Provost of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Ondo State, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, on Wednesday in Akure said that the college would soon be converted to a university.
Ogen made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State chapter, Mr Ojo Oyewamide
Represented by the Head of Media of the college, Mrs Oluseto Olatuyi, he noted that the converting process of the college was at the last stage at the Senate.
“The bill is at the last stage at the Senate and we pray that it will have President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent when finally passed.
“Though if we attain that level, our responsibilities will be increased but we are up to the task,’’ he said.
Ogen, who was represented by Mrs Oluseto Olatuyi, the Head of Media of the college, noted that the public hearing had been held where the institution defended the need for the college to be converted to a university.
According to him, the college has since been operating as a university in terms of learning modules and research, thereby competing with other universities’ programmes.
Ogen urged the chapel to collaborate with the institution in the area of information dissemination.
The provost, who stressed the need for better and improved relationship between the college and the Chapel, described it as a major stakeholder in information management.
“We are primarily here to seek your support and improve relationship in any area that you can be of help to our college as it relates to information dissemination and development of the school.’’
On the issue of security on the campus, Ogen said that the school had taken preventive measures to forestall breach of security in and around the campus.
He disclosed that the college had installed Close Circuit Television (CCTV) in strategic locations on the campus as part of efforts to ensure security.
The provost also maintained that all students had been issued mandatory identity cards to students of the institution.
Responding, Chapel chairman, Oyewamide commended the provost for his visit and for appointing an expert to manage its Public Relations Unit.
He said that the chapel would continue to collaborate with the college by propagating its activities with a view to boosting its image and for mutual benefits.