… applauds VC for zero tolerance to indiscipline, others
Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Thursday vowed to bring down the full weight of the law on lecturers who take advantage of their students or sexually harassed them.
Prince Abiodun said his administration would not condone any form of sexual immorality or other vices in any of Ogun state owned institutions of higher learning.
The goverrnor who made this known at the 11th convocation ceremony of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, said that the much talked about whistle blower going around the higher institution on sexual harassment was a thing of shame that shouldn’t happen in any tertiary institution where discipline was taken seriously.
Abiodun commended the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof.Abayomi Arigbabu for the sensitization and warning publications embarked upon on the pages of national dallies, saying that the zero tolerance of the institution is a pointer that indiscipline from any staff will not be condoned.
He said our government “notes with pride the sensitization and warning publication by the Vice Chancellor of this great institution, this government will not close its eyes to indiscipline and unwholesome attitude on the part of any staff.”
Abiodun also commended the TASUED for maintaining an uninterrupted academic calendar and for been the most peaceful tertiary institution in the country.
The Governor added that in order for school curriculum to be relevant to the dynamics of the 21st century, the state government has begun to match “the gown with the town” to make both mutually beneficial”.
This marriage between town and gown is being operationalised to provide a platform that creates and strengthens regular interface between the industry and the academia so as to ensure that the curricular equips the products of tertiary institutions in the state with the required competencies.
He noted that higher institutions of higher learning should continually incorporate in their various school curriculum the needs of the people which he said will eventually power the development of the individual and the society.
The governor announced an automatic employment for the overall best graduating student in the College of Vocational and Technical Education(COVTED), Bolatito Matthew Olatunde.
In his convocation address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu disclosed that the institution has embarked on the process of restructuring the academic programmes of the institution so as to revolutionize the teaching profession and also improve the quality of school services, adding that the institution has continued to maintain an upright record in the accreditation of its academic programs.
Arigbabu noted that the institution was graduating a total of 3361 out of which thirty seven obtained first class honours
The Vice Chancellor urged the graduands to be job providers rather than job seekers while leveraging on different entrepreneurship skills they have acquired alongside their degree programmes.