TASCE Holds Virtual Matriculation For 900 Students, Pledges More Innovations - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, August 10, 2020

TASCE Holds Virtual Matriculation For 900 Students, Pledges More Innovations

... College Disowns CAS and Its Leader, One Ade Balogun

... As Management Passed Vote Of Confidence On Provost, Dr. Kiadese

             College Management after the virtual                                    matriculation

- The Daily Crucible

Tai Solarin College of Education(TASCE), Omu-Ijebu, Ogun State has joined the list of elite institutions in the country which have responded adroitly to the challenges of the COVID - 19 pandemic with virtual matriculation of about 900 fresh students for its 2019/2020 Academic session.

This matriculation exercise was for students admitted into the National Certificate of Education (NCE ) programme of the College as well as the Degree Programme in affiliation with the Olabisi Onabanjo University(OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.

The new intakes - 500 students for NCE and 400 for Degree students - and their families, friends as well as ‘stalites’ of the institution, participated at the ceremony through the Zoom platform and live feeds on Facebook and YouTube which were coordinated and monitored at the College's campus, Omu - Ijebu, recently.

The Provost of the College, Dr. Lukman Adeola Kiadese, said the success of the event signaled the institution’s preparedness to embrace the new face of education in  Compliance with the realities of COVID -19. 

Kiadese assured that the College would continue to explore compliant options to protect staff and students while not taking away from the quality of instruction and other learning activities. 

He advised the freshers to be regular in attendance at lectures and shun bad behaviours that could truncate or elongate their educational journey, also reminding them that the College has zero tolerance for cultism, drug abuse, examibation malpractices, perversions and any other forms of vice and crime. 

But a group acting under the aegis of Concerned Academic Staff (CAS) of TASCE, had on Saturday, declared that they have no confidence in the College's Provost, Dr. Lukman Adeola Kiadese, and proceeded to pass a vote of 'No Confidence' on him' and caused it to be reported in an online publication, and not The Daily Crucible.

CAS claimed Kiadese had started lobbying to be appointed the Colleges' Provost, the second time, and urged Governor Dapo Abiodun - led State Government not to renew his tenure.

The Chairman of CAS, Mr. Ade Balogun, who spoke to reporters in Ijebu-Ode, alleged that the Provost won't pass an integrity test if subjected to one.

The Daily Crucible recalls that the Staff Union of the institution and management-led by the Provost, have been on war path in the last three years over issues bordering on alleged non-payment of salaries, poor welfare condition, harassment of both Academic and Non-Academic staff, mismanagement of College's funds among other issues.

Balogun also accused Kiadese of lobbying politicians and political appointees to be appointed for second term as Provost of the College.

He alleged further that the Provost Kiadese doled out gifts to political appointees during the past Sallah celebration, saying he deserves no second term in office.

He reckoned that it was wrong and unacceptable in the estimation of the staff of the institution for the Provost to fete people with gifts while the salaries and other benefits of the College's staff could not be met by the institution's management.

He added that the State Government had refused to promote them in the last seven years, noting that TASCE Governing Council was only after imposing Kiadese on them as second term Provost of the College.

He said:  "Dapo Abiodun-led administration has promised to put an end to TASCE problem and restore her lost during 2019 electioneering period, but to our surprise, nothing tangible has been done as the administration continues the payment of half salary to the staff since May 2019 till date."

He alleged that the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has not paid any amount out of over 60 (sixty) months salary arrears owned TASCE Staff by his predecessors, noting that they have not being paid June and July salaries.

He said that the present administration of Dapo Abiodun government now owing them 5 (five) months salaries in his 14-month old administration with Kiadese unable to do anything to address their plights.

However,  the College has dissociated itself from CAS and the acclaimed leader, Ade Balogun.

Reacting through the Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Fisayo Olajide, the College denied the existence of CAS or its acclaimed leader in the institution, stating that "there is no member of Academic Staff in Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu by the name Mr. Ade Balogun.

The College also challenged anyone with claims to the contrary, to come forth with the staff number and department of the said Mr. Ade Balogun.

It noted that the sponsored report, allegedly, in an online publication of the Western Post on Saturday, was the handiwork of some faceless and disgruntled elements plotting to cause a set-back for the new found peace being enjoyed in the College since the inception of Governor Dapo Abiodun's administration and the Governing Council of TASCE led by Prince Adeyemi Adefulu.

Mrs. Olajide stated: "We wish to state that there is no member of Academic Staff in Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu by the name Mr. Ade Balogun and if anyone claims contrary, such person should come forth with the staff number and department of the said Mr. Ade Balogun.

"The college has never had it so good since its re-establishment in Omu-Ijebu about 12 years ago as it is enjoying under the present administration.

"Of note is the regularity and promptness in salary payment and provision of enabling working environment unlike the past.

"Suffice to mention other extra efforts of the Governing Council to re-position the fortune of the college by expanding its IGR with massive investment in Agriculture and other projects, expanding the courses in the degree programme through affiliation with the prestigious University of Ibadan and expanding the sustained existing programme with Olabisi Onabanjo University.

"There is no doubt that the whole good people in the TASCE community under the Provostship of Dr. Lukmon Adeola Kiadese would forever remain grateful to this administration for the monumental progress and successes experienced in recent time and the future.

"The College therefore passionately calls on the general public to dis-regard the wicked mis-information that is being peddled about by the mischief making transducers and enemies of the college progress to run down our heroes and drag the good name of the college in the mud through bad publicity."

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