Administrators in higher education institutions have been described as the engine room for powering academic and other activities required for repositioning tertiary institutions across the country to meet global standards in the Twenty-first Century.
As only clean engines deliver power, only ethical professionals in tertiary institutions could contribute meaningfully to developments capable of achieving the goals of 21st Century higher education institutions in Nigeria.
This was made known by the newly appointed Registrar of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede, on Thursday, 8th March, 2018 at the first Learners' Forum organized by the Ondo State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).
Fakorede, a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (ICAD), made this revelation to members of the professional association who converged at the New Centre for Educational Technology Building, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo from various tertiary institutions in Ondo State, in a lecture entitled, "Tertiary Institutions' Administrators: Ethics as a Tool for Professionalism."
The registrar, who has been an administrator in Adeyemi for almost three decades and current vice chairman of NIM Ondo City chapter, highlighted ethical behaviour in organizations as a pointer to professionalism, maintaining that without it the goal of delivering quality education in contemporary Nigeria would be a mirage.
The secretary to the governing council of Adeyemi College, who has a postgraduate diploma and a master of public administration in management of higher education institutions from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, listed punctuality, hard work, confidentiality, team spirit, respect for constituted authority, effective keeping and management of records, among others as ethical behaviour of administrators indicating professionalism.
The vice chairman of NIM Ondo City chapter warned participants at the learning forum to desist from unethical behaviour such as bribery, misuse of resources, lateness to work, corruption, financial embarrassment and engagement in other occupations as capable of undermining professionalism.
Fakorede, appointed as the fifth substantive registrar of the College on 14th December, 2017 after serving as acting registrar on two occasions in the last twelve years (December 2006 - June 2007 and June - December 2017), received a letter containing a congratulatory message on her appointment from the national leadership of NITAD at the event.
She was presented a plaque as the guest speaker and decorated with the lapel of NITAD along with the chief host of NITAD in Ondo State, Provost of the College, Professor Olukoya Ogen, for moral and financial support to the association at the event. She was also presented some journals of NITAD by the organizers of the event.
Earlier, chairman of NITAD in Ondo State, Mr. Taiwo Akinola, had paid glowing tributes to the guest speaker not only as a boss but also as a mentor. The event was mainly packaged to identify with and celebrate the newly appointed registrar.
Present at the forum were seasoned administrators: Acting College Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi, who represented the provost; Ondo City chapter of NIM, Mr. Gabriel Awe; a fellow of NIM in Ondo City and member of NITAD, Mr. Robert Akinkuoye; Ondo/Ekiti State chairman of NITAD, Mr. Taiwo Akinola and; a member of NITAD and chief lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling, Dr. Michael Ogunboyede.
Others were: notable educationist in Ondo City, Chief Dele Ayorinde; Mrs. Yinka Tugbiyele, Mrs. Veronica Akpe, Mrs. Kehinde Fajiye, Mr. Peter Okunniga, Mrs. Bimpe Olabode, Mr. Fatai Jolaade, Mrs Catherine Olotu, Dr. Martins Erinsakin and a member of NITAD governing council and immediate past chairman of Ondo/Ekiti chapter, Mrs. Kehinde Balogun.
Also present at the programme were administrative officers and lecturers from Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Wesley University, Ondo, the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo and the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, Ondo.