ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF TAI SOLARIN COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TASCE), OMU-IJEBU,
ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE GOVERNOR OF OGUN STATE,
HIS EXCELLENCY, PRINCE DAPO ABIODUN MFR,
AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF
TAI SOLARIN COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TASCE), OMU-IJEBU,
HELD ON WEDNESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER, 2019
Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu, but formerly known as Ogun State College of Education (OSCE), Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, since its establishment in 1978 as the first State-owned tertiary institution in Ogun State has, since that time, been the pride of the people of Ogun State, in and outside the State. It has for many years turned out graduates with impeccable academic training and ethical standards and has continued to cater for the educational advancement of the teeming youths of Ogun State, in particular. The institution has also continued to fulfil its mandate of providing the needed manpower for the continued development of the teaching-learning subsector of the Education Industry in Ogun State. And, we are all proud that graduates of the institution are able to hold their own amongst their contemporaries, which has made the name of the institution to become a household name, not only within Ogun State but beyond the boundaries of our dear State.
2. On one hand, the change in nomenclature of the institution from Ogun State College of Education to Tai Solarin College of Education in 1994 to honour late Dr. Tai Solarin, a prominent son of the soil and a foremost educationist, is generally accepted as an apt marriage of person and institution. It is also not surprising that TASCE remains one of the first Colleges of Education that was granted affiliation to offer degree courses in Education. And, it is from the same affiliation that an autonomous University, the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), was birthed in 2005. However, an institution that has been the envy of contemporary sister institutions began to experience dwindling fortunes. There were even reports that TASCE was grappling with having an appreciable number of matriculating students. No doubt, this could not have been without internal and external crises jeopardizing the continued development of the institution.
3. As an Administration, we cannot fold our arms and watch the institution continue to degenerate. On the one hand, our Administration places education as a major pillar on which stands our “Building our Future Together” Agenda. That is why we declared a state of emergency on education immediately at the inception of our Administration. And, if we will have to demonstrate our sincerity of purpose, Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu, deserves serious attention. That institution is the flagship of State-owned tertiary institutions in Ogun State as the first ever Ogun State-owned tertiary institution of learning. And, very importantly, it is an institution that produces teachers who will in turn go back to ensure effective and efficient teaching-learning process in our schools. As they say, no society can develop beyond the capacities of its teachers.
4. With this at the back of our minds, we set up a Visitation Panel headed by an erudite scholar, Professor Kamal Balogun. I am particularly delighted by the brilliant job done by the Visitation Panel. They have indeed met up with the onerous task, and I commend greatly the zeal, passion and commitment with which they have carried out the assignment. The Visitation Panel had since submitted its report. Let me use this opportunity to once again appreciate the Professor Kamal Balogun-led Visitation Panel for a good job done. Let me also appreciate all stakeholders – academic and non-academic members of staff of the College; parents; students; host community; Royal Fathers; religious institutions; Civil Society Organizations (CSOs); and all others, – who have contributed to the successful recommencement of academic activities in the College which culminated in the College holding a matriculation ceremony for the new set of students for the 2019/2020 academic session.
5. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, today’s inauguration of the Governing Council of Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu, is yet another demonstration of the determination of our Administration to restore the glory of this great citadel of learning. This is to ensure that the institution continues to operate in line with the dreams and aspirations of its founding fathers.
6. No doubt, education has always been held very dearly by the people of Ogun State. And, today we pride ourselves as the education capital of Nigeria. But, the fact also is that we cannot sit and continue to boast of our large number of institutions of learning without ensuring that we bench-mark our institutions of learning with the international best practices. Our tertiary institutions, in particular, must be able to produce competent human resources that will meet contemporary challenges and provide the right skills that we urgently require to move our State to greater heights and ensure the successful implementation of our “Building our Future Together” Agenda.
7. As I congratulate the new Governing Council members, it is important to remind you that you are coming in at a crucial time in the life of this institution. We cannot deceive ourselves not to realise that the institution has just come out of a turbulent storm. You are to provide a stable sail for this ship. Therefore, I charge you to appreciate the enormity of this assignment. Now, you are expected to bring to the fore, more than before, your innovative and adaptive capabilities. In fact, we expect you to make strong bricks without straw. Therefore, there is need to be more focussed.
8. I am convinced that you are all equal to the task. You have all been chosen, largely on your towering credentials and individual merits. But it is also important that we remind ourselves that you have been selected from among a wide pool of equally qualified and competent people of which Ogun State is abundantly blessed. You must, therefore, abide to the oath of office and justify the confidence reposed in you by the State Government and the good people of our dear State.
9. The new Governing Council comprises:
i. Chief Yemi Adefulu – Chairman
ii. Dr. Lukmon A. Kadese – Member (Provost)
iii. Mrs. Amope Ajibola Chokor – Member
iv. Mr. Olakunle Olubola Aikulola – Member
v. Dr. (Mrs.) Adejoke Sein – Member
vi. Dr. Olayinka Oduwole – Member
vii. Mr. Akinola Rafiu Abidemi – Member
viii. Mr. Oladeji Oluwadiya – Member
ix. Mr. Kazeem Adesina – Member
x. Mr. Julius Adeyemi – Member
xi. Mr. Gbenga Oduselu – Member
xii. Dr. Adeleke Adeboyejo – Registrar/Secretary to
10. I expect you as members of the Governing Council of this great institution to offer quality advice and contribute positively to the development of the College. You must leave a sustainable legacy of efficiency as the College should continue to sustain its lead in the scheme of things especially in the Education Industry.
11. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me reassure all the good people of Ogun State that our Administration is irrevocably committed to making life more abundant for all our people. But in doing this, we solicit the cooperation and support of all our people. The inauguration of this Governing Council is another symbolic demonstration of our Administration’s commitment to the principle of inclusiveness in governance which gives more of our people the opportunity to contribute to the process of governance and give them a voice in matters that concerns them, especially as governance is all about the people. Together we will walk path and take our dear State to the position of our collective dream.
12. On this note, I hereby inaugurate the Governing Council of Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu, to the continued glory of Ogun State as the education capital of our dear country, and, the Glory of God.
13. I thank you all for listening and God bless.
Igbega ipinle Ogun, ajose gbogbo wa ni o!
Prince Dapo Abiodun
Governor of Ogun State
Wednesday, 27th November, 2019