The Rector, Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Mr Obafemi Omokungbe will officially bow out of office on Jan. 29, after concluding a five year stewardship in the institution.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Joe Ejiofor, the Deputy Registrar of the college and issued to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.
According to him, having shown leadership and quality service delivery, the institution hails his unprecedented commitment to the development of the college.
The statement said Omokungbe, an Engineer, assumed office as the rector of YABATECH on March 8, 2018 after a rigorous transparent process.
It said he joined the service of the college as lecturer 111 in 1993 and rose through the ranks to become a Chief lecturer in the Civil Engineering Department, School of Civil Engineering and Natural Resources in 2009.
“Omokungbe was also the head, Department of Civil Engineering from 2007 to 2009 and was a one-time president, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (YABATECH branch).
“He took over from an acting rector at the time, Dr (Mrs) Taiwo Oyelola. She was in the acting capacity from Dec. 10, 2017 to March 5, 2018,’’ Ejiofor said in the statement.
According to Ejiofor, some activities have been lined up in celebration of the milestone recorded by the outgoing rector.
“One of such activities began last Friday with a special principal officer’s end-of-tenure meeting.
“There was also a courtesy visit by the newly constituted YABATECH Alumni Association Steering Committee, led by the President, Pastor Nureni Alabi.
“The climax of the ceremony will hold on Jan. 27, with a mock academic board meeting and a book presentation, all in honour of the outgoing rector,” he said.
Ejiofor described Omokungbe’s tenure as successful in every ramification as the institution witnessed rapid transformation in the areas of infrastructural upgrades, capital and manpower development and research and innovation.
“Our dearest rector will be bowing out of service on Sunday, having committed and served extremely well, for good solid five years, transformation recorded cannot be over-emphasised.
“The college, which was ranked 8th by Webometrics before Omokungbe emerged rector is currently ranked first and best polytechnic in Nigeria for the third time since 2019.
“Most of the programmes run in the college have been accredited by the National Board for Technical Education and other accreditation agencies.
“These achievements have greatly improved teaching and learning in the college, as well as general wellbeing, welfare of both students and members of staff, which are evident,” he added.
Ejiofor added that Omokungbe’s commitment to the development of the college also impacted the Epe campus, which according to him, has undergone massive growth and development.
He said that the campus’s internal road networks had been completed, alongside the new female hostel and School of Technical Education and all now functional. (NAN)