Protect the Integrity of Our Certificate, AAUA VC Tells Affiliated Colleges
The Acting Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, has reiterated the commitment of the University Management to protecting the integrity of academic certificates issued by the Institution, including those of affiliated Colleges and institutions by ensuring that they meet the University’s high standard in infrastructure and pedagogy.
Prof. Ige stated this on Wednesday at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with two Colleges to start running some education courses with effect from this year. The Colleges are Mufutau Lanihun College of Education, Ibadan, Oyo State; and City College of Education, Mararaba, in Nasarawa state.
The agreement would lead to award of Bachelor Degree in Education to students of the affiliated Colleges.
The Vice Chancellor cautioned that Adekunle Ajasin University would not hesitate to revoke the agreement if either of the two Colleges compromised any of the conditions attached to the agreement or were found to fall short of the quality of facilities needed to ensure learning.
He said, “We do not just approve any affiliation; we must be satisfied that such a college seeking affiliation is up to the task in terms of personnel and physical infrastructure. We had sent a team to your campuses to assess if you have what it takes to meet our high standard.
“Several institutions have come forward with this kind of proposal but were rejected because we sent factfinding teams to their campuses and found out that their structures and teaching staff do not meet our high standards. We shall visit your campuses from time to time to verify things and keep you on your toes, and we shall not hesitate to terminate this agreement if you were found to go against our rules or fail to meet our high standard.
“Since your students would carry our certificates, we are therefore interested in how you run your Colleges. We will verify all teaching staff as well as your time-table, examination questions, and will supervise the exams. You must not take any major step without carrying us along. We are determined to protect the integrity of our graduates and only students found to be worthy in character and learning would be issued our certificate.”
Speaking earlier, the Acting Director of the University’s Institute of Education that supervises such affiliation, Dr. Ileoye Aina, had said that the Institute would work hard to ensure strict compliance with the standard of the University.
In their responses, the Acting Provost of Mufutau Lanihun College of Education, Ibadan, Dr. Abiodun Gbolagade, and his counterpart for City College of Education, Mr. Nkereuwem Edet, both promised to sustain the high standard of academic programmes of the University.
They promised to adhere to the terms of the agreement and ensure that their facilities and staff meet the requirements of the University.
TetFund Visits AAUA, Verifies Certificates of Sponsored Staff
The Acting Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, has described the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFund) as a major pillar of support, upholding human and infrastructural development in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
He stated this on Monday (April 19) while welcoming a Monitoring Team from TetFund who came for verification of certificates of academic staff who benefitted from the Fund’s human development grants between 2015 to date.
Prof. Ige said the intervention of TetFund has ensured that lecturers in Nigerian universities are at par with their counterparts globally, and has ensured the relevance of courses on offer in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
Also speaking, the leader of the TetFund team, Engr. Tunde Olakunri, explained that their mission was to ascertain the number of beneficiaries and to verify the certificates issued to Academic Staff (TSAS), cover tuition and upkeep allowance for academic staff undertaking Master or Ph.D programmes either locally or abroad.
He said TetFund has mapped out strategies to discipline those beneficiaries from across the country who absconded during their period of studentship, while adding that the intervention would be sustained. The three-man TetFund team also has Mr. Jubilant Eruogi and Mrs. Florence Fasuyi as members.
Higher Institutions League: Ajasin Varsity Team Charged to be Worthy Ambassadors
The Acting Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, has called on the football team of the University to be worthy and disciplined representatives of the Institution.
Prof. Ige who enjoined the team to do their utmost to come tops at the forthcoming Higher Institutions Football League holding in Benin-City from April 19, 2021, gave the charge on Wednesday (April 14) when the team paid him a courtesy call to thank him for the support and encouragement the team has enjoyed from the University Management.
The Acting Vice Chancellor, said the University Management would continue to support sports development among the students in spite of competing demands for scarce resources. He tasked the team to justify the investment on them by doing the institution proud.
Speaking earlier, leader of the team and the Chief Coach, Lawal Akorede, had informed the Vice Chancellor that the Higher Institutions Football League was set up to produce new generation of football players that could go on to fly Nigeria’s flag at international competitions.
He informed further that Adekunle Ajasin University is in a group that include the host, University of Benin, Niger Delta University, University of Petroleum Resources, and the Federal University, Oye Ekiti.
NUC Accreditation Teams Laud Ajasin Varsity ‘Conducive, Peaceful Campus’
Accreditation Teams from the National Universities Commission (NUC) have commended the peaceful and conducive ambience of the campus setting and atmosphere of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, saying they are perfect for learning, knowledge impartation, and research.
The teams spoke at different fora during the week while giving their exit reports. The accreditation teams were in AAUA for verification of several academic programmes in the Faculty of Education. The programmes included Science Education, Adult Education, Educational Management, NUC Accreditation Teams Laud Ajasin Varsity ‘Conducive, Peaceful Campus’ Guidance and Counselling, Religious Studies Education, Health Education, and Arts Education.
Many of the Team Leaders including, Prof. Junaidu Kuma (Accounting), Prof. R. A. Lawal (Arts Education), Prof. Danladi Musa (Health Education), Prof. K. A. Ofong (Religious Studies Education), and Prof. I. A. Abiona (Adult Education), said they were pleasantly surprised at the orderliness, neatness and general ambience of the campus.
Prof. Kuma said, “Let me congratulate Mr. Vice Chancellor and the founding fathers of this institution for what I have seen here. The campus is well arranged and neat. The green areas are very inviting and the internal road network is one of the best I have seen in many Nigerian universities.
“We have also interacted with quite a number of your students, and I must commend their comportment and how well behaved and knowledgeable they are”.
Another Team Leader, Prof. M. K. Akinsola (Science Education) said the buildings and general aesthetics of the campus wowed his team. He charged the University Management to maintain the structures.
In his response, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olugbenga Ige thanked the teams for their kind words. He said the University Management has mapped out a maintenance plan aimed at preserving the integrity and beauty of the grounds and buildings on the campus.
He promised that all identified grey areas in the exit reports of the teams would be given prompt attention. “Without these periodic reviews by the NUC, it would have been difficult for each university to see where things ought to be improved upon” he said.