By Emmanuel Edukugho
As Yaba College of Technology held its matriculation ceremony recently for the 1,800 students admitted into various programmes of study in the 2010/1011 academic session, there was indication that the Federal Government would soon convert the college to university.
Dr. Margaret Kudirat Ladipo, Rector, Yaba College of Technology, in her address, said the conversion is being considered by government as a ministerial implementation committee report has been submitted to the Minister of Education.
She told a massive audience at the matriculation ceremony which included principal officers of the college, members of the Academic Board, heads of service unit, president and other officers of the students union, parents, guardians, well-wishers and the fresh students that the report is under consideration.
Her words: “On the conversion of the college to university, as you are aware, this is being considered by government. A Ministerial Implementation Committee for the transformation was constituted by the Federal Government.”
She added: “The committee’s report has been submitted to the Honourable Minister. The report is under consideration.”
According to the Rector, in considering candidates for admission into the current session, management ensured strict compliance with the 70:30 ratio for technology and management based programems.
There are seven schools of the college: Art, Design and Printing; Engineering (comprising Civil, Electrical Computer, Metallurgical Mechanical and Industrial Maintenance Engineering); Environmental Studies (Architecture, Building Technology, Estate Management, Quantity Surveying, Surveying and Geo-informatics, Urban and Regional Planning); Management and Business Studies (Accounting, Business Administration, Banking and Finance, Marketing and Office technology and Management); School of Science and Mathematics (Science Laboratory Technology with Options, Environmental Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics with Electronic and Statistics); Technology (Computer Science, Agricultural Technology, Food Technology, Polymer and Textile Technology, Hospitality Management, Leisure and Tourism); Liberal Studies (Mass Communication).
She congratulated the newly matriculated students saying: “You are indeed privileged to have been selected after the keen competition through JAMB and the rigorous post-JAMB screening by the college.”
Describing the college as “the cradle of higher education in Nigeria,” Ladipo noted that the matriculation ceremony is of utmost importance.
“The oath of allegiance which you have just sworn to commits you to be of exemplary behaviour throughout your stay in this college, shunning all forms of anti-social behaviour such as examination misconduct, cult activities and other unruly behaviour. You must at all times ensure you abide by this oath.”
The Rector raised a few important issues, which she described as “core values of this academic community.”
These include, discipline in academics, discipline in appearance and behaviour, entrepreneurial orientation, cultism, societies/social clubs, religious tolerance, sports and leisure.
She said there is a quality assurance unit in the college, in line with the direction of the Federal Government, which is aimed at bringing the concept of quality control and assurance in academic service delivery to the consciousness of both staff and students.
Yaba College of Technology has second campus at Epe.
“The Department of Agricultural Technology which is admitting its second batch of students is presently operating from Epe campus. The Michael Otedola Information and Communication Centre also operate at the Epe campus.”
The college has a unit called Applied Research and Technology Innovation (ARTI) established to promote research and linkages with relevant private sector organisations, particularly macro, small and medium enterprises for the exploitation and use of research for development.