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We are prepared to attain university status, AOCOED community tells Ambode

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Academic and non-academic staff of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Lagos, have made a clarion call to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to make a formal declaration on the proposed Adeniran Ogunsanya University of Education, saying they are fully prepared to metamorphose into a degree awarding institution.

The workers, comprising of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN), Non-Academic Staff union (NASU), past union leaders, and elder statesmen maintained that the time is long over due, appealing to the governor to grant them their request before June this year when the college will be 60.

Addressing journalists at COEASU secretariat, Chairman of the union, Comrade Michael Avosetinyen, said they have been yearning for the upgrade of the college over the years, and have been able to convince the governor that university education is not only the trend but also cultural as Nigerian society is no longer interested in colleges of education.

According to him, “When the college management conveyed the good news message of government’s plan to transmute the college into a university to our community, it was expectedly received with enthusiasm. Our agitation for the university status is equally based on the fact that the college may witness mass exodus of its Ph.D holders and best hands that are trained with the state funds into various universities.

“We are fully prepared in terms of infrastructure, personnel, facilities, community relation, research and faculties to attain a university status. And so for creativity, innovation, for the sake of positive productivity, high demand for university education by the poor masses, history and posterity, all AOCOED workers and good people of our community are anxiously waiting for the reality of the proposed Adeniran Ogunsanya University of Education by the government before June when AOCOED will be 60 years of age.”

Council representative, Dr. Lanre Aiyejuyo; COEASU first National President, Comrade Sam Akindele; SSUCOEN Chairman, Comrade Wunmi Ombugadu; immediate past Chairman of SSUCOEN, Comrade Yemi Ayeni; and elder statesman, Comrade Shofidiya Adeoye, in their respective remarks expressed hope that the governor will give in to their demands.

they unanimously affirmed that the the institution has the personnel and facilities to meet up with the new status.


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