The National Association of Colleges of Education Academic Technologists of Nigeria (NACEATON), Adeyemi College of Education Chapter, Ondo has on Tuesday 17th of September 2019 sworn 8 new members of the union in as executive to paddle the canoe of the union for the next four years.

Provost of the College, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, who was represented at the event by his deputy, Dr Gbade Ikuejube, reiterated that the importance of technologists in science education can never be undermined, arguing that the Union of technologists in the College especially should be taken seriously.

He said: “if not for the technologists, the science education products of the College would be half-baked, these technologists should therefore not see themselves as less important.”

Akintunde further stated that with the co-operation of his management and the new executives of NACEATON-ACE, the union would be taken to the “next level.”

Outgoing Chairman of the union, Mr Anifowose Onaolapo, while welcoming all present at the event, gave kudos to the management of the College and sister unions in the College for collaborating with NACEATON-ACE chapter in a bid to make life easier for its members and also help move the College community forward.

Anifowose said, “Worthy of mention here is the fact that today’s event was made possible by the co-operation and complementary efforts not only among members of this union but also between the College management and our union on one part as well as among sister unions on campus on the other hand.”

The National Chairman of NACEATON, Mr Olusegun Agun, who was also present at the event, echoed that many laboratories nationwide are no longer as effective as they used to be before, and this has over the years had negative effects on the graduates that are produced by higher institutions. 

He explained that the “death” of these laboratories can be traced to the unavailability of laboratory technologists to be in charge and tutor students adequately.

Dean,School of Science, Dr. Matthew Ojo, who also spoke at the handing-over ceremony pointed out the importance of technologists in science education as he advised them not to limit themselves in the academia, encouraging them to blow their own trumpets by going for higher degrees in order that their expertise in the sciences can be broadened. 

Later in the acceptance speech of the new executives, the newly elected chairman of the Union, Comrade Felix Akinnate thanked the Union stakeholders, College management, sister unions and all the union members present for attending the event.

He said “Sincerely, I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the College management for the supports and recognition given to this union during the period of her formation. “I also appreciate our sister unions for their hands of fellowship so far, although we can still work together better.”

The Assistant Chief Technologist, on behalf of the other executive accepted the responsibilities that come with their portfolios and promised to carry them out judiciously.

The peak of the event was the distribution of certificates of return to the newly inaugurated executive.

Other dignitaries present at the occasion which held at the Department of Musicic Conference Room were Dean, School of Vocational and Technical Education, Dr. Adewale Ajayi; Dean, School of Science, Dr Matthew Ojo; Head, Department of Music, Dr. E.O Ayeyemi; Assistant General Secretary of NACEATON, Mr Onaolapo Obasanjo.