The Provost, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos, Mr. Mr. Olalekan Bashorun will for a long time remain the talk of the college, even in the government circle for his landmark achievements in the College. ACOCOED was established by the Lagos State Government over five decades ago to raise quality and professional teachers to feed the nation’s primary and secondary schools.
On assumption to office in August 2011, he designed programme of actions, where he encapsulated his action plans to leap jump the institution into a modern college of education comparable to any in the world. Resuming to office, he vowed to revolutionalise the college’s programmes for good, and today he is lifting the college to an enviable status of most sought college of education in the country.
With less than a month to the end of his first tenure in office, both his critics and admires are in a common agreement that he has done incredible well in the college. His actions as provost have inspired and changed the psychology of many staff and students of the college to dream more and also achieved better. According to some staff of the college, Bashorun has inspired the work force in the college, and the result was the face lifting of college in both of human and material resources. Bashorun visionary action plan has resulted into the college being accepted as one of the leading colleges of education in the country.
Within the last three years and few months, he has taken the college to an enviable position in the country, where it has become one of the most sought colleges of education. The provost has also demonstrated uncommon capacity by influencing and empowering others to key into purposeful ideas to achieve results and he has steered and motivated entire college community towards the realization of identified goals of the institution which is quality education lace with good moral. Bashorun, a warm -hearted and blossoming icon, of an uncommonintellectual of limitless innovations has bestroded the college with many innovations and transformations that are beneficial to both students and staff.
His innate academic and administration ardour and adventurous spirit are exemplified by the giant stride in the college, where he is currently superintending a turnaround of the college into a reference point and a citadel of academic in Nigeria. At short space of time, he has brought gladdening transformations to college and redefined work ethnics which he predicted on honesty and tenacity of purpose to beneficial of all.
He has assiduously repositioned the institution for greater height, just as the academic standard of college had received a significant boost and infrastructural development. Some of the things he has done to leapfrog the college into greater and stable academic calendar, include the prioritization of staff and students welfare, which has resulted into peaceful atmosphere.
In his efforts to take the college to first among the equal, he painstakingly secured full, National Commission for College of Education (NCCE), accreditation for 29 courses being offered by the college and 100 per cent accreditation for 16 undergraduate degree programme in affiliation with University, by National Universities Commission (NUC).
He also orchestrated professionalization of teaching through immediate induction of all graduates of the college into Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Under him, staff development become more attractive that the college initiated a staff development programme where members had enjoyed continuous supports from within to attend local and international conferences as well as supporting those pursuing postgraduates programmes.
During these years ,he has succeeded in establishing AOCOED as one of the leading college of education in the country characterized by an inclusive and enabling value –driven professional culture , recognized globally for academic excellences. Within this period, over 72 academic staff of college have benefited from the arrangement, while six research teams of the college were awarded research grants worth 10 million by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
And over 69 staff of the college were sponsored to both national and international conference, just like about 88 are being processed for fresh sponsorship through the partnership with TETfund. Above all, he has unprecedentedly increased the physical and infrastructural development in the college within the last three years and some months to an uncommon stand-point. He also constructed Multimedia Micro Teaching Laboratory, sponsored by TETfund and tarred all roads on campus for painless movement.
The college in the last three years and some months has been able to execute some physical infrastructural projects that are germane to teaching and learning. Unrelentingly , to give the college a world class status, he established partnership with Havering College of Further Higher Education, Essex, England, London School of Finance and Business ,England ,Manchester Metropolitan University, England and University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.