Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) celebrated and showered encomium on Dr. Sikiru Olukayode Momodu immediate past Registrar for his meritorious service during the end tenure ceremony organized for him.
Momodu served as the 5th Substantive Registrar of the YABATECH from March 9, 2018, to March 8, 2023.
The end of tenure Ceremony featured a Public Lecture titled “Law and Ethics: Evolving New Culture in Public Service for Good Governance” by Professor Owasanoye, Bolaji (SAN), Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), and the Launching of a Compendium titled “THE MAN, The Pen and the Rules”.
The Rector of the College, Dr. (Engr.) Adedotun Abdul in his welcome Address noted that in recognition of the meritorious service of Dr S.O. Momodu, the College deem it fit to organize a Public Lecture, which was being inaugurated to celebrate all principal officers who showed unwavering dedication and commitment, during their tenure of office. It will henceforth be the College modality of showing appreciation and a policy of Recognition of Distinguished Service in the College.
The Chairman, Governing Council of YABATECH, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) who was the Distinguished Guest of Honour at the Public Lecture, was ably represented by Dr Peter Okolie a member of Governing Council, and a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Food Technology. Fagbemi commended the efforts of the celebrants in reforming the Registry Unit of the college and setting a new standard in public service.
He described Momodu as a man of many virtues, especially integrity, transparency, loyalty and accountability. Emphasizing that during the celebrant’s five years of occupying the position of Registrar, he proved himself as an exemplary civil servant.
Prince Fagbemi urged the staff of the Registry to take over from Momodu and perform whatever function they are assigned with unwavering determination and integrity.
The guest speaker, who was represented by Barrister Abbia Udofia, Director & Head of System Study & Review ICPC said that law and ethics are crucial elements to evolving new culture in institutions, like public service and good governance will not emerge with conscious and consistent ethical structures and efforts by the people and society.
“Everyone must constantly engage the question on the essence and application of ethics and values,” he cautioned.
He equally encouraged public officials and citizens to stand up for the law, good ethics and value for good governance.
The guest speaker extensively spoke on law, ethics and education, public service and good governance enhancing ethical values for good governance.
He further outlined the roles the ICPC plays in the culture of good governance and encouraged the attendees to leave a track record of Integrity.
The ICPC chairman, however, recognised the unrelenting efforts of Dr. Momodu at improving the services of the Yabatech Registry Unit. He enjoined the college not to permit a vacuum to emerge by the completion of the statutory five-year tenure as the Registrar of the College.
In his response, Dr. Momodu thanked God and all the people that contributed to his success during the time he was the Registrar of the College. He disclosed that his administration was able to digitalize the way the registry operates especially as regards sending memos and circulation of appraisal forms among members of staff and collection of transcripts by former students, who can now apply online and delivered within a very short period of time. Though he encountered a lot of challenges but they were for the prosperity of today, he said.
He claimed that all functions that were previously performed manually have been digitalized, resulting in increased efficiency in service delivery.
“We have been able to introduce the new evaluation report; the one we have been using has been in existence for over 30 years, and introducing a new one is a landmark achievement for any Registrar”, Momodu established.
He said further that, “admissions are more or less done online, student registration is now done online, so these are some of the things we were able to bring in within the five years, and we also organized in-house retreat for the governing council members of the College.
Among the people that showered encomium on Momodu as a team player and a loyal staff were immediate past Rector of the College, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe, former Registrar, Mrs. F.F. Taiwo, his predecessor Ms. B. C. Amapakabo and others.
The event came to a climax with the unveiling of the 99-page Compendium which is a compilation of works and presentations of the celebrant.