AOCOED gets full accreditation for all courses from NCCE — Provost
Lagos, March 13, 2019 The Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijinakin, Lagos says all its 31 courses have been fully accreditation during the 2018 exercise by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).
Ladele said that following the feat, the college would be able to further breed critical innovations in its teacher education programmes.
She said such programmes would help to stem the issue of unemployment, half baked graduates, poverty, corruption and other social menace.
“We thank the Lagos State Government for providing the fund for the accreditation and for its support over the years.
“We thank the Chairman and members of the College’s Governing Council, Staff, Students and the entire community for their cooperation and understanding. Together, we shall take AOCOED to the next level,’’ she said.
Ladele reiterated the commitment of the college to quality teacher education, as producing skilled teachers was not only crucial to the country’s economic growth strategy, but determines the country’s capacity to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.
She hailed the role of the college in the development of the current national minimum standard for the pre -NCE curriculum in the country, which remained a feat in the teaching industry.
“AOCOED remained a prominent source of idea generation to other colleges of education in the country not because we take the lead in the process of NCEE curriculum development but because we are active in the process of curriculum implementation,’’ she said.
Ladele, however, congratulated the matriculating students for the privilege to be admitted into the institution and charged them to work hard, pray and behave well, in order to succeed.
“You are indispensable because education unlocks the door to modernisation and it is the teacher who holds the key to do that.
“This is because even with the huge budgetary allocation to the education sector, the best educational planning, policies and designs, the ultimate realisation of any set of aims for education still depends on the teacher,’’ she said.
The Provost also commended the students who were above 18 years of age and endeavoured to register and vote during the just-concluded 2019 general elections.
She said the right to vote was indispensable and the fulcrum upon which democracy rests, as the success of the election had attested to the readiness of Nigerians to grow and protect democracy.
“God will guide those elected into various positions to be responsible and responsive to the needs of the people,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the college matriculated 1, 300 students.
A total of 444 students were admitted into the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) and 83 students into the School of Early Childhood and Primary Education (SECPED).
Some 190 students were admitted to the School of Languages (SLAN), 271 into the School of Sciences (SOS) and 312 into the School of Vocational and Technical Education (SVTE).
Probe AOCOED management, unions urge LASG
Four labour unions at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, have called on Lagos State Government to probe allegations of misappropriation of funds against some principal officers of the institution.
Mr Ige Ajayi, Chairman,
Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), AOCOED Chapter, made the call at a news conference jointly organised by the unions on Tuesday in Lagos.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the four unions are COEASU, NASU,Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education, Nigeria (SSUCOEN) and National Association of Colleges of Education Academic Technologists of Nigeria (NACEATION).
The unions accused the management of misappropriating accrued payments of rentage on communication masts and United Bank of Africa (UBA) cash office.
They also accused some management staff of the college of operating and signing college cheques without the knowledge of the provost.
“Without due course to law and convention, management is fond of invading the college with armed policemen any time there is a dispute.
” The recent one was on March 9 when 15 policemen in two functional police vehicles came to brutalise and physically assault several staff.
“We want the
Special Adviser on Education to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, to investigate the matter,” the unions said.
Reacting to the allegations, Provost of the College,
Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, however, said she was not aware of the unions’ joint news conference.
Lafiaji-Okuneye said that she was the principal signatory to the college account and other management staff were their signatories to the account.
United Bank of Africa (UBA) cash office in the premises, which is currently under lock by the unions, the bank’s regional manager said they have not been paying rent to the college.
“We had to write for a proper memorandum of understanding between the college and the bank so they can start paying their necessary dues but the unions insisted that they must pay their backlogs.
ommunication mast within the college have a paid document.
” When I resumed work Jan. 12, I presented the staff and students’ welfare and issues to state government in order to promote and sustain peace in the college,” the provost said.
She urged the unions to give peace a chance, adding that all their allegations were purely administrative issues.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
AOCOED will continue to produce quality teachers — Provost
Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, Provost, Adeniran Ogumsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Otto-Ijanikin, said that the college would continue to produce quality teachers who would be role models in the state and the nation.
Lafiaji-Okuneye told newsmen on Tuesday in Otto-Ijanikin that the college’s mission was to become a leading teaching education institution in the country that would be recognised globally for academic excellence.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, a Professor of Health Education, was appointed the provost of AOCOED on Jan. 12, 2020.
The new provost said: “We always encourage our students to see teaching as a noble profession and have passion for it.
“AOCOED as a teachers training institute, is a 21st century institution that has met minimum standard in the award of Nigeria Certificate in Education.
“There is room for improvement in the area of infrastructure development and funding of programmes to improve quality of teaching, learning and research,”
She said that management of the college would continue to create an enabling environment for teaching and learning within and outside the college.
e are creating synergy between the unions and the management
by improving on the existing welfare packages for staff and students.
“Our strategy is to solve every issue with the unions without them going on strike or even thinking of such.
“Our students are important to us and we also create a good relationship with our host communities because most of the students stay off campus,” she
Lafiaji-Okuneye said that the health facility of the institution would soon be open to residents of their host communities and consultations would be free while medical test runs at a competitive price.
She added that her administration would be transparent in order to maintain peace in the college.
Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Wale Ojetimi
AOCOED lecturers suspend strike, resume work
19 Striking lecturers at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos, have resumed work following the suspension of the monthlong strike called by Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU).
A correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency , who visited the institution on Friday, reports that the lecturers were back in the classrooms teaching students.
In addition, other workers were also seen in their duty posts, signifying the gradual restoration of business at the institution.
NAN reports that COEASU had on Thursday suspended the industrial action it embarked upon on Dec. 10, 2019 to press home some demands.
The demands of the union include; immediate commencement of payment of 53.3 per cent allowances and arrears; N350 million bailout; stable electricity supply and improved internally generated revenue.
AOCOED COEASU Chairman, Mr Ige Ajayi, told NAN in Lagos that the congress appreciated the concern of the Special Adviser on Education concerning their demands after the emergency congress of the union.
“They have commenced the payment of our transport and hazard arrears, at least they have paid 11 months which the payment started December 2019.
“Management of the institution have also started negotiation with the electricity company in order to get constant electricity supply in all the offices and lecture rooms.
“Constant electricity will make the school environment to be conducive for the students and lecturers, especially during hot weather.
“AOCOED management has arranged a place for the school bookshop but has not taken off and they have also started work on 2019 promotion exercise,” Ajayi said.
The COEASU Chairman, however, said that there was nothing yet in place on improving internally generated revenue.
Miss Temitope Jinadu, a 200 level Cultural and Creative Arts student of AOCOED, said she was happy the strike had been suspended.
Another student, Mr Akintunde Adesola, of Computer Education Department, commended Lagos State Government, AOCOED management and the union for reaching an agreement to suspend the strike.
Edited by: Abiodun Esan/Wale Ojetimi
Strike: Academic activities suspended at AOCOED
Academic activities remained suspended on Wednesday at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos, following a strike by the institution’s chapter of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU).
NAN reports that few students were seen discussing within the college as lecture rooms were empty and only non-academic officers were seen at their duty posts.
Some of the union’s demands include: immediate commencement of payment of 53.3 per cent allowances and arrears; N350 million naira bailout; epileptic distribution of electricity; and Internally Generated Revenue programme.
Others are: payment of all outstanding honoraria; inexplicable promotion criteria; and management’s inability to establish college and school-based bookshop.
In his comment, Mr Ige Ajayi, the Union’s Chairman, told NAN that after their congress meeting, union members directed that the strike should continue until Lagos State Government and the management of the college met their demands.
Ajayi said they would suspend their strike when the state government shows more commitment, saying the transport allowances had not been paid since 2011.
“Since then, we have displayed a high level of uncommon perseverance and tolerance. Government should just do the needful.
“Lecture halls are always dark in the morning and night; and hot in the afternoon. The college management should know that we are all here for the students to learn in a conducive environment,” he said.
Ajayi said that AOCOED was one of the oldest colleges in the state and Nigeria; yet we had no bookshop in the college.
“We told the management to either provide or give us an empty building and see what we will do in 30 working days.
“Internally Generated Revenue programmes have been killed deliberately by the management because they are anticipating to change the college to a university.
“Government has been trying to resolve these issues, especially the ones that concern them,” he said.
Ajayi said that government promised to release N350 million bailout fund but management told us that they would not pay our arrears.
“We keep wondering if management is on the same page with the Lagos State Government.
“There is nothing we executive members of the union can do concerning the strike but we are to follow the congress’ directive,” he said.
Reacting, the College Registrar, Mr Sheu Muhideen, said that the unions could never be pleased because their agitations were always unpredictable.
Muhideen said that recently both the union and the management were with the Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, in order to resolve all the issues.
“We were assured that the governor had approved N350 million bailout and that the college’s subvention has been increased from N200 to N250 million.
“It is unfortunate that during the week, N210 million was sent instead of N250 million naira. There is nothing we can do but go back to the government.
“We have presented the situation to the government. As far as the management is concerned, we have been trying to resolve the situation with our little resources,” he said.
Muhideen said that the management and COEASU would be meeting next week in order to negotiate and move forward.
“Concerning the bookshop, we have put machinery in place and by Jan. 2020, the vendor appointed on Public Private Partnership will commence the running of the bookshop,” he said.
Miss Abisola Ogunsina, a 200 level Business Education student, urged the union to suspend the strike so that all the students could continue with their studies.
Ogunsina appealed to the state government and management of the college to please settle COEASU so that they could focus on teaching the students.
Edited by: Adeleye Ajayi
AOCOED to host maiden early childhood education conference in Nigeria
An educationist, Mrs Elizabeth Aboluwarin, has urged teachers to adopt new skills and strategies on early childhood to improve foundation education in Nigeria.
School of Early Childhood and Primary Education (SECPED) at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin,
made the call during a news conference on Monday in Lagos.
The theme of the conference was: “Exposing The Trends In Early Childhood and Primary Education to the Major Stakeholders n the Educational Sector in Nigeria”.
Aboluwarin urged every early childhood teachers to adopt the use of technology and students-teachers interactive approach in foundation teaching.
“In those days teachers only do the talking without interacting and involving the students fully, especially the early childhood students.
“That method needs to stop because we are in the 21st century which means our pre service teachers in the teacher training institutes and the practising teachers in school system needs to adapt to the new trends.
“It became imperative to practice what we preach, learn and unlearn at every opportunity available for teachers,” she said.
Aboluwarin said that the imperative of these new skills compelled the school to come up with the conference in order to get good foundational pedagogical building for the teachers.
“AOCOED is a unique school because we are the first college to establish School of Early Childhood and Primary Education where we train caregivers and teachers for pre schools and primary schools, respectively,” she said.
Aboluwarin also urged Lagos State Government to build standard early childhood and primary education school in AOCOED.
She said that there was also need for government to keep training and retraining the staff regularly.
Edited & Vetted By: Wale Ojetimi
AOCOED workers stage protest against alleged victimisation of union leaders
The Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education, (SUCCOEN), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) chapter and Nigeria Labour Congress, staged a peaceful protest over alleged victimisation of their union leaders.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the union members were seen at the college campus, singing solidarity songs and moving round the offices to express their grievances.
Mrs Wunmi Ombugadu, Chairman of the college SUCCOEN, was placed on compulsory retirement, while Mr Afis Ogunade, Secretary, and Mr Afolabi Oladipo, Assistant Secretary, were demoted.
Addressing the union members, Mr Danladi Mheselisa, President of SUCCOEN, urged the Lagos State Government to curtail the excesses of the college management for peace to reign.
Mheselisa, represented by his Vice, Mr Nicholas Ogbusuo, said that they were in the college to make peace deal with the management.
“We received a message on Sept. 18 that chairman of the AOCOED branch had been compulsorily retired from the service without committing any offence.
“Management of the college demanded for the minutes of the union congress which is against our law; they can only give the management extract of decision from the congress meeting.
“What type of management do we have in AOCOED? Do they want to dissolve the union so that they can perpetrate their missions?” he asked.
Mheselisa said the union leaders hoped that they could achieve peace, saying they came three weeks ago on the same issue to meet with the management.
“We also held meeting with the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Education and we reached a peace accord at the meeting.
“We thought peace has returned to AOCOED, but you can now see what is going on; the compulsory retirement is the height and it will not stand.
“I appeal to the Chairman of Council of this college, Prof. Tunde Samuel, to allow peace to reign and resolve this matter by recalling the retired chairman.
“We do not want to damage characters, that is why we have come for a peace deal; we are registered union and professional administrator,” he said.
Also, Mrs Funmi Sessi, Chairman, Lagos chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), called on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to order the AOCOED Governing Council to stop victimising the workers.
Sessi said that the governing council needs to stop witch-hunting workers of the college, as the affected union leaders did not commit any offence.
“We were invited to come here because of the issues that have been going on in AOCOED for some months, and we are here with full force.
“There were some little issues, but the governing council escalated it by asking the union leaders to provide minutes of their congress meeting.
“The act of the management is called victimisation by chasing the workers around,” she said.
Sessi also said that recently, the governing council sacked 37 teachers at the international school unjustly, claiming that the college resources had dwindled.
Reacting, the college Registrar, Mr Sheu Muhideen, said that the issue was purely administrative that border on staffs’ behaviour.
Muhideen said that the governing council and the management have no issue with any of the union members.
“They were invited to appear before the disciplinary committee of council; they did not come.
“But, they have the effrontery to stop other staff members from abiding by the directives of the state government,” the registrar said.
Edited by Olagoke Olatoye
AOCOED lecturers begin academic activities, suspend indefinite strike
Academic activities on Friday began at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos, following the suspension of indefinite strike by the college lecturers.
Some of the union’s demands include: immediate commencement of payment of 53.3 per cent allowances and arrears, resuscitation of internally generated revenue programme.
Others are: payment of all outstanding honoraria, promotion criteria, establishment of college and school based bookshop, release of N22.8 million TETFUND money to the beneficiaries.
Commenting, Mr Ige Ajayi, the union Chairman, told NAN that the strike was suspended due to intervention of the state Deputy Governor, Mr Hamzat Obafemi.
“He gave us assurances and commitment that the concern authority will soon respond to our demands.
“We also look at the speed which they responded to our demands.
“The union decided to suspend the strike with the window of a month.
“If they did not resolve the issues within a month, the congress will decide the next step.
“For all our decisions in the union, congress decides, not the executive members,” he said.(NAN)
Edited by Olagoke Olatoye
AOCOED lecturers begin strike on Friday
AOCOED lecturers begin strike on Friday
The Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) Ijanikin Chapter of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) says it will resume its suspended strike, on Friday, Aug. 30.
The notice explained that the decision to embark on the strike, followed a resolution and directive of the union’s congress, held on the Aug. 15.
“It has become obvious that the college management and the governing council, are not genuinely interested in proferring solutions to the demands of our union.
“The union demanded for immediate commencement of payment of 53.3 per cent allowances and arrears, resuscitation of internally generated revenue programme.
“Payment of all outstanding honoraria, promotion criteria, establishment of college and school based bookshop, release of N22.8million TETFUND money to beneficiaries, ” it stated.
“The executive council of the union hereby declares the resumption of the suspended strike of Wednesday, July 10, to take effect from Aug. 30 indefinitely, as directed by the congress of the union.
“By this announcement all academic activities are suspended forthwith, ” it said.
reports that the Non-academic Staff Union of the college under the auspices of Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education of Nigeria (SSUCOEN), had also embarked on indefinite strike to drive home some demands .
Edited by Olabisi Akinbode/Wale Ojetimi
Jakande bags Fellowship award at AOCOED joint convocation
First Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, was on Tuesday conferred with honorary award of coveted fellowship by Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jakande received the fellowship at the Joint Convocation of the institution.
Conferring the award, the Provost of AOCOED, Mrs Aina Ladele, said Jakande was honoured for his contributions to providing quality education for the state and his effort at moving the college to its present location.
She lauded Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for increasing the college’s monthly subvention by 60 per cent since 2016, saying that the increase enabled the institution to pay staff salaries regularly and also cleared accrued pension deductions.
According to her, the college recently got full accreditation of its 31 programmes, trained over 400 staff through Advanced Digits Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institution (ADAPTI) .
“Sixty-two academic staff hold doctorate degrees in different fields currently, the college has been ranked the best college of Education in Nigeria and 55th among 233 tertiary institutions across the Federation.
“The introduction of online payment and registration has reduced financial leakages, a number of TETFUND projects has been completed and now in use while the Department of Chemistry now produces and supplies the toiletries used in the college,” she said.
Ladele, however, urged the state government to assist in tarring the bad roads and open up the inaccessible parts of the college.
She also requested for the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for the land allocated to the college by the government in Oto-Awori since 2009 for accessibility to more land for infrastructural development.
“While we thank you for the approval of the 65 years retirement age for our staff, we seek your kind intervention and appeal for further increase in our subvention in order to pay some accrued staff allowances,” she said.
In his address, Gov. Ambode, represented by Mr Suarau Oluwatoyin, Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, congratulated Jakande and other distinguished personalities who received awards from the college.
“I understand that it is exceptional to be fellowship, diamond or alumni of AOCOED because of the stringent criteria for the selection.
“This undoubtedly speaks volumes about the credentials of the individuals for the honour. They are entering a hall of fame which is accessible to only a few and indeed the best in the society,“ he said.
Ambode also congratulated the graduands for scaling through the hurdles and crucibles of academic records to emerge triumphant and urged them to strive in all circumstances to retain and develop the scholastic attribute planted in them from the college.
He, however, noted that his administration was committed to prompt release of subvention, infrastructure improvement, teacher quality, improvement in quality assessment and other welfare packages for staff, among others.
Mr Tunde Samuel, Chairman, AOCOED Governing Council, said the college was due for upgrade to university status following its growth in terms of more quality students turn out, increased qualified human resources and infrastructural development over the years.
Samuel lauded the governor for his commitment to quality tertiary education services in the state.
“The uniformity in the tenure of the governing council members of all tertiary education institutions in the state is an equitable practice of driving improved institutional performance,” he said.
Receiving the award, Jakande said he was readily available for anyone who needed his services and advice.
He said it was his duty to still render services as an elder statesman and he was willing and pleased to do so.
“I am grateful to the college management for this award and I assure you that I would continue to support the course for quality education.
“I am also readily available for everyone who needs my services for it is my duty to do so, it my pleasure, please come anytime,” he said.
Other award recipients were Sen. Olamilekan Solomon, representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Alhaji Fatai Shokunbi, Chief Executive Officer, Fams Embassy Hotel, Badagry, Mr Olanrewaju Ogunyemi, Chairman, Committee on Education, Lagos State House of Assembly and Prof. Clement Fasan, Lagos State University (LASU).
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- COVID-19: Fidelity Bank donates N10m to Kano govt
- WHO warns of risks of COVID-19 explosion in South Asia’s densely-populated region
- Egypt, IMF reach 5.2-bln-USD credit deal to help Egypt against COVID-19 consequences
- COVID-19: Oyo CAN cautions Christians against flouting govt. directives
- Spotlight: United States jobless rate drops in May as economy reopens, road to recovery likely bumpy
- Head of Al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb killed in Mali by French forces: minister
- World Environment Day: Plateau commissioner decries indiscriminate dumping of waste
- Explosion hits northeastern Syria, killing 2 children
- Feature: Chinese bus company commits to keeping Cuban drivers safe during COVID-19 pandemic
- Abolishing agreements with Israel not to affect ICC’s probe in Palestinian territories: official
- NNPC alerts on fake diesel, urges motorists to avoid use
- UN preparing for gradual reopening of headquarters in New York: spokesman
- Polio eradication expertise backs Africa’s COVID-19 response –WHO
- Cate Blanchett reveals ‘a bit of a chainsaw accident’
- Greek gov’t aims for one in three new vehicles to be electric by 2030
- Lagos govt. charges religious centres on ”No face mask, No entry” guideline
- Whoopi Goldberg teams with Extinction Rebellion for climate change movie
- Gov. Makinde inaugurates Marble Mining Company board
- Churches, mosques remain shut as Ogun govt. studies re-opening guidelines
- German gov’t supports local fleece manufacturer to boost face mask production
- NiDCOM a major economic asset to Nigeria, says House Committee chair
- YSFON appreciates Gov. AbdulRazaq as he marks 365 days in office
- Light-Up Kwara: Company says project 90% completed, no dispute with Kwara Govt
- Buhari, Folarin mourn Oyo politician, Adelere
- Removal of fuel subsidy, price-fixing excites Atiku
- FG to enhance legal framework for Nigeria’s digital identity – Malami
- WHO excites over $8.8bn vaccine donation to GAVI
- PLSG rolls out activities to commemorate Democracy Day
- Finnish researchers depict full gene structure of Nordic reindeer
- Lagos Police arrest man kissing minor in viral video
- Rape: Coalition wants establishment of DNA to enhance investigation
- German police attempt to break up anti-racism rally in Hamburg
- House of Representatives set to investigate privatisation of power sector
- Iraq signs 2-year deal to continue importing electricity from Iran
- Trump directs United States troops reduction in Germany: media
- Control of COVID-19 through waste management, our priority – Gombe commissioner
- Greece officials, shipowners expect closer ties with China
- Lebanese gov’t to inject 400 mln USD to support industry, agriculture
- Oman reports 770 new COVID-19 cases, 15,086 in total
- Buhari approves Danbatta’s reappointment as NCC’s boss, says Minister
- Diri calls for joint action from Niger-Delta governors for cleaner environment
- EU to launch 8 new environmental actions with local groups in Lebanon
- COVID-19: WHO publishes updated guidance on use of masks
- Dortmund’s Sancho, Akanji, fined for getting haircuts without face masks
- COVID-19: Refugee Commission distributes farm inputs to 100 farmers in Kano
- LASWA to improve response time to emergencies — GM
- Urgent: 5.0-magnitude quake hits 514 km WNW of Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen — USGS
- 2030 Agenda: NSE boss urges West Africa to embrace green bond finance
- China, Serbia sign memorandum on space technology
- 20 ships laden with petroleum products, food items awaiting to berth — NPA
- Israel exploits United States partiality, coronavirus to impose annexation plan: Palestinian official
- Man, 27, arraigned over alleged assault
- Remain vigilant on COVID-19, group urges govt, public
- Cairo airport to receive 23 flights carrying Egyptians stranded abroad amid COVID-19 pandemic
- World Environment Day: NNPC expresses commitment to biodiversity
- World Bank to fund Maputo urban transformation project
- World Environment Day: Oyetola warns Osun residents against environmental degradation
- Africa’s COVID-19 cases over 168,000 – WHO
- WHO recommends wider use of face masks to curb COVID-19