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Dr. Ajayi Iyela, Provost, FCE, Okene.

“Born in 1960 at Ogori-Magongo Local Government Area of Kogi State, Dr. Ajayi Iyela was a Chief Lecturer with the Fedral College of Education, Katsina in Katsina State until his appointment. He had served as both Deputy Provost between 2003 and 2007 and as Acting Provost in year 2006 of Federal College of Education, Katsina.”

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Dr. Ajayi Iyela, Provost, FCE, Okene, Kogi State

Provost, Federal college of Education, Okene

Profile of Dr. Ajayi Iyela

Dr. Ajayi Iyela was appointed by the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria October 2009 as the Provost of Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi State.

Born in 1960 at Ogori-Magongo Local Government Area of Kogi State, Dr. Ajayi Iyela was a Chief Lecturer with the Fedral College of Education, Katsina in Katsina State until his appointment. He had served as both Deputy Provost between 2003 and 2007 and as Acting Provost in year 2006 of Federal College of Education, Katsina.

Dr. Ajayi Iyela attended the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, where he obtained his B.A (Combined Honours) in History/Political Science in 1981 and M.A. (History) in 1987. He had his Ph.D. in Economic History from University of Jos, Plateau State in 1998.

As an educationist par excellence; a seasoned and conscientious teacher and a researcher, Dr. Ajayi has to his credit over 70 publications, including published books, dissertations and various chapters in books, articles in international journals and has also several seminars, conferences and workshops.

Dr. Iyela had served in various administrative capacities in Federal College of Education, Katsina as Head, History Department; Head, General Studies Department; Coordinator, Pre-NCE Programme; Head, Social studies Department; Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences, and member of over forty (40) Committees, out of which he was Chairman to twenty four (24) of them between 1989 and 2009. He was also an editor to two prominent College Journals.

The commitment to service of Dr. Ajayi Iyela went beyond the bounds of Federal College of Education, katsina, to several national assignments involving Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Matriculation Examinations; Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB); Senior Secondary School Certificate examination (WAEC and NECO); National Commissions for Colleges of Education; Katsina State Teachers’ Registration Council, among others. He also served as external moderator, assessor and examiner in various capacities.

This gentle and humble achiever belongs to several professional academic associations among which are National Association for Research Development; Promotion of Academic Excellence in Tertiary Institutions of Nigeria; Social Studies Association of Nigeria; Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria, and the Nigerian institute of Management to list a few.

His track record speaks volume and easily explains reasons behind several awards, honours and special recognitions he earned in the course of his career, especially from his employers, staff and students as well as the professional bodies he belongs.

TESTIMONIAL:

In the eyes of the public:

Iyela Ajayi: Building Tomorrow’s Leaders

Permit me a space in your revered medium to express and commend Dr. Ajayi Iyela, the Provost of Federal College of Education, Okene, for his most humble self and for the good work he is doing since taking over the mantle of leadership of this historic College of Education, Okene, 365 days ago.

His peculiar character of coming down as low as possible to appreciate the challenges facing the less privileged is unprecedented. This makes him stand out from those who isolate themselves from the people because of the position they hold.

Coupled with this, he has made integrity and accountability his watchword, which qualifies him among a very few as having taken the footsteps of some of the founding fathers of our nation like Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, Sir ahmadu Bello, the sardauna of sokoto and host of others.

As Sarki Salama of Ebira land and one of the Dauda of Ebira land, I listened to comments within and outside your institution and it gladden my heart that you have not disappointed your mentor and your country home, where education is their industry from time immemorial. I have no doubt in my mind that by the time he would have completed his tenure, the legacy he will be leaving behind may not only be unqualified and unparallel, but the difficult to match in the near future.

Since his appointment to preside over the affairs of the Federal College of Education, Okene, even the greatest critic of the institution will agree that there has been tremendous change in the affairs of the institution in terms of peaceful coexistence, unity of purpose and development of the institution and rededication of both staff and students.

The institution has been upgraded to a degree awarding institution in his time; this was aided with the creation of new departments for which Directors were appointed. He has also appointed Special advisers to guide him in the day-to-day running of the institution; he has provided clean water to the institution; he has also commenced the fencing of the institution, which has been abandoned for long and so many more projects.

Adjudging from the various comments I have been opportune to listen to, I think I will be justified to say that he has so far lived up to expectations of not only members of the institution, but members of the immediate community as well as Ebira land in general.

As the head of an academic institution of this status, the role of impacting knowledge to your younger generations is the starting point of building a nation and leaders of tomorrow. In view of this, we have seen your total commitment, devotion, zeal and efforts to raise the standard of learning in the institution in particular and our immediate environment in general.

I therefore, on behalf of my entire family, congratulate you on your one year in office and commend your efforts in uplifting the standard of the Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi State.

(This piece was as published in the Leadership newspaper and contributed by Dauda, Abdulkadir Atta, Abuja, FCT.)

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. AFOLABI VICTOR

    March 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I GIVE GOD MY PRECIATION FOR WHAT HIS HAS DONE IN OUR SCHOOL, FCEOKENE.I ALSO PRAYER FOR OUR PROVOST DR.AJAYI IYELA GOD DIRECT UR PATH AND UR FAMILF. REMAIN BLESS.

  2. amaihian philip idowu

    March 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    The good work you have been doing to bring back quality teaching and learning through the training of teachers of which am one of your product at katsina in .History dept between 1984-1987.Am now on your heels and want to show the world that i have gone through a quality hands in your capacity..Sir, as you go about this,God will lead you to the greatest height and you will not remain the same in Jesus Name.I look up to your good leaderhip

  3. Kolade daniel

    May 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    First, i will want to thank God for the life of provost. Since he has posted to this institution fce okene,there have been great changes which i must commend on his effort

  4. Kolade daniel

    May 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Dr prof. Ajayi iyela is a God sent, a destined man, a good leader who loves to see his people progress in all they do

  5. Olorunmaiye joseph

    May 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Good day mr Provost, here is a food for u this week “Pursue ur dream no matter how far-fetched it may seem, for dreams are like ur children; they are ur offspring, they are the joy of ur present the hope of ur future, protect them! Feed them!! Encourage them 2 grow, for as long as u have a dream you’ll never grow old”. Selah! From Joe music dept. FCE Okene.

  6. Kolade daniel

    May 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Let’s celebrate a new era of education in fce okene for our provost has brought about new changes,just imagine fce a degree awarding institution

  7. Raji Ojo A

    May 31, 2011 at 11:57 am

    My belief is that God has ways of coming down to his people. Dr Iyela Ajayi is one of the ways 2ru which God has come to our college.
    Carry on You are with the Almighty.

  8. ONOTU BENJAMIN ONIPE

    June 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I want to use this priviledge to appreciate the effort of our lovely father Dr Iyela Ajayi for His great and tremendous work in this great institution. May the Lord Almighty lift you up sir. (Amen)

  9. OGEJAH A.ZAKARI

    July 11, 2011 at 11:19 am

    My Dear provost,DR AJAYI AYELA! My prayer for u is God Almighty to protect & guard u.and more greeze to ur elbow.

  10. Ttlorlar seun

    August 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Your highness sir!plz try nd do smthing drastic abt our degree program students re dying to start it ohhh

  11. Oke Ekundayo E

    September 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    No matter how the devil quakes and aches; the earth and heaven is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof. God will be with you sir.

  12. Comrade Abba Abba ( Chief Of Staff) NANS

    September 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    We Love you Provost, May God continue to guide and protect you. You are a Good person only ifwe can have d type of you heading the Education Ministry in Nigeria. God Bless you Leader. National Asso. Of Nigerain Students (NANS) are proud of You.

  13. iyela osebi

    September 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    continue ur good works prof.dr iyela,ur family ar prayin 4 u

  14. Ige segun

    September 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Good day sir,sufficent grace,infinite blessing,irreplaceable luv,uncommon favour,perpetual peace,immesurable joy.dose are my wishes for you.for all wonderful work you have doing in fce okene.

  15. Sangotola Bukky

    September 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I tink Nigeria needs people like you.I pray and hope God blesses every institution in Nigeria with leaders like you.

  16. Ekuoye Gift

    October 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

    The provost of fce okene has really tried. May God crown ur efforts with success in all ur endeavours even as you continue to wax stronger. Tanx a million. Ekuoye Godwin Gift, Eng/Crs, 200 level, fce okene.

  17. Paul Iyela

    November 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    May the good God continue to guide u n give u d zeal to continue ur good works in the institution.

  18. Yemisi Aiyenigba

    December 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Humble Provost,pls help 2fasten the degree program we the ex student are lukin 4ward.

  19. Nee Ruth Ogunjumo

    December 22, 2011 at 2:59 am

    This is great.am one of your student years back in katsina.love to see this great recommendation.yes u are a great man to our generation. keep the ball rolling sir. where is mr. olabode olaniyi a lecturer under u in katsina

  20. Aleriwon Dora

    January 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    waho! i was shut of words when i enter d campus, mr Iyala u hv started a good work may grant u d strength to acomplish it. FCE student love u wonderful DADDY!

  21. TITUS OLUSEGUN STEPHEN

    January 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    My Provost i have compose dis song for U. Chorus. Come n see what is hapening n FCE okene things are turnin around, for our good o. 1. Dr Ajayi Iyela, is a great n God send leader, coming 2FCE as a healer, within a short time u can see wonder. 2. Every where now is renovation, from a man of great vission, coming 2fce with a mission, n d campus he meet n confusion. 3. He is giving us research package, n increase directorate, given every one human image, that is why we are paying homage. TITUS OLUSEGUN LECTURES N MUSIC DEPT FCE OKENE, ALSO A PHD STUDENT UI.

  22. Tete Osih

    January 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Indeed you are my master and mentor. Your elevation has spoke for your hardwork.

  23. daudu vicent. t.

    March 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    my provost, u are a good leadership.carry go joor

  24. Eld. D.I Bello 08034560787

    January 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    No doubt about his great achivement. Dr Iyela is a quiet and humble servant. He was once my lecturer at FCE KATSINA 1994-1998. “He who work honourably and diligently to the end shall be save”.

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FG trains unemployed graduates in Delta under GIS

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Mrs Tolu Falaiye presenting Certificate of Participation to an intern after the training

Mrs Tolu Falaiye presenting Certificate of Participation to an intern after the training

The Federal Ministry of Finance, through its Graduate Internship Scheme has trained about 50 Graduates inDelta State at a training titled “Orientation and Employability Skills Training”.

Mr Dennis Chukwu, Director Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Federal Ministry Finance, on Monday said that the ministry would train over 50 unemployed graduates under the scheme in Delta State.

Mr. Chukwu said the GIS was developed to enhance the employability of up to 50,000 (by 2015) unemployed graduates in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT through internship programs in pre-selected institutions; reduce the vulnerability of unemployed graduates; build manpower base towards attaining national development operations and provide income supplement and a social safety net for unemployed graduates.

 

Mrs Ifejieko presenting the Director GIS speech at the opening ceremony

Mrs Ifejieko presenting the Director GIS speech at the opening ceremony

Mrs Ifejiako representing the Director GIS, while addressing the participants in Asaba during the opening ceremony, said that the programme was to train universities and polytechnics graduates on skills acquisition.

 

She said that the Federal Government was committed to empowering the youth in the area with skills acquisition for job creation in the country as he decried the current unemployment rate in the country, describing it as unacceptable.

Saying that in view of its prospect for skills building and job creation, the scheme has developed special programmes for non-oil sector. GIS has entered into special partnerships with government and non-governmental organisations to have graduates trained, mentored and supported in areas such as non-oil export trade, ICT, agriculture, community health, construction, financial inclusion, amongst others.

She reiterated that many of the interns are currently part of these partnerships and the Directorate is happy with the positive feedbacks it is receiving from some of the employers, as she maintained  that the only key to solve unemployment problem could only be through concerted effort by all the stakeholders.

Basically, the internship programme is to prepare the graduates for the job market, in the quest for job search. “The interns had been placed in reputable private and public organisations for the period of 12 months where they were trained on various skills and paid monthly stipend of N30,000 and above.”

She said many graduates have used the GIS platofrom to distinguish themselves in their places of work. in the face of obvious challenges they have defied the odds against them to be true representatives of their families, their communities, the organization where they worked and the country at large.

She also said the objective of the Prepare interns exiting from scheme on opportunities for wealth creation in different sectors of the Nigerian economy; Guide them on strategies for enhanced job creation or employment; Expose interns to opportunities in cooperative system in mobilizing funds for business start-ups and sources of funding.

The programme is also designed to help interns in the place of networking and partnership; Enterprise establishment and development of business plans and Financial literacy and management.

Fundamentally, the training seeks to economically empower the unemployed graduates through conscious engagement and development of entrepreneurial capacities. In an attempt to rightly position the interns to take full advantage of the intervention, the Exit Training was held at the Conference Hall of Southgate Hotel, Asaba, Delta State.

The Lead Facilitator, Olusiji Balogun speaking with journalists at the event

The Lead Facilitator, Olusiji Balogun speaking with journalists at the event

The Lead Facilitator, Aremo Olusiji Balogun of Successory Nigeria Limited therefore, admonished participants to take the training very serious by following the instruction and the basic rules with a view to getting the best.

He said that nobody would give them what they wanted unless they worked towards their own set agenda and goals as he urged the participants to use the knowledge gained to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to national development.

A representative of one of the partnering firm Barr. Jude Itedjere also urged the Federal Government not to relent in its efforts towards making our graduates employable especially through the GIS Scheme as most employers are reluctant to employing green horns but those with qualities and skills. He praised the FG for the initiative and pray that the programme will be expanded to cater for more graduates.

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FG trains unemployed graduates in Osun under GIS

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Participants at the training

Participants at the training

The Federal Ministry of Finance, through its Graduate Internship Scheme has trained about 50 Graduates in Osun State at a training titled “Orientation and Employability Skills Training”.

Mr Dennis Chukwu, Director Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Federal Ministry Finance, on Monday said that the ministry would train over 50 unemployed graduates under the scheme in Osun State.

Mr. Chukwu said the GIS was developed to enhance the employability of up to 50,000 (by 2015) unemployed graduates in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT through internship programs in pre-selected institutions; reduce the vulnerability of unemployed graduates; build manpower base towards attaining national development operations and provide income supplement and a social safety net for unemployed graduates.

Mrs Okorie Oyidiya representing the Director GIS, while addressing the participants in Osogbo during the opening ceremony, said that the programme was to train universities and polytechnics graduates on skills acquisition.

She said that the Federal Government was committed to empowering the youth in the area with skills acquisition for job creation in the country as he decried the current unemployment rate in the country, describing it as unacceptable.

Saying that in view of its prospect for skills building and job creation, the scheme has developed special programmes for non-oil sector. GIS has entered into special partnerships with government and non-governmental organisations to have graduates trained, mentored and supported in areas such as non-oil export trade, ICT, agriculture, community health, construction, financial inclusion, amongst others.

She reiterated that many of the interns are currently part of these partnerships and the Directorate is happy with the positive feedbacks it is receiving from some of the employers, as she maintained  that the only key to solve unemployment problem could only be through concerted effort by all the stakeholders.

Basically, the internship programme is to prepare the graduates for the job market, in the quest for job search. “The interns had been placed in reputable private and public organisations for the period of 12 months where they were trained on various skills and paid monthly stipend of N30,000 and above.”

She said many graduates have used the GIS platofrom to distinguish themselves in their places of work. in the face of obvious challenges they have defied the odds against them to be true representatives of their families, their communities, the organization where they worked and the country at large.

She also said the objective of the Prepare interns exiting from scheme on opportunities for wealth creation in different sectors of the Nigerian economy; Guide them on strategies for enhanced job creation or employment; Expose interns to opportunities in cooperative system in mobilizing funds for business start-ups and sources of funding.

The programme is also designed to help interns in the place of networking and partnership; Enterprise establishment and development of business plans and Financial literacy and management.

Fundamentally, the training seeks to economically empower the unemployed graduates through conscious engagement and development of entrepreneurial capacities. In an attempt to rightly position the interns to take full advantage of the intervention, the training was held at the Conference Hall of Regina Suites, along East-West Ring Road, Osogbo, Osun State.

The Lead Facilitator Mr. Victor Femi of Global Knowledge Consulting admonished participants to take the training very serious by following the instruction and the basic rules with a view to getting the best.

He said that nobody would give them what they wanted unless they worked towards their own set agenda and goals as he urged the participants to use the knowledge gained to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to national development.

Two interns shared their success stories at the opening ceremony. Kikelomo Rihannat Olawale, of the Peace Corp, was full of praises for the Federal Government regarding the programme. She said apart from the fact that she had improved her capacities and skills, out of her monthly stipends, she was able to buy a sewing machine for herself after learning some tailoring skills. Not just that, she was also able to assist her mother in starting petty trading as a way to help the entire family.

Fayemi M. Oluwagbemiga, also from the Peace Corps of Nigeria, has become an employer through his agro-allied scheme, which he has over 30 pigs and piglets.

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FG trains 100 Interns in Benue State

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The Federal Ministry of Finance, through its Graduate Internship Scheme has trained about 100 Graduates in Benue State at a training titled “Career Development and Entrepreneurship Skills Training”.

Mr Peter Pakpa, Director Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Federal Ministry Finance, on Monday said that the ministry would train over 100 unemployed graduates under the scheme in Benue State.

Mr Papka said the GIS was developed to enhance the employability of up to 50,000 (by 2015) unemployed graduates in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT through internship programs in pre-selected institutions; reduce the vulnerability of unemployed graduates; build manpower base towards attaining national development operations and provide income supplement and a social safety net for unemployed graduates.

Mr Salisu Yakubu representing the Director GIS, while addressing the participants in Makurdi, said that the programme was to train universities and polytechnics graduates on skills acquisition.

Lead Facilitator

Lead Facilitator

He said that the Federal Government was committed to empowering the youth in the area with skills acquisition for job creation in the country as he decried the current unemployment rate in the country, describing it as unacceptable.

He said the only key to solve it was a concerted effort by all the stakeholders.

Basically, the internship programme is to prepare the graduates for the job market, in the quest for job search.

“The interns had been placed in reputable private and public organisations for the period of 12 months where they were trained on various skills and paid monthly stipend of N30,000 and above.”

He said the objective of the Prepare interns exiting from scheme on opportunities for wealth creation in 
different sectors of the Nigerian economy; Guide them on strategies for enhanced job creation or employment; Expose interns to opportunities in cooperative system in mobilizing funds for business start-ups and sources of funding.

The programme is also designed to help interns in the place of networking and partnership; Enterprise establishment and development of business plans and Financial literacy and management.

Fundamentally, the training seeks to economically empower the unemployed graduates through conscious engagement and development of entrepreneurial capacities. In an attempt to rightly position the interns to take full advantage of the intervention, the Exit Training was held at the Conference Hall of Greenbelt Hotel, Makurdi, Benue State.

The Lead Facilitator Mrs Victoria Daaor admonished participants to take the training very serious by following the instruction and the basic rules with a view to getting the best.

She said that nobody would give them what they wanted unless they worked towards their own set agenda and goals.

She urged the participants to use the knowledge gained to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to national development.

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