L-R-: Prof. Eyitope O. Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, State of Osun discussing with Comrade Ayodele Adewale, on his planned employment opportunity program “The Comrade Ayodele Adewale Employment Award” for the three most outstanding graduating students from the Department of Public Administration. The award is in memory of late Comrade George Iwilade “Africa”.
L-R Mr. Gbadebo Moses Oluwagbemi David, President Association of Public Administration; Dr. O.O Popoola, the Department’s HOD, presenting a merit award of Excellence to Comrade Ayodele Adewale, for his good administrative performance and selfless service to the country.
The National Association of Public Administration of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Osun State chapter, has awarded the former Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area, Lagos, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, with an ‘Award of Excellence.
The award was bestowed on Comrade Ayodele during a program organised by Students’ Administrators, where he was invited as a guest speaker, at the event held on Thursday November 7, 2019.
The program, according to a release issued by Comrade Ayodele Media team and emailed to this medium, was presided by the Head of the Department (HOD) Public Administration, Dr. O. O. Popoola and chaired by the Vice Dean Dr. T. A Olaiya and moderated by a senior lecturer in Department, Dr. Mrs. P. I. Igbokwe .
Also in attendance were Barrister Folorunsho Oladoyin Bamiseayemi, State of Osun’s Commissioner of Education (Represented), Mr. Biyi Odunlade Commissioner for youth and Sports State of Osun; Mr. Adeyemi, Chairman, Ife East Local Government Area; Mr. Babatunde Desmond Ojo, representing Oriade LGA, House of Assembly (Represented at the program) and Mr. Vincent Adeoba, senior Tax Consultant, PWC.
Comrade Ayodele who spoke on “21st Century Democratic Governance: The Inevitable Roles of Administrators”, given his previous role as the Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government, a position he held for 2 terms of 6 years, Comrade Ayodele, made a robust presentation on all facets of good public administration, which he buttressed with references from his grassroots administrative and governance experiences to drive home some of his salient points.
It was an extremely interactive session as questions were asked by the students who were eager to learn from an experienced administrator.
The program ended with an award of excellence to Comrade Ayodele by the Association which was presented by the head of department Dr. O.O Poopola.
Accepting the award, Comrade Ayodele thanked the President of the Association Gbadebo Moses Oluwaseun and his Financial Secretary, Oluwagbemi David who had made the trip from Osun State to his office in Festac Town, Lagos to personally invite him to the event.
He described the gesture as ‘touching and surprising’, as he had no prior relationship with the OAU students. Adding that the last time he had spoken at the amphi-theater of the university was 20 years ago with Dr. Dipo Fashina, the then ASSU National Chairman at a program organised to mobilise against some unacceptable policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Comrade Ayodele used this gesture by the students to underscore the importance of leaving good footprints and living a worthy and meaningful life which would always be a beacon for others to emulate.
Comrade Ayodele also dedicated the award to GOD and also to the memory of Comrade George Iwilade a.k.a Afrika a 400 law student who was killed by cultist at 4:30am on July 10, 1999 while sleeping in his block 6 room at Awo Hall of the University.
At the time of his death in 1999, Comrade Ayodele said late George held a senior position in the Student Union hierarchy, he was the General Secretary while Comrade Lanre Adeleke a.k.a Lanre Legacy, was President of OAU students union and he was the President, Lagos State University Students Union Government.
After the program, the Alumni’s Relations Officer, Mr. Gbolahan Ogunajo facilitated a meeting between Comrade Ayodele and the Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Eyitope O. Ogunbodede, discussions at the meeting centered on activities to provide an enabling environment for youths to thrive, grow and develop.
The outcome of the meeting was a resolution by Comrade Ayodele to offer programmed support in terms of opening up employment opportunities for the best three overall graduating students of the department.
Comrade Adewale according to the release, explained further that he has a lot of goodwill in both the private and public sector and would leverage on this to help the students get gainful employment.
He stated that the criteria that will be used to select the students must include a good character assessment, excellent academic results (1st class or 2nd class upper distinction) and a letter of endorsement from the Vice Chancellor.
It was gathered that the School’s Vice Chancellor was extremely receptive to this first-of-its-kind proposal and saw the immediate benefit to the students. He assured Comrade Ayodele of his willingness to explore the best way for the university to develop and embed this proposal as an annual program that will be mentioned at every convocation ceremony of the university. In honour to Comrade Adewale for his selfless gesture, the Vice Chancellor asked him to provide a name for the annual employment gesture award.
The Vice Chancellor also promised to institutionalize it and make it an annual program that will be mentioned at every convocation ceremony of the university.
After consultations with Comrade Segun Adekoya (OBJ) and Mr. Tony Babaniji, it was decided that the award will be called Comrade Ayodele Adewale Employment Opportunity Award in honour of late Comrade George Iwilade a.k.a Afrika.