Provost tasks student union executives on good representation
The Provost, Adeyemi College of Education ( ACE) Ondo, Dr. Samuel Akintunde has stressed the need for newly elected members of the Student Union to live above board in the discharge of their duties, and be good representatives of those who elected them.
Dr. Akintunde gave the advice in an address delivered at the inauguration ceremony organised for members of the 2018/ 2019 Student Union Executive and Members of the Central Executive Council of the body on Monday February 11, 2019 in the College.
Describing the ceremony as unique and historical, the College helmsman admonished the student representatives and members of the legislative and judicial arms of the Student Union Government (SUG) to work together in harmony and refrain from acts that could bring bickering amongst them.
He said: "Let me first and foremost congratulate those of you that were elected into this 2018/ 2019 Student Union Government in the college. We have three levels of Government, the Executive Council, Legislative Council and the judiciary. It is hope that you are going to work in harmony. We don't want to hear bickering amongst you because you should know the differences in your roles and functions.
"You should realize that you don't have the same functions or perform the roles that do not belong to you" he remarked.
While lauding efforts of some past leaders of the SUG Executive especially those who held sway in the last three or four years in the College, the Provost charged the incoming administration to emulate their predecessors by regarding their election as selfless and a call to service.
His words: " I want you to borrow a leaf from former Student Union Presidents. These gentlemen came and did their best. In their own time, they managed the College carefully and did very well, that is why each time we are having this kind of inauguration, we still call on them so that you can see and learn one thing or another from them.”
The Provost emphasised the need for effective partnership between College Management and the Student representatives in the fight against cultism, rape and other social vices and reiterated the determination of his administration to do everything possible to curb them.
Similarly, he sought the cooperation of the new SUG with College Management and relevant security organisations in checkmating activities of rapists and other criminals who may want to harass or molest female students in the institution saying, "I want you to take a cue from your predecessors. Do not allow other students that feel that they are big amongst you to molest your fellow students and don't hide or provide hiding places for them".
Dr. Akintunde expressed satisfaction with the level of peace being enjoyed in the College and lauded members of the SUG for partnering with the Management in achieving it.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Dean, Division of Student Affairs in the College, Mr. Olaniyi Olaluwoye expressed happiness over the gathering and congratulated all the newly elected members of the 2018 /2019 SUG executive who he said, "would be at the helm of affairs of over 15,000 Nigerian students in the next one year".
The DSA described the election that produced the new student representatives as novel saying the use of the electronic voting (e-voting) for its conduct since year 2015 /2016 academic session, has produced good result as the method has been used in the conduct of the elections which were held during 2016 / 2017, 2017 /2018 and 2018 / 2019 academic sessions.
He thanked chairman of the Student Electoral Commission, Comrade Olatunji Raphael, Chief Executive Officer Staunton and Lycett Nigeria Limited, Engineer Olatunde Ojajuni, Acting Director, College Management Information System, Dr. Kehinde Adenegan as well as the Head, Adeyemi College Television ( ACE TV), Engineer David Olaoye and members of Arbico F.M Radio
The highlight of the event which held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium was the admission of oath of Office on the Chief Justice of the Judicial Arm of the SUG, Afolabi Nurudeen by the Registrar of the college, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede.
The brief ceremony was followed with the admission of oath on the Speaker, Members of the Central Executive council and the new President of the Student Union, Adebusoye Oluwatobi by the Chief Justice, Afolabi Nurudeen.
In his speech after the inauguration, the newly elected President of the Student Union, Adebusoye Oluwatobi thanked his colleagues for electing him and promised not to disappoint them. He equally assured College Management of his resolve to support and cooperate with them in the task of moving the institution forward.
The inauguration ceremony also featured delivery of goodwill messages by Chairmen of workers unions in the College which include Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Non-Academic Staff Union ( NASU) and National Association of Colleges of Education Technologists of Nigeria ( NACEATON).
The newly elected SUG Executive were, Adebusoye Oluwatobi, President; Akindejoye Janet, Vice- President; Ogundeji Solomon, General Secretary; Alimi Azeez, Assistant General Secretary and Adeyemo Adetayo, Director of Finance.
Others include Abiola Jelili, Director of Welfare; Salahu Abiola, Treasurer; Ayoola Olamilekan, Public Relations Officer; Oyeleye Abdullahi, Director of Sport as well as Omolayo Paul and Akabi Victor, Director of Social and Deputy Welfarer respectively.
Also sworn in was the Chief Justice of the SUG, Afolabi Nurudeen and Adeoye Adekunle, Speaker of the Student Union Parliament
Similarly, the ceremony also witnessed presentations of certificates to members of the SUG Executive who served during 2016 / 2017 and their counterpart from 2017/ 2018 academic session as well as conferment of award of Excellence Leadership and presentation of plaque to the immediate past President of the Student Union, Zubair Taofeek Abidemi by Dr. Adegboyega Ajayi.
The event climaxed with presentation of the student Union bus key parked outside the venue of the event to the new SUG President, Adebusoye Oluwatobi by the Provost of the College, Dr. Samuel Akintunde.
Eminent personalities who graced the occasion include the Registrar of the College, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul and Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.
Also present were Deans and Directors; Heads of Departments and Units, staff and students of the College among others.