By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
Following the expiration of the tenure of Mr. Olubunmi Owoso as the Rector of Yaba College of Technology in December last year, Mrs. Margaret Kudi Ladipo, the new rector of the first tertiary institution in Nigeria has commenced the process of reviewing the strategic plan which has been guiding the action of the college management in the last seven years.
According to Ladipo, a strategic planning workshop will hold very soon to which all stakeholders will be invited to make their inputs as a way of moving the college to a centre of excellence as envisioned by the Federal Government.
The new rector of the college disclosed this during her maiden address to the college staff at a forum called family meeting, adding that the planned stakeholders meeting will afford her the opportunity of presenting her administrationâ€™s strategic agenda.
As part of her plan to action, she said the college will locate, seek and enter into partnership arrangements and exchange programmes with relevant local and foreign institutions in areas like research, innovation, teaching, learning and general business.
According to her, new academic programmes will be expanded and supported with adequate infrastructural facilities in accordance with the vision of her administration and the contemporary of industrial and manufacturing sectors, explaining that the college will place more premium on human capacity development in line with the Federal Government seven-point agenda.
The rector charged the entire staff to embrace the culture of research and professional development as mechanism will be put in place to ensure regular training of staff to improve individual knowledge base, skills and competencies in the wake of the college becoming a degree awarding institution any moment from now.
Ladipo declared to over 5000 staff of the college both academic and non-academic staff that the college Epe campus is a big project that is very dear to her administrationâ€™s heart and would do every thing possible to develop the campus in the light of the challenges being faced at the main campus in terms of space and challenges.
Said she; â€œI intend to actualize the commencement of academic activities in the Epe campus in order to overcome the challenges of space constraint and to revisit the master plan of the campus to explore the new opportunities .
On staff welfare, she assured the staff and students that their welfare is a cardinal point of her regime. The newly completed ETF building project in the college, according to her shall be allocated to deserving schools to alleviate the problem of office accommodation while office furniture and equipment needs shall be attended to.
Mrs Ladipo passionately admonish the staff and students of the college to work for peaceful coexistence and harmony in the college for productivity to be achieved. She enjoined all to contribute their quota with every sense of commitment, dedication, hardworking and fear of God towards taking the college to the next level.
The rector also appealed to all staff to do their jobs diligently and endeavour at all times to follow the rules and regulations, making contributions in achieving the desired peace, harmony and mutual understanding as a sign of cooperation with the new administration which has made open door policy her watchword.