ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COLLEGE
Created by Decree of February 13, 1976, Ondo State formally took-off with Akure as its capital on April 1, 1976 with a crop of seasoned pioneer civil servants. One of the primary tasks of the helmsmen was the need to cater for the army of school leavers in the state. Prior to the time of its creation, the state had been identified with education as its main industry. Therefore, the issue of the degree of attention to this human resource industry occupied the minds of the administrators. Accordingly, the idea of a teacher training “Higher College” as the first tertiary institution came up. As a first step towards establishing the College, it was reasoned that it should deviate from the conventional pattern of teacher training institutions. But how could this aim be achieved?
The government took the practical steps of constituting a special task force under the headship of a Chief Inspector of Education ( and subsequently the founding Principal of the College), Late Chief M.O. Josiah, to prepare among other things, the groundwork for the academic programmes, physical facilities, staffing and financing as well as the issue of affiliation. In order to avoid unnecessary bureaucratic processes, the Ministry of Education was charged with the duty of governing the College as well as supervising it for the government.
Next, the structure of its programmes was adequately addressed. The College would be unique in that it would principally train technical and vocational education teachers without neglecting academic areas of study. Also the College would run a three-year programme with the first and third years being devoted to academic work while the middle year would be spent for “professional internship”, that is, full time practical teaching. To give respectability and acceptability to its programmes” the College would be affiliated to the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) which eventually approved its courses and sponsored same for the approval of the National Joint Consultative Committee on Education (JCCE) in February 1979. Thus, all programmes of the College were moderated by the University.
The College formally took off on December 3, 1977 at its temporary site, the campus of the defunct St. Benedict’s Modern School, along Akure Road, Ikere-Ekiti. As a gesture a good-will, the neighbouring Ekiti Teachers’ College loaned two blocks of hostels to the College for accommodation purposes. These hostels were promptly christianed “East London” and “USA” blocks by the students. A total of four hundred and ninety-six candidates for eighteen subject combinations formed the pioneer student population. They were inducted by the then State Commissioner for Education, the Late Professor Kola Folayan (later, Chairman of the Governing Council) on February 25, 1978. One of the highlights of the induction (matriculation) ceremony was the official renaming of the institution from Advanced Teachers’ College, to its present one: College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti. Ironically there were no intakes for technical and vocational education at the take-off even though the cardinal aim was the training of teachers in such fields. By changing the name to College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, government was already thinking ahead with the aim of including degree courses in its curriculum.
Early in 1978, further progress was made when the first Governing Council was constituted with Professor J.A. Majasan, then of the University of Ibadan, as Chairman. On April 7, 1978, the new Council paid its first official visit to the permanent site allocated to the College along Igbara-Odo Road, after a courtesy call on the Ogoga of Ikere, Oba Samuel Adegboye Akayejo II.
Work started in earnest on the permanent site soon after this inaugural Council Inspector One must pay particular attention to the commendable work of the pioneering staff.
These officers, comprising officials of the State Ministry of Education, worked day-in and day-out, stretching themselves to the limit, in order to ensure the success of their assignment. Worthy of note are the contributions of the late Chief M.O. Josiah, the foundation Principal, Mr. S.O. Ojo (Vice Principal) and Mr. S.O. Bankole (Acting Secretary) who all laboured ahrd to lay a very solid foundation on which substantive officers later built.
In October 1979, another milestone was reached in the institution’s march to maturity. A new set of officers consisting of late Dr. Akin Akinsulire as Principal, Mr. Akin Fasemore as Secretary and Mr. (now Oba) Wole Olubunmo as Bursar, replaced the officials seconded from the Ministry of Education since inception. With the appointment of these Principal Officers to complement the efforts of the Governing Council already in place, the tempo of development physical, academic and staffing-increased. Physical development now began on the permanent campus. Within three months, three students’ hostels, the central cafeteria and classrooms were constructed. At that time, it was envisaged that the College would move to the permanent site before the ned of the 1979/80 session. But this was not to be. Dr. Akin Akinsulire, the Principal, died in December 1979, causing a temporary halt to the steady speed of progress. Once more, the Ministry of Education had to come to the rescue of the College by appointing Mr. M.A. Ajayi, a Chief Education Officer, as Acting Principal.
Although, having to work under greater constraints than his immediate predecessor, Mr. Ajayi however distinguished himself as an able and resourceful administrator. Within a short spell of time, he initiated and nurtured the committee system to maturity. The reasoning behind this laudable system was that it ensured pooling of human resources, a feeling of commitment and participation by all and sundry, and a multi-dimensional approach to solving problems. The system soon yielded fruits, in that administration became easier and decision-making decentralized.
By the middle of 1980, students had started attending lectures on the permanent campus, admissions and examinations had become streamlined, and the tempo of road construction on the campus maintained. In October 1980, a new principal, now redesignated Provost, was appointed in the person of Dr. C.B. Oguntonade.
Again, Dr. Oguntonade kept the pace of development going especially in the area of academics where he made the greatest impact. It was Dr. Oguntonade who restructured the existing “Academic Divisions” into five Schools of study, based on the inter-relationship of disciplines.
The five Schools were:
(b) Arts and Social Sciences;
(c) Pure Sciences;
(d) Applied Arts and Sciences;
(e) Business and Technical Education.
Until the restructuring of Schools directed by the National Commission for Colleges Education in 1992, the classification of course in the College had largely conformed to the structure initiated by Dr. Oguntonade. Each School was (and is still) headed by a Dean.
By 1983, a series of crises had started to rock the administration of Dr. Oguntonade culminating in government intervention once more. The Governing Council was dissolved and replaced; the College was closed down, and a Visitation Panel instituted. At the end of the visitation, government relieved all Principal Officers of their appointments and replaced with them officials from the Ministry of Education. Thus, in April 1984, Mr. (now Dr.) S.A. Adewuya was appointed as Administrator while Mr. J B. Owagbayegun was appointed as Acting Registrar. Government’s action in respect of the crises quickly restored peace in the College, thus enabling the new hands to continue the work of building the College to great heights. Dr. Ademuya succeeded to a large extent in restoring intra-staff confidence and fellowship. Besides, the lain administrative block was constructed and commissioned in his time; a number of hitherto abandoned projects were completed by him; the Staff School was initiated, during his tenure, just as the establishment of the Music Makers, the College’s musical band. His appointment came to an end in December 1986, when a new set of substantive Provost, Registrar, Bursar and College Librarian were appointed.
The new officers Dr (now Prof) W.O. Olu-Aderounmu, as Provost, Mr. (now Chief) I. K Ojo, Registrar, Mr. I.A. Ojo, Bursar and Chief J.A. Arifayan, Librarian-began work with the efficacy of the proverbial new broom and succeeded within so short a time to make the College the envy of others. Among the enviable projects and schemes worthy of note undertaken by this team are the now-nationally-acclaimed Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) Primary Sandwich Programme, the University of Nigeria-supervised Sandwich Degree Programme, the contruction of the Sports Complex, student hostels, a modern Library and workshops and the initation of a College commercial Company. These noteworthy achievements attracted national attention and singled out the College as one of the most progressive in the country. But as it is, these laudable attainments were negated by yet another series of crises, like those of 1983, which led to government intervention once again.
The esprit-de-corps which had existed among the rank and file of the members of the College community between 1987 and 1992 began to show sings of cracks with the unusual third term of office as Provost granted Professor Olu-Aderounmu. The confidence of the staff and their dedication to the administration started to wane, most especially in 1994 and 1995 when payment of salaries became irregular due to insufficient funding. The persistent clamour for regular payment of salaries and approved allowances and other perceived grievances generated a lot of internal crises which culminated in an abrupt end to Professor Olu. Aderounmu’s administration in September 1995, the dissolution of the College Governing Council and the appointment of Professor Mrs. Omotayo Olutoye as Sole Administrator.
The administration of Professor Olutoye which lasted about twenty-one months took positive steps to solve some of the problems which had nearly paralysed the activities of the College. Some of the major achievements of the administration are the payment of staff salaries which had fallen into arrears, re-organisation of some academic and non-academic departments, improvement of the transportation system and facilities in the laboratories, workshops and students halls of residence. In addition work was resuscitated on the gigantic Library Complex which had been abandoned for more than three years.
Following the withdrawal of the Sole Administrator’s service from the College in July 1997, Dr. Akin Adegboye assumed duty as Acting Provost in August 1997 and as substantive Provost in February, 1998. His appointment as the first Chief Executive from within the College was greeted with tremendous applause from all sections of the college community. Among the major achievements recorded during his tenure were the re-organisation of the academic and non-academic departments of the College, improved transport system and prompt payment of salaries at the initial stage of his administration.
His last six months as the Chief Executive Officer of the College witnessed a lot of crises resulting from non-payment of salary arrears which led to the premature termination of his administration in July, 1999. The untimely end of Dr. Akin Adegboye’s administration gave way to Professor A.A. Oshodi’s appointment as sole Administrator in July 1999. Professor Oshodi’s five months tenure was devoid of crises as normalcy returned to the College.
After Professor Oshodi was recalled by the Ondo State Government in November 1999 then came the administration of Dr. Afolabi Popoola in December 1999 consequent upon his appointment as Sole Administrator and later as Provost in February 2000.
During his tenure, there was an improvement on the level of inter-personal relationship among members of staff and some physical developmental projects like the construction of the Integrated Science Department, the students union complex and the completion of some block of offices for the use of academic members of staff.
Dr Adewumi Adelodun became the Acting Provost of the College in June 2003 following the termination of the tenure of Dr Popoola. His one year stay in office witnessed an impressive physical development in the College but unfortunately, his administration ended prematurely following the students’ Demonstration of March 15, 2004 during which two students lost their lives. The incumbent Chief Executive, Dr (Pastor) Timothy Ikudayisi succeeded Dr Adelodun as the substantive Provost of the College on June 1, 2004. Since his assumption of office, there has been relative peace and harmony among the rank and files of the College community.
His administration has been paying staff salaries and allowances as and when due and has also embarked on noteworthy projects for the benefit of both the staff and students of the College. Among these projects are the building of the Administrative block Annex, building of Lecture halls, building of the Department of Educational Technology, building of Theatre Arts department and the provision of roadworthy vehicles for the principal functionaries of the College.
In his quest to improve the internally generated revenue base of the College, Dr Ikudayisi’s administration has commenced work on
(i) The renovation of the College Guest House;
(ii) The establishment of V-SAT based internet services and
(iii) The building of a large hall for the Continuing Education Programme of the College at the premises of the College staff school among others.
After the exit of Dr (Pastor) Timothy Ikudayisi as the College Provost on February 18, 2008, Dr. Gabriel Olusegun Olowoyo, a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Physical and Health Education became the Acting Provost. During his tenure, thre was relative peace and industrial harmony in the college. He concentrated more on due process in financial matters and made the College Health Centre one of the best Health Institutions in Ekiti State. It is noteworthy to mention that automation of the College Library complex and the X-Ray equipment in the College Health Centre remains the best in the History of any Ekiti State Government Health Institutions.
Very unfortunate and regrettable, Dr. Garbiel Olusegun Olowoyo was kidnapped by Kidnappers alongside prominent Nigerians on January 25, 2010 and later died in their hands.
After the death of Dr. Gabriel Olusegun Olowoyo, Dr. (Mrs.) Eunice Titilayo Ogunmola became the Acting Provost of the College on February 3, 2010. Ever since she came on board, Mama, as she is fondly called by members of staff and students has been oiling the wheels of the College to an enviable development. Her administration has concentrated on staff and students’ welfare, seminars, workshops and research programmes for members of staff and excursion for students.
Noteworthy of her achievement is the payment of the outstanding arrears of salary and monetization to members of staff. In addition, the construction of ICT compliant Complex of the Directorate of Examination and Records, the complete renovation of the dilapidated metal workshop, introduction of inaugural lecture to the academic system of the College. A very rare tradition in any College of Education in Nigeria.
To ensure efficiency, her administration has fully embraced electronic computation of results and the practice of delay in the release of students’ results has been laid to rest.