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Professor  J.G Adewale : Odyssey Of A Renowned Scholar And Administrator Par Excellence | By Rahaman Onike

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The decision to write on Professor Jacob Gbemiga Adewale didn’t come as an happenstance, but it is in the spirit of saying farewell to a departing Rector of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora, whose tenure is ending this week. This great scholar has introduced a lot of strategic innovations into the administration of the institution and as he bow out as the Chief Executive of the institution on the 9th July 2019 after eight years of meritorious service to the Oyo State Government and the College in particular, he deserves the outpouring encomiums and tributes being paid to him by staff and students as various stakeholders organized send -off programmes in his honour.

It is an undeniable fact that his eight years records of achievements is unprecedented in the annals of the institution.

On assumption of office on the 18th December 2011, as the Acting Provost, he didn’t waste time before he settled down for serious business. What really assisted him was how quickly he set out to unveil and pursue his transformational agenda covering the three institutional core mandate areas of teaching, research and community development services.

Without any doubts, he succeeded in transforming his vision into action and the secret of his success was that he adopted the right strategy, set appropriate timelines, identified the needed manpower for deliverables and deployed the right personnel required towards the realization of his short term, medium term and long term goals.

An assessment of his performance both as the Acting Provost, substantive Provost and as Rector speaks volumes of his personality and skills with which God Almighty has endowed him. Throughout his tenure, he was never derailed from pursuing the college vision, mission,  strategic objectives,  his administration’s action plan and he remained focused in his efforts toward the realization of the goals and demands of the institution’s Academic Brief in both letter and spirit.

Within his first two years in office, he changed the College narratives. An institution founded and hitherto running just five National Diploma Programmes, increased the number to about twenty two through his pragmatic approach to academic programs. He was always meticulous when it comes to planning towards successful conduct of resource inspection, accreditation visitation exercise and sought increase in carrying capacity of some of the existing programmes through the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), the accrediting agency.

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For his visionary leadership skills and due to his high problem solving capacity, after serving as the Acting Provost of the College for three years, the visitor to the institution gave him substantive appointment as the Provost of the institution with effect from 10th July 2014, the tenure which is to end this week. It was during his tenure as the Acting Provost that the College was rated by NBTE as 3rd best in the country.

As he bows out this week as the Rector, he has made indelible marks and recorded landmark achievements. Through the efforts of Prof. Adewale, the College migrated from Monotechnic to Polytechnic with over thirty National Diploma and Higher National Diploma Programmes comparing to the situation when he was appointed that the College ran only five ND Programmes.

With the recent change in the institution’s nomenclature and with its new status as full pledged polytechnic, the College through his efforts has been enlisted by TETfund as one of the beneficiary institutions. In his own words, the credit for the success made so far should be attributed to  God Almighty rather than any man. Truly, luck is on his side having served as Provost and later as Rector in the same institution.

Another giant stride of his administration was that the College enjoyed collaboration with over fifteen organizations within and outside the shores of the country apart from buildings donated by two fellows of the institution during his tenure.

Indeed, the departing Rector also made another history being the first Chief Executive of the College to have organized convocation for (2008-2015) graduating sets and 10th Foundation Day Ceremony on the same day. Also, he will forever be remembered for increasing the staff strength, encouraging staff training and development and ensuring necessary improvement on staff and students welfare. Apart from his efforts toward maintaining a kind of balance in student-staff ratio,he also encouraged research and development initiatives.

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While putting in place control measures towards effective utilization of the available financial resources of the institution, he was unequivocal in his commitment towards boosting the internally generated revenue accrue able to the institution with the establishment of the OYSCATECH Global Consult and OYSCATECH Ventures respectfully.

It was with great enthusiasm and ingenuity that the outgoing Rector through value re-orientation, policy directives and good implementation strategies made every staff to share his vision and imbibe what I refer to as ideal organizational culture. He has also enthroned an enduring culture of quality assurance and best practices using committee system, through the operation of faculty system and with the enactment of relevant legal instruments such as Conditions of Service for Senior and Junior Staff, Criteria for Promotion, Staff Training and Development Policy as parts of legacies of his administration. With these policy documents, the staff are better guided on teaching, research,curriculum and staff welfare and development matters toward enhancing the College operational performance after his exit.

As we all aware that it is not possible for any Chief Executive or Head of institution not to experience conflict or witness crisis throughout its tenure; in my own view, Prof. Adewale being a good crisis manager did well in managing students’ crises and staff unions’ palavas whenever there were contentious issues for resolution in the course of his administration.

With my personal assessment of his leadership style and crisis management technique, the harmonious relationship between him and the labour unions in the College was made possible by his deep knowledge and thorough mastery of acts of diplomacy, effective use of bargaining power, tactical negotiation skills and soundness of his social relations.

Three months to the expiration of his tenure as the College Rector and coincidentally on the occasion of his 57th birthday, the renown scholar delivered the 28th inaugural lecture as a Professor of Rural Sociology at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso. Listening to his inaugural lecture on the topic -“Agricultural Development Programmes in Nigeria; Problems, Feasible Impacts and Opportunities. A Rural Sociological Perspective”- I can see a connection between his research work of over two decades and his international exposure as consultant and external examiner to several institutions within and outside the country.

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Given the way he has effectively delivered his inaugural lecture, he has not only proved his mettle as a scholar, he has also expanded the frontier of knowledge. For some of us who have at one time or the other benefitted immensely from his repository of knowledge ,wealth of administrative experience and acumen, he deserves something greater than the eulogies.

Again, I feel probably because he is an extension expert, he ensured mutually beneficial, effective and well coordinated town-gown relationship with the College host communities of Ibarapaland throughout his entire eight years tenure.

Truly, members of the College, public will miss this philosopher king as his tenure gloriously ends with narratives dotted by innovations, achievements, commendations and eulogies.

As Prof. Adewale will be returning to classroom at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, after the expiration of his tenure this week as the College Rector, I wish him success in all his future endeavours.

 

 

By Rahaman Onike
Admissions Officer,Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora.

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Plates of rice | By Tunde Busari

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Without being prematurely critical, I can only fold my arms and sit to see results which the Southwest Security Network (Amotekun) would bring to the geopolitical zone after yesterday’s passing out of 1500 personnel in Oyo town.

Oyo State Governor Engineer Seyi Makinde has incontrovertibly blazed the trail since all the Southwest governors loudly spoke in unanimity in 2019 to confront headlong the threatening insecurity in the region. So help them, God.

However, I maintain my reservation on the implementation of the security agenda given what looks like hurried pace with which the Oyo State Amotekun was trained and presented to Governor Makinde yesterday. I’m still not convinced that three weeks training can be adequate to face the monstrous problem at hand.

Yes, reports have it that within the three weeks, members demonstrated full grasp of march past. But march past is ceremonial than operational required now. How many weeks do it take secondary school pupils to learn the art to put up flawless displays at annual inter-house sports fiesta?

Anyway, without being critical, I want to believe that Colonel Olayinka Olayanju, the commandant, has, in the past three weeks, subjected the recruits to appropriate reorientation to meet the public expectations in curtailing crimes. I want to believe intelligence gathering skill was intensively taught and exhaustively explored because, in my view, that’s what should be the strong point of the Amotekun in all the states.

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Let us see the police, civil defence and army in their uniforms. We are used to seeing them. We are familiar with them. Let us, conversely, not see Amotekun. Let Amotekun work like undercover. Let them be anonymous. Let them be faceless. Let them work like ghost. Let them walk like Elemosho in Baba Lere Paimo film.

Should Amotekun members also parade themselves on the streets in their flashy maroon uniform, there is tendency that they will abuse their oath and also end in the convoy of politicians at social gatherings. Later, they would also be struggling and fighting themselves over plates of rice and amala. They would be disgracefully giving compliment to every Dick and Harry, including criminal elements assumed to have some Naira notes to throw at them.

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Six Consequences Of Being Stingy

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According to the dictionary, ‘Stingy’ simply means unwilling to share, give, or spend possessions or money. Interestingly, many people are yet to discover that selfishness is one of the reasons they remain the way they are.

This is because there is a step on the ladder of greatness that a selfish person may not go beyond. They could live comfortably but they can never be a world changer.

A good way is to critically look at the consequences of being stingy, which is the opposite of being generous and they are as follows:

Inability to take risks

Since the stingy person does not want to lose anything at all and as a result of that , they might find it difficult to take risk in investment. Businesses is all about risk and the higher the risk, the higher the returns and vice versa. Similarly, religion is all about faith, so people take the risk in faith and that’s why they consult God before investing in any business. The stingy does not have faith because they believe their money will be lost if they take a giant step to move further.

Erode people’s blessings

There is blessing in giving. Therefore, failure to give is failure to get blessing. If the Bible which other religions also shared same sentiment with says, “give and it shall be given unto you”, meaning that if you don’t give , nothing shall be given in returns; because if you do not let go the seed, you cannot reap the fruits.

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Deters business expansion

Selfish people lack human relationship because selfishness send people away from you and no matter how talented you are, if you cannot work with people, you may not go far in business world. Most of the times, when you give , the blessing that would come will come through your business or your job but if you are selfish , the blessing that is supposed to come through the business will be denied and thereby deter the expansion of the business.
Selfish people even finds it difficult to pay salaries of their workers and when the workers are not happy, how can the business expand ?

Loneliness

Being stingy discourages friendships and relationships, thus people would prefer not to associate with such individual. Giving attracts people and where the spirit of giving is lacking, people will not like that person and this may cause loneliness to the fellow

Negative confession

“I do not have” statement have ruined many and they didn’t know. Stingy people always saying negative confession, even when they have more than enough they would still not fall short of this negative confession, “I don’t have ” which is a negative prophecy.

Greed

Investigations revealed that the selfish people are much greedier. They always want to get everything to themselves. They are full of ‘I before others’ attitude. Unfortunately, greediness prevents people from the way to greatness.

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#EndSARS: The Melancholic Beats Of A Two-Faced Drum | By Wole Adejumo

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I entered Akinola Maja Street, Jericho, Ibadan and approached the Superintendent of Police who was the most senior officer on the scene and after checking his name tag, I greeted him and identified myself, in my characteristic manner; “my name is Wole Adejumo, I work with The Street Journal”. I told him I noticed unusual movements and I came to check what was going on. “It is nothing serious, just a routine exercise”, he replied. So I stood by, blended with the already gathering crowd and looked on.

As the officers marched the suspects out of the premises of a petroleum haulage outfit, I brought out my camera and clicked away. I had barely taken the second picture when a hand tried to snatch the camera from behind me. I turned round to face the person and ensure that I didn’t lose the camera. Behold, it was a police sergeant and within a minute, another policeman had joined him.

I kept struggling until it crossed my mind that struggling for a camera with two men carrying Kalashnikov rifles might not be a very sensible thing to do, especially with the many cases of ‘accidental discharge’ that I had heard of. Help was not coming from any of the bystanders. I left the camera and almost immediately, the Sergeant bellowed at me, “sit down there”.  Of course seeing that the rifles were no longer on their shoulders but in their hands, my compliance was not delayed.

Right there, I was dispossessed of my phones and voice recorder. Minutes seemed like hours and the two policemen were already accusing me of being a “spy”. They put a call through to their superior officer while I sat there on the asphalt. Fortunately, the phone was on speaker, so I heard the conversation audibly. When the Sergeant reported that they had caught me, the response from the other end was “is it the guy wearing a green shirt and blue trousers? Leave him, he is a journalist”. That was how I got to know that it was the Superintendent at the other end. The Sergeant however gave reasons for which they should hold me. “He is a spy, we caught him taking pictures, sir”, he said. This time, the Superintendent said “don’t mind him, he is a foolish man. Wait for me”.

On his arrival, I was ordered to stand up and move towards the patrol van he rode in. He asked what they took from me. When I told him the items, he looked at the Sergeant and said “return his phones”.

By the time I retrieved the camera from the office of the Police Public Relations Officer later, the pictures had been wiped. My voice recorder was never found! Of course, being an expert in damage control, the PPRO apologized and said they were doing their job just as I was doing mine. He gave reasons we should be friends, especially since we had the same godfather. That was around June, 2010.

It didn’t come as a surprise that the then Superintendent’s name appeared conspicuously on the list of officers rumoured to have been penciled down for reprimand by the Force as a fallout of the Anti-SARS protests. Though the Force debunked the list, it might be an indication that the senior officer in question has always had potentials for controversy.

While I cannot claim to have had an encounter with the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), I have friends who cannot say the same.

Way back in 2003, Tunde Aluko was caught in their web twice. The first was when policemen came and claimed that he and two other neighbours were apprehended at the scene of a robbery and they were in SARS custody. The second was when he stopped by at one of the ‘joints’ on Ring Road to buy cigarettes. Gun wielding policemen came and arrested him.

My friend left Nigeria some months after. Why? One of the SARS officers issued him what seemed like a personal threat. “You know this is the second time they would bring you here. You wear designer clothes, expensive watches and jewelries, yet you claim to be a student. If you are brought here a third time, I will shoot you”, the officer told him. Since his mum, who was the source of the designer clothes and watches was not ready to lose him to an embittered policeman’s bullet; she took the all-important steps of taking him out of the country.   

As we already know, SARS is not self-existent; it is a unit in the Police Force. As such, officers in the disbanded unit will be transferred to other units, thus retaining them as members of the Force. They will undoubtedly operate with the same character.

The truth is that the whole Police Force needs to be overhauled. For instance, the officer that shot and killed Jimoh Isiaka during the #EndSARS Protest in Ogbomoso was not from SARS.  Gone are the days when the Force enlisted passionate young people. Not a few of the present crop of policemen are doing the job for want of a better choice. That explains why many officers are unhappy when they see someone that appears to be doing well.

The squalor in the Police College has become an open secret and one wonders how officers trained under such squalid conditions are expected to be happy to secure other citizens.

Quite unfortunately, it is not just a police problem. Earlier in the week, a truck parked on what was supposed to be the fast lane at the popular Mobil Junction leading to Oluyole Estate. Not only did the truck obstinately obstruct traffic, some youths were beside it dancing right there on the road. It was just around 6:50 when people were returning from work. They were marketing a certain “bitters” which was relatively new in the market. They rebuffed my efforts to make them realize that they were wrong to have blocked the road. “Motor wey big pass your own don pass here, oga dey go”, some of them told me as they started banging on my car.

It may not be wrong to infer that from politicians to policemen, community and religious leaders; it is with relentless vigour that people use their positions as tools of oppression and enrichment.

That explains why internet fraudsters suddenly became the prime target of SARS officers. Policemen want money and since Yahoo Boys are cashing out illegitimately, police officers have taken it upon themselves to get a piece of the cake.

Who would blame the policemen? The dilapidation in the average police barrack is more than enough to becloud the vision and competence of even the most upright man in the force. Hardly can any officer living in such an environment give peak performance at work. And sadly, years ago, the Police, SARS inclusive became a tool often deployed by big men to harass people and settle scores.

So when SARS started arresting fraudsters, no one bothered to ask whether powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were being usurped or whether the Police Anti-Fraud Unit had become extraordinarily useless to the point of not being able to handle internet fraud.

Given the same opportunity under the same conditions, many of the #EndSARS protesters and by extension, average Nigerians would fare worse than the people they are protesting against. So, it is not just the Police Force that needs reforms, the government of Nigeria at all levels, and every Nigerian needs to be reformed and re-orientated in one way or the other.

While we look towards ending police brutality once and for all, we also need to look into other forms of abuse that have impeded Nigeria’s progress thus far. For instance, the Manager who will not employ a female applicant unless she warms his bed, the female student who is willing to give sex in exchange for good grades, the lecturer who is willing to aid such student, the civil servant who will not move a file unless he gets a tip and the electorate who sell their votes to the highest bidder are all as bad as the police officers we are all criticizing.

Sir Winston Churchill once said “if you are going through hell, keep going”. The youth have channeled a course and with the assurance that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, the journey into a better Nigeria seems to have only just begun.

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