The Provost of Adeyemi College of Education ( ACE) Ondo, Prof. Olukoya Joseph Ogen, has expressed optimism that the year 2018 would be a glorious one, that would bring great achievements in the College.
Prof. Ogen gave the assurance while speaking at venues of the two prayer meetings organised by Christians and Muslim faithful to offer prayer for the commencement of the new year on Tuesday January 2, 2018 in the institution.
The spiritual gathering which flagged off the College organised monthly prayer meeting for the year 2018, were held simultaneously in the institution at the Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium and the College Central Mosque respectively.
While speaking on the need for people to seek constantly the face of God through prayers, the College helmsman explained that the holding of the new year prayer and the monthly spiritual gathering in the institution, was aimed at showing appreciation to God for His love, protection, mercy and favour at all times.
Prof. Ogen used the opportunity to express gratitude to God for various outstanding achievements recorded locally and internationally in the College in year 2017 and thanked staff of the institution for support, cooperation and prayer.
While reiterating his determination to continue to work for the advancement of the College, the Provost urged them not to relent in their support and prayer for his administration and expressed optimism that the year 2018 would bring good fortune to the institution.
In a sermon delivered at the prayer session held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium, the preacher, Pastor Ernest Isesele, emphasized the importance of thanksgiving and the need for people to live righteously.
According to the cleric, "when people surrender their lives to God and obey His commandment, they would enjoy mercy, grace and favour".
He quoted several passages in the Bible in places which include Psalm 127 V 1-3 as well as Psalm 103V 17 and used Joseph, Esther and Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ as examples of people who obtained mercy, grace and favour from God.
Underscoring the importance of hardwork, honesty and sincerity in service delivery, the clergyman urged staff of the college to redouble effort in contributing to the progress and advancement of the institution.
While prophesying that God would do wonderful things in the College in year 2018, the cleric also prayed that the Almighty creator would bring favourable achievements and sound of Joy in the College.
Stressing the need for workers in the institution to allow the will of God to have a place in the College in year 2018, the religious leader, however, warned against act of disobedience saying anyone who indulge in it, would be doing it at his or her peril.
He said : " God expect hardwork, it is very important that you do your work sincerely. If we want mercy, we must equally show mercy to others".
Similarly, in another prayer session organised by Muslim faithful at the College Mosque, the Chief Imam of Ondo kingdom, Alhaji (Dr.) Bashir Alimi, commended College Management for peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims faithful in the institution.
Alhaji Alimi also lauded the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen for all the achievements recorded since his assumption of leadership and prayed that Allah would not depart from his administration.
While harping on the need for people appointed or elected into leadership position to have fear of God and exhibit exemplary leadership qualities, the revered Muslim leader eulogized Prof Ogen describing him as hardwork, selfless leader and good human resource manager.
Alhaji Alimi, assured the College helmsman of support of members of Muslim community and prayed for peace, progress and advancement of the College.
The prayer meeting which attracted large numbers of staff of the College across religious affiliation featured offering of prayer for the College Management, Staff and Students.
Important personalities who attended the programme include members of the College pastoral team, Islamic clerics from within and outside the College, Deans and Directors, Heads of Departments and Units, staff and students to mention but a few.