ACE Provost Bags Red Cross Society Award

The Provost, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, has bagged an award as Grand Patron of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS).

The award, which was conferred on him by the College Detachment of the NRCS, took place on Wednesday, 8th May, 2019 at the institution's Council Chamber.

Speaking at the occasion, the Dean of Student Affairs in the College, Mr. Olaniyi Olaluwoye, described the NRCS as one of the notable voluntary organizations that has made positive contributions to peace and progress.

Olaluwoye maintained that the society has also been actively involved in the provision of humanitarian services to students within and outside the institution.


He commended members of the voluntary organization for rendering selfless service and exhibition of good conduct, as he promised to continue to identify with the organization in its efforts at achieving its goals and objectives in the College.


The DSA lauded the ACE Red Cross Society for deeming it fit to honour the Provost, saying the move was aimed at showing "respect they have for him as a father, as well as a demonstration of gratitude for all support and encouragement received from the College, since his assumption of duty as head of the institution."


Also in his address, a staff of the College, who is also the Chairman, Ondo West Division of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Mr. Femi Ladenika, expressed appreciation to members of the College Management and the Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde for the support given to the society since he took over the mantle of leadership.


He listed the support to include allocation of office, prompt response to requests, as well as creation of favorable environment that has provided a good opportunity for members of the society to operate effectively on the campus of the institution.


Ladenika highlighted some achievements recorded by the NRCS ACE Detachment as rendering of humanitarian services to the needy within and outside the College, as well as donations of blood to those in need, saying the move had contributed positively in saving lives.


While assuring continued humanitarian services, the Ondo West Division NRSC chair, however, appealed to College Management for financial contribution, through provision of monthly subvention, arguing that the move would enhance the society's operations and aid its delivery of more humanitarian services to members of the College community.


In addition, Ladenika, who is also the Staff Adviser 1 to the NRCS ACE Detachment, requested for the inclusion of the society in the College Sports Committee, saying the step would lessen financial burden during organization of sporting events in the institution.


He commended the Provost for identifying with the society, saying the decision by the association to make him a grand patron was in recognition of his leadership qualities as a good administrator.


He expressed optimism that the conferment of the award would go a long way in cementing a positive relationship between the society and the College.


Responding, the College Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde lauded the leadership and membership of the ACE Detachment of the NRSC for their contributions to the growth and advancement of the institution.


He described the association as one of the most responsible, responsive, level-headed societies and ambassadors of peace in the College.


His words: "Let me start by acknowledging the fact that the Red Cross in Adeyemi College of Education, has been one of the most responsible and responsive to duties and has justified official reasons for its establishment."


"We can say very well that the Red Cross Society in the College has been very helpful. This is a pointer from where we never had problems, particularly when we talk of paramilitary set up in the College."


"So, I want to thank you for being level-headed and being part of the peace we experience in the College now," he remarked.


On the requests made by Mr Ladenika to the College regarding provision of monthly subvention to the society, the Provost promised to place it before Management for consideration.  As regards the inclusion of the ACE Red Cross society on the College Sports Committee, the College Administrator said the decision would be viewed in line with statutory provision as "the Sports Committee is a statutory body in the College."


He assured of the readiness of his administration to continue to partner with the NRSC in the discharge of its humanitarian services, as he pleaded for greater support, saying as a College, "We would always need the Red Cross during our sporting events. 


"We would always call on the organization and need support of its members. Henceforth, when we call on you, we will also support you for any cause we are calling you to take up with us."


The event which also featured delivery of address by First-Aider, Falebita Gbemileke Emmanuel, Commandant Nigerian Red Cross Society, ACE Detachment, Ondo climaxed with the decoration of the Provost with the Grand Patron regalia  by Mr Femi Ladenika.


The brief ceremony which was attended by all officers of the society in the College as well as Mrs. Adegoke Abiola, Coordinator of the NRSC, St. Monica's Girls Grammar  School, Ondo and some students from Ondo Boys' High School  and staff of the College from the Provost's Office, followed by  the inspection of Guard of Honour mounted by the ACE Detachment of Nigerian Red Cross society by the Provost.