The Chairman Governing Council of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, has assured the College Community that the Council is determined to ensure the institution experience growth and development in all ramifications. He made this remark at the inaugural meeting of the newly constituted council with the staff of the College.
Fagbemi disclosed that the council is coming with open minds and listening ears, and shall not only be fair to all but will be guided by the rule of law and due process in carrying out its mandate. He noted that staff motivation is essential to quality performance, and promised that the council shall ensure that what is required for the achievement of optimal staff motivation is put in place.
He appreciated the Federal Government for re-appointing him as the Governing Council Chairman for the second time which has never happened before in the history of the College. He said that his appointment for the second time is an opportunity for him to serve humanity, and contribute his own quota to the development of education in Nigeria and in Yabatech in particular.
The back-to-back Chairman congratulated members of staff elected to represent the Academic Board and the Congregation on the Council. He commended the entire members of the Academic Board and Congregation for the conduct of the free and fair election that brought the crop of personalities to the Council. Likewise, the College management was commended for the leadership provided in the administration of the institution.
“I would like to appreciate members of the immediate past Governing Council, who worked tirelessly with me to achieve the much we could. It is heartwarming to note that one of the last Governing Council members, Hon. Isa Anwalu has now been appointed Chairman, Governing Council of Federal Polytechnic, Mubi. Similarly, after about a year into the tenure of the last Council, another prominent member, Hon. Biodun Omoleye was found worthy and appointed as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. That was not all, Hon. Kayode Akiolu, a proud member of the last Council also got elected into the House of Representatives, as a member representing Lagos Island Federal Constituency II. Nothing better illustrates the caliber of members with whom I delightfully worked on the last Council than these lofty career elevations. It is my prayer that this present Council will relentlessly build upon and surpass the successes achieved by the former Council.”
The legal luminary was elated to know that YABATECH was recently ranked as the best Polytechnic in Nigeria; he congratulated the Rector of the institution, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe, other principal officers of the College, and the entire staff and students for this achievement. It is a feat worthy of celebration, he appealed to them to work even harder to retain this enviable position.
Fagbemi pledged on behalf of the Council that they will continue to support the management in the provision of infrastructure within the limits of its available resources to ensure a conducive environment for learning and work. He appreciated the genuine gesture of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for the support it has been giving the Polytechnic sector across the country. He assured that the Council shall be ready to receive viable ideas and suggestions on how to move the YABATECH forward as the pride of Nigeria so that it will continue to occupy its rightful position in the community of Polytechnic in Nigeria.
“As Council, we are resolved to serve with diligence and commitment to the growth of the College. We shall endeavor to provide enabling environment to allow ventilation of genuine ideas that will eventually move the College forward amongst the comity of world-class institutions. We are ready and willing to listen and collaborate with you to achieve the lofty goals of this administration and encourage regular interaction with critical stakeholders in the system in order to ensure rapid growth, delivery of qualitative and top-notch education to our students. It is my sincere hope that we shall ensure smooth administration for the benefit of our staff and students.”