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OYSCATECH gets first female deputy rector as council ratifies appointment

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The Governing Council at its meeting held last Friday, ratified the appointment of a new Deputy Rector for Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora.

The new Deputy Rector is the first female deputy rector in the history of the institution.

She is Dr. Taiwo Adekemi Akinyemi of Home and Rural Economics Department, Faculty of Agricultural Extension and Home and Rural Economics.

Dr. Akinyemi was elected by the Board of Studies on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, following the retirement of the former Deputy Rector from active service.

Dr. Akinyemi was born in Ibadan North Local Government area of Oyo State about 57 years ago.

She attended Ebenezer African Primary School, Ekotedo, Ibadan between 1972 and 1978 for her Primary School Leaving Certificate.

Taiwo Akinyemi had her secondary education at Isabatudeen Girls Grammar School, Ibadan between 1978 and 1983 where she obtained West African School Certificate.

Dr. Akinyemi proceeded to Divisional Teacher’s College, Ipetumodu in 1983 and Oyo State College of Education, Ilesa between 1985 and 1988 where she obtained Grade II Teacher’s Certificate and National Certificate of Education respectively.

Dr. Taiwo Akinyemi is an alumnus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics in 1996.

She was awarded a Federal Government Scholarship on Teacher Training Programme (TTP) between 2001 and 2003 to pursue a Masters Degree Programme also at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she bagged Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Home Economics in 2005.

In her quest to further advance knowledge, Taiwo Akinyemi returned to the University of Nigeria Nsukka and obtained Doctor of Philosophy in Home Economics in 2016.

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Her working experience spans through primary, secondary and tertiary education.

Dr. Akinyemi served the Oyo State Primary School Management Board as a class teacher at A.D.C. Primary School Apomu between 1988 and 1991 and Community Primary School Ogbere, Ibadan from 1991 to 1992.

She equally worked with the Oyo State Teaching Service, as a class teacher at Queen of Apostle Secondary School, Oluyoro between 1992 to 2002 and Army Barrack Grammar School, Iwo Road, Ibadan between 2002 to 2009.

Dr. Akinyemi has served as Part-Time Lecturer in Home Economics Courses at the Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo between 2000 to 2007, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti and Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo Centre.

The Deputy Rector joined the services of Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora, as Lecturer II and she was appointed as Coordinator, Home and Rural Economics Department in 2009. The position she occupied till 2011. In 2011, she was promoted to the position of Lecturer I, which gave her the opportunity to become the acting Head of Department, Home and Rural Economics and the Sub-Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Extension, Home and Rural Economics in 2013.

In 2014 she was appointed as Senior Lecturer and Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Extension, Home and Rural Economics, the position she held till 2017.

She later rose to the position of a Principal Lecturer and in October, 2020, she was promoted to the postion of a Chief Lecturer.

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Dr Akinyemi served in various capacities in the College and has contributed significantly to the development of Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora.

Dr. Akinyemi was member, College Welfare Committee, Member, College Commissioning Committee between 2009-2011.

Also, she was Member, College Canteen Committee between 2009 and 2012, Member, Accreditation and Resource Inspection Committee 2011 – 2012 and Member, Laboratory Equipment Committee 2011-2012 .

The hard working Taiwo Akinyemi served as Member, OYSCATECH Resource Inspection Committee for the visitation of the National Board for Technical Education in January, 2015.

Dr. Akinyemi at different capacities served as Member, Board of Studies, Member, Promotion and Appointment Committee from 2011 till date, Member, Faculty Board, 2013 till date and Member, Internally Generated Revenue and Allocation Committee.

The new Deputy Rector as a go-getter, chaired so many committee, some of which include ; Chairman, Faculty Board, 2014 to 2017, Chairman, Committee of Deans 2016 and 2017.

She equally served as Director, Academic Planning Unit in 2017, the position she held before taking another appointment as Director, OYSCATECH Global Consult. The position she held for two years.

The Deputy Rector is up to date in her chosen career, as she belongs to the following professional bodies; Home Economics Research Association of Nigeria, Home Economics Teachers Association of Nigeria, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Hospitality and Tourism Management Association and National Association of Teachers of Technology.

Outside the shore of the Polytechnic, Dr. Akinyemi served as Assistant Examiner in Home Management, West African Examination Council (WAEC) since 1998 and National Examination Council (NECO) since 2000 respectively.

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She also served as a Proctor, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) since 2017 and as Board Member, Biokin Farms and Agro Allied Services, 2010 till date.

During her Post graduate Studies, Dr. Taiwo Akinyemi was the Assistant Secretary General, Post Graduate Hall of University of Nigeria, Nsukka between 2003 to 2008.

Dr. Akinyemi remains the Vice President, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Alumni Association (Ibadan Branch) till date and Women President, Flame Gospel Ministry Anifalaje, Akobo from 2001 till date.
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The new Deputy Rector is a Member, Ibadan Descendant Union, Igboora Branch.

Dr. Akinyemi is a regular Public speaker and Guest Lecturer at different forum.

Dr. Akinyemi had participated in several Conferences and Seminars.

She has supervised over forty students’ projects, while she has several books and journal articles published to her credit.

 

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OYSCATECH not shut; academic activities was only disrupted by students – Management

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Authority of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora (OYSCATECH) on Tuesday dismissed report that the citadel of learning was shut after protest by the students.

It added that the School is still in session but academic activities was only disrupted by students .

Also, the school authority expressed surprise at the hasty decision of the Students Union Government of the institution to disrupt academic activities without first presenting its agitations to the management of the institution

Contained in a statement by the Institution’s Acting Registrar, Mr. Paul Oyediran, which was made available to newsmen by its Public Relations officer, Opeyemi Olawore, the management said, “the attention of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology (OYSCATECH), Igboora has been drawn to a misleading information being circulated by some online media about a peaceful protest by Students of Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora on Monday, February, 2021.

“It is therefore, necessary to put the record straight in order to prevent members of the public from being misguided. The general public are hereby notified that Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora has not been shut, the School is still in session but academic activities was only disrupted by student”.

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The management further calls for patience on the part of the students, urging the students’ Union Leadership to present its agitations.

According to the Students Union president, Comrade Salahudeen Hameed Olasunkanmi who spoke with the Acting Registrar of the institution, “the protest was aimed at drawing the attention of stakeholders to the poor funding of education.”

However, the Management said it is worrisome that some individuals for reasons best known to them decided to mislead members of the public by distorting the facts under whatever guise in order to bring the good name of the institution to a disrepute.

The statement further noted that the Management has never turned deaf hears to the needs of Students and other materials that would make the stay of students on campus an enjoyable one.

The statement read, “For the records, Students of Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora can attest to the fact that they are usually treated as very important personalities, while students’ matters are giving priority attention within the available resources.

“It is therefore not true that poor treatment was meted out to students of the institution or that the students were protesting as a result of neglect in the hand of the school management.

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“With respect to amenities, it is no gainsaying that the institution has state of the art facilities for teaching and learning, while some are due for upgrading, but efforts are underway to fix such. Besides, the institution has up to 10 boreholes that supply water to the various departments in the college, while the health centre of the institution which was donated by the Ibarapa Central Local Government, has experienced personnel that provide medical assistance to ailing students.

“Also, the institution is connected to the national grid and generators are available at the various department for power supply.

“The management wishes to put on record that the welfare of students and that of its leaders have never been handled with levity, as the management pledges its untiring effort to students’ welfare and sound teaching and training of the youths towards innovation, food sufficiency and self- employment”, the statement explained.

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LAUTECH workers’ Union absolves VC of allegations of incitement

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The Non Academic Staff Union of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) has absolved the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the institution, Professor Michael Olufisayo Ologunde, of sundry allegations of incitement over unpaid salary arrears by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

The union stressed that the recent demand for payment of the unpaid salaries and allowances of its members was not instigated by the management of the institution.

The state gaffer, Makinde, yesterday in a statewide monthly live media chat on the state owned radio and television stations, had earlier alleged that the institution’s Vice Chancellor was the brain behind workers’ demand for immediate payment of their salary arrears barely one month after the state took over management of the Institution.

Governor Makinde said it is disheartening to note that a VC of a reputable institution like LAUTECH could be fingered in such an act.

But, LAUTECH workers’ Union, in a statement signed by the chairman of the Joint Action Committee of the non-teaching staff, Alex Alesinloye Muraina and made available to journalists on Saturday in Ogbomoso, insisted that the allegation that certain members of the institution’s management are instigating workers’ union to demand for their allowances is a ‘flagrant distortion of truth’.

Muraina added that workers don’t need anyone to push them to ask for their emoluments.

The statement read , “We are compelled to react to the radio phone-in programme of His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State this morning on 98.5 FM, particularly as it affects the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, and the demand by the Joint Action Committee of the non-teaching staff, for accumulated unpaid salaries and allowances dating back to 2012.

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“With all sense of responsibility, we are aware of the various efforts of our amiable Governor to put LAUTECH on the global map through his generosity.

“We are also aware that some mischievous individuals are working assiduously to ensure that the Governor is enlisted in moves to unjustly punish some individuals.

“In an apparent satisfaction with the running of the institution by the management as currently constituted, JAC noted that the current vice chancellor is the first to be appointed from within the University community since LAUTECH’s establishment over three decades ago”.

Muraina, who is also the chairman of the university’s Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities recalled that the agitation, especially  for unpaid salaries has been on since 2016, when the present crop of leaders of LAUTECH were at best lecturers and administrators, holding no special position.

He explained that workers have continually made representations to succeeding administrations in the two owner states before recently when Oyo became the sole owner.

The statement continued, “This is the first time in the over 30 years existence of the University, that an insider will be Vice-Chancellor and we have never had it this good.

“That some members of Management of the Institution have been instigating workers’ unions to ask for payment of their emoluments is a flagrant distortion of fact, because all workers are aware of what is being owed them and do not need to be reminded to ask for their wages.

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“We have also made representations to the present Governor of Oyo State not fewer than three times before the last one, so it is wrong to say that demands are being made now because Oyo owns LAUTECH.

“For the avoidance of doubts, LAUTECH non-teaching staff are being owed 8 months salaries, 13 months cooperative deductions, promotion arrears, earned allowances for years among other things”.

The workers in the statement, however appealed to Governor Makinde to do everything within his power to facilitate payment of their accumulated allowances, noting that the situation has led to untimely death of some members while some of them are dying.

“Rather than engage the Governor who has proved to be our friend and benefactor in a squabble and become ingrates, we want to appeal to him to see the need to facilitate payment of all outstanding emoluments, considering that a number of our people have died due to their inability to cater for their health, more are still dying.

“We want to assure the Governor of our sincere hundred percent loyalty and support to his government.

“We want to plead with him to jettison whatever anyone may be telling him in order to put a wedge between Management of LAUTECH and his government.

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“The leadership of the workers’ Union in LAUTECH, the only Institution in the State where payment of minimum wage has not commenced, is hereby reiterating that the present crop of Management is the best in our over 30 years history and that we thank Governor Makinde for undertaking not to tamper with the present structure, for now”, the statement added.

 

 

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Prof. Ibidapo-Obe: The Wind That Carries Clothes Stacked in the Room and The Rest of Us

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He sauntered in with a gait that did not betray his age in any way. As he approached the staircase that led to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, he noticed a gathering of students in the Library Hall a few metres away. He made a detour and within minutes, he was addressing a set of freshmen, telling them of the myriad of opportunities ahead of them. Hearing that it was their first day as students of First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan seemed to ignite something in him. He took his time to tell them of his experience as an undergraduate about five decades ago and how it was possible for them to chart a course for their lives even from day one as Tech-Uites.

He did something similar at the gala organized for the pioneer students of Tech-U during their orientation. Having arrived the venue early with his wife, he took time to interact with the students, many of who didn’t know who he was until later that evening. He spoke to them individually about their dreams and aspirations and encouraged them to work towards those dreams.

That was something no one could take away from Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe; timely and necessary presence. Those who were in the University of Lagos then would agree that in his time as Vice-Chancellor, if there was a crime on campus, he would be there within five minutes. Another thing was his love and avuncular disposition towards young people.

His profile was no doubt intimidating; apart from being a renowned Professor of Systems Engineering, he was a man given to path-breaking research, passionate teaching and impactful community engagement. From being the best graduating student in 1971, he was the first to graduate with a First Class and the first student to win the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize outside the College of Medicine in UNILAG. Those who say his rise was exponential are always quick to add that he put in a corresponding amount of effort to achieve the results he did.

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I found his affection for young people inexplicable until he told my good friend and brother, Femi Babatunde one of the reasons behind it. “Of course I relate with young people. The people you are making policies for are young people. Your policies will not prosper if you don’t carry the young people along”, he said.

An apparently unknown part of his achievements is that he set up what is today known as UNILAG Consult from the scratch. He was the pioneer Managing Director of the organization. His unmitigated interaction with the industry was put to effective use during his sabbatical leave when he became a Director at Ikeja Hotels; the company that built the Sheraton Hotels back then.

His skills of analysis and organization have never been in doubt. When put to the test, he produced outstanding results: the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Ikwo is a proof. Narrating the experience when he was tasked with setting up a Federal University in Ebonyi State, Professor Ibidapo-Obe said “when I went to Ebonyi, I had to start from the scratch. We call it green field; they just give you a forest with some touches of human beings living there, which they claim is their ancestral land”.

That probably explains the serious bond between Professors Oye Ibidapo-Obe and Ayobami Salami, the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Nigeria’s premier Technical University. The latter is going through what Professor Ibidapo-Obe went through in Ndufu Alike with the establishment of First Technical University, Ibadan. Interestingly, Professor Ibidapo-Obe was the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of Tech-U till he passed on.

Both are united in the belief that vision is one of the key requirements for building a 21st Century University. Both men also see functional technical tertiary education as a panacea for Nigeria’s education system which has been uglified by the innumerable problems bedeviling it. Both professors have demonstrated their belief in the Tech-U advantage, which is equipping young people to become job creators right from the university. Little wonder the Council of the University chaired by Professor Ibidapo-Obe is made up of accomplished professionals who know fully well that education as a tool can cure all the problems of Nigeria as a nation. Yes, Tech-U’s pioneer Pro-Chancellor saw the birth of Nigeria’s first entrepreneurial university, where students are trained not only to use their brains but their hands too. Sadly, he didn’t wait to see the pioneer set graduate.

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The list of those who will miss Professor Ibidapo-Obe is endless: Governor Seyi Makinde, who was his student in UNILAG will miss the wise counsel of the deceased. Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu Alike, will miss its pioneer Vice-Chancellor while Tech-U will miss its pioneer Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council. The reason may not be farfetched, over the past four decades, he has built people who became instrumental to the development of their immediate environments and the country as a whole. Those people have in turn, gone ahead to impart more lives.

No one contests the fat that he lived an exemplary and fulfilled life. And his transition sends a strong message to those of us left on this side of eternity that when wind carries clothes stacked in a box in the room, the yam flour seller needs not to be told to take heed. Gone are the days when people argued whether Coronavirus was real or not. Those who have not lost anyone to the virus will likely know someone who survived it or someone who is presently undergoing treatment. It is already that close.

The community transmission we were warned against is already here with unprecedented aggression; same for the second wave of the pandemic and even deadlier new strains of the virus. And while Nigerians continue to anticipate the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine, hardly does any one of us need to be told to take responsibility for ourselves and those around us. It is already public knowledge that medical facilities are already overwhelmed as we have heard of billionaires who could not even get treated for lack of space in the hospitals.

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It is deeply disturbing that many of us have let down our guard. Nose masks are now mostly worn as chin masks while some have done away with them outrightly in the name of “we work in the same office, so I can remove my mask, he is a family member so I am covered”. The culture of regular hand washing that we imbibed only a year ago is fast fading away. Quite unfortunately, not many people are confident enough to go for voluntary testing.

If strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols can save one the stress of contracting the virus, the risk of infecting others and unnecessary death, it is incomprehensible why people have chosen to jettison such preventive measures.

Perhaps more needs to be done to enlighten Nigerians that prevention is not just better; it is also cheaper than cure. COVID-19 is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. And with the rich and influential not immune, the yam flour seller needs to take heed when wind starts removing clothes stacked in the room.

 

Wole Adejumo, writes from Ibadan

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