ACE Council Chair Task Workers on Peace

The Chairman Governing Council, Adeyemi College of Education Ondo, Prof. Nathaniel Ohazurike, has urged staff of the College, to continue to partner with the institution's Management,  in the task of promoting peace in the institution.

Prof. Ohazurike gave the advice at a meeting held with staff  by members of the institution's Governing Council on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 in the College.

Underscoring the importance of peace in any organisation, the Governing Council chair stated that for meaningful development to take place in the institution, there was need for peace to exist.

He  stated that the resolve by members of the Governing Council to meet with all staff of the College was aimed at demonstrating the concern they have for their welfare.

The university professor described Adeyemi College of Education as a notable citadel of learning and a forefront in Teacher Education in Nigeria.

While charging staff of the institution to continue to do their best, the Governing Council chair further urged them to sustain the legacy of academic excellence, through which the institution has become not only one of the best in Nigeria but a global brand, by continually identifying with its growth and development.

Speaking further on the rationale behind the meeting with the workers, Prof. Ohazurike stated that it was organised for the purpose of interacting and intimating them with outcome of meetings  held with their leaders on issues affecting their welfare.

He mentioned some of the issues treated to include demands for payment of productivity and peculiar allowances as well as the one concerning request for payment of 2016 staff promotion arrears.

While reiterating commitment of the Council to their welfare, Prof. Ohazurike stated that all the three issues stated above and several others presented by leaders of workers unions in the College have been delibrated upon and solutions being proferred, adding that staff of the College would have cause to smile in no distance time, as necessary steps have been  taken to address them.

He commended the leadership of all the workers unions  for exhibiting maturity in their dealings with constituted authority on labour issues in the College.

In addition, he also lauded staff of the institution for their contributions towards the advancement of the institution and urged them not to relent in giving more support to Management of the College in their efforts at taking it to higher level.

Also speaking, a member of the Governing Council, Mr. Lawrence Aremu, commended leadership of all labour unions for using dialogue rather than confrontation while presenting their demands to the body.

Aremu, who is the representative of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) in the Council, assured workers of the commitment of the body to their welfare, efficiency and career advancement.

He dropped hint of efforts being made at advancing their growth and advancement  through capacity development, adding that the programme, which falls in line with Federal Government's effort aimed at repositioning the education sector, would boost the workers' efficiency in the institution.

He spoke briefly on issues concerning productivity and peculiar allowances saying, "At NCCE, we are not oblivious that you are having this problem. The Chairman of the Governing Council met the Senate on it and requested  that it should be included in the year 2020 budget."

"The Governing Council is interested in capacity building in the College. This is because  the Federal Government has taken the lead by  building capacity of civil servants in order to make them more productive and efficient."

On the issue concerning Teachers Day in the institution,  the NCCE top official dispel rumour of its cancellation.  He, however, attributed paucity of funds as one of the factors affecting its celebration. He, however, stated the Governing Council and Management of the College hold Teachers in high esteem as they are of firm belief that: "Teachers must be celebrated."

Meanwhile, in their separate responses, the leadership of three out of the four labour unions in the College present at meeting, the Senior Staff Union Colleges of Education of Nigeria (SSUCEON), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), National Association of Colleges of Education Academic Technologists of Nigeria ( NACEATON), expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by the Governing Council to resolve the labour issues in the College.

They, however, appealed to Management to give equal treatment to all the unions on any matter relating to the institution, stating that the step would enhance peace and promote industrial harmony.

The meeting which held at the Prof.Babatunde Ipaye Lecture Theatre was attended by members of the institution's Governing Council including Hon. Abdullahi Muh'd Lamba Yelwa; Alhaji Aminu Bello; representative of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. C.J Ugwuja.

Others were representative of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Mr. Lawrence Aremu; representative of the university of affiliation, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Ademola Adeleke; representative of the Alumni Association, Dr. D.O Ademulegun and two representatives of the College Academic Board, Dr. Folorunso Balogun and Dr. Johnson Ojo.

Also present was the Registrar of the College, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; Deputy Provost, Dr. Gbade Ikuejube; College Librarian, Mr. Azino Akpokurerie and; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul.

The event was also attended by Deans and Directors, Heads of Departments and Units and staff of the institution.