management, stating that the development has brought industrial peace and harmony.

The Provost reiterated the commitment of the College to welfare of staff and sought continued support and cooperation from them.

He urged participants at the conference to come out with communique, that would make positive impact in the lives of their members and entire workforce in the country.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Chairman SSUCOEN, ACE chapter, Comrade Liasu Jimoh thanked the College Management for regular payment of salary and provision of enabling environment which has enable staff of the College to discharge their duties effectively.

Liasu also lauded members of the Union in the College for their financial support towards the completion of the Union secretariat and assured that his leadership would not disappoint them.

The ACE SSUCOEN Chair, however, listed four demands which he urged the national body to address on behalf of the members.  The demands include elevation of Director of Works and that of Medical Services to the status of a Principal Officers, inclusion of Computer Engineer cadre in the Scheme of Work and condition of service Addendum, elevation of Confidential Secretaries and Executive Officers to CONTEDISS 14 as done in the Polytechnic system, as well as upward review of percentage allocated to Non-teaching staff in Colleges of Education by TETFUND.

He assured College Management of support and promised to make welfare of members his utmost priority.

The programme which held at the New Centre for Educational Technology (CET) building in the College, was attended by some principal officers of the institution including the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde and Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.

Others were National Vice President SSUCOEN, Comrade Nicholas Ugbuso; National Assistant General Secretary, Mr. Mathew Olasan; South-West Zonal Chairman, Comrade Ebun Atinuke; South–west Zonal Secretary, Femi Ladenika; Charles Egunjobi Zonal treasurer as well as Comrade Oropo Tajudeen, Zonal Public Relations Officer.

Also in attendance were delegates from several Colleges of Education.  The Colleges include Adeyemi College of Education, OndoAdeniran Ogunsanya, College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos State; Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Naforija, Epe, Lagos State; Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Ogun State; Ekiti State College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State; Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun as well as the Kwara State of College of Education, Ilorin to mention but a few.

Similarly, eminent personalities which include Deans and Directors, Deputy Registrars, Heads of Departments and Units including Head, Information and Public Relations Unit, Mr. Moses Akinfolarin, Chairman NASU, Comrade Henry Akingbola and staff from various units in the College also attended the event.