By Lola Omowaye
The upgrading of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, to a University of Education status is now 90 percent complete as the enabling law for that purpose passed by the Senate is would soon be concurred by the House of Representatives.
The outgoing Provost of the College, Professor Olukoya Ogen, announced this during a press conference at the campus to roll-out activities for the institution’s 34th convocation ceremony.
Professor Ogen appealed to the House of Representatives to fast track the endorsement of the bill for the upgrading of the college to a university to enable President Muhammadu Buhari assent to the enabling act.
The Provost disclosed that twelve thousand, six hundred and twenty-eight graduates of the institution would bag Bsc, NCE and Diploma certificates during the convocation that covers five years from 2012 to 2017.
Ogen expressed delight that Adeyemi College of Education emerged best College of Education in Nigeria in 2016 and currently the best in West Africa, noting that uninterrupted academic programmes of the institution made it the best.
Some distinguished Nigerians including a Professor of ICT, Victor Mbarika, the Ondo state governor’s wife, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, Professor Toyin Falola and the TETFUND Executive Secretary, Dr A.B. Baffa, the Odunwo of Ondo High Chief Olabanji Akingbule, the Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Frederick Obateru Akinruntan, Professor Babatunde Babawale and Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa among others will be honoured with awards of lifetime achievements and fellowship awards.
Some of the programmes lined up for the Convocation are: Novelty football match and Music Concert on Monday 8th October, Convocation Lecture titled “Educational Wealth” by Professor Toyin Falola of the University of Texas at Houson, holds on Tuesday, 9th October while inauguration of capital projects and conferment of Degrees, Fellowships and Award of Certificate and Prizes will take place on Wednesday and on Thursday 11th October, the college will celebrate Teachers’ Day and Gala Night.