The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has assented the law upgrading the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti to the University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere (UESTI). The Governor signed the law on October 1, 2020 at formal ceremony in the Council Chamber of the Governor's office as part of activities marking his 2nd year in office. The news was received with joy as members of staff and members of the Ikere community trooped out dancing in jubilation.
The College was established in 1977 and had produced highly skilled and resourceful graduates who have made indelible marks in the sand of history and all fields of human endeavours. The College began awarding degree in 1992 in affiliation with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, producing many first class graduates to her credit.
With the avalanche of human and material resources in the institution, the University would offer unique and specialized educational services for all facets of human capital development.
The Ekiti State Governor posited that the programmes of the new University would be well structured and strategically woven around entrepreneurial education, with a carefully designed curriculum to properly imbue students to be self reliant to give credence to the knowledge economy agenda of Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Members of the legislative arm of Ikere Local government council have pledged their support for the proposed move to upgrade the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti to a university.
The Councilors representing all the wards in the local government during a visit to the Management of the College on campus said the upgrading was long overdue and expressed optimism that the state government would yield to the yearnings of the people.
According to the leader of the legislative house, Hon. Abiodun Daramola, the institution ranked among the best in the country as her products are making waves in their various fields across the world stressing that upgrading the College to a university would further help boost the economy of the state.
He promised to mobilise his colleagues and other notable indigenes of Ikere-Ekiti towards contributing to the smooth take off of the university.
Responding, the Provost of the College, Professor Olufemi Adeoluwa lauded Ikere community for ensuring peaceful co-existence with the staff and students of the College for the past forty-three years and expressed hope that the relationship would continue even as the College transit to a University.
Professor Adeoluwa described it as a thing of joy that the dream of the founding fathers at transforming the College to a university is coming to reality at this time and said all hands must be on deck to nurture the university to greatness.

Seventy-seven members of staff of College of Education Ikere-Ekiti have benefited from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) ICT SUPPORT INTERVENTION programme.
The week long training held at the College Computer Resource Centre, according to the Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Professor Sulaiman Bogoro, was geared towards improving ICT in the tertiary education system of the country especially in the areas of research and development.
Professor Bogoro who was represented at the training said the College of Education Ikere-Ekiti was chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the ICT training as part of the drive for improved public tertiary education system which was borne out of his administration’s concern that majority of the Nigerian students were in the public tertiary institutions.
He said “majority of students in Nigerian Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and Universities are in public tertiary institution. In terms of number, the Public tertiary institutions have about equal number with the private but in terms of population you can imagine; it is 94 per cent for public.
The training with the theme International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) Base Module and Intermediate Module was handled by Sharon Interactive Technologies Limited, Abuja, Nigeria.
The Provost of the College, Professor Olufemi Adeoluwa while declaring the training open charged the participants to take advantage of the training to widen their ICT skills stressing that when teachers are digitally literate and trained it would help to expand their horizon in digital world.
The Provost said equipping staff with sound ICT knowledge became necessary as the country needed to shift focus from resource-based economy to knowledge-based economy.
He said “In the 21st century when knowledge economy has taken over from resource-based economy, we cannot lose focus on the fact that there are some elements that drive this knowledge. In the era of knowledge economy, ICT is actually the driver. That is the relevance of ICT and digitalization,”
He lauded TETFUND for its efforts at fast tracking the education system and actualize the aims and objective government at building the knowledge economy.

A teacher at the College of Education Staff School Ikere-Ekiti, Mrs. Rebecca Olusayo Ojo has emerged as the best Primary School teacher in Ekiti State. Mrs. Ojo was announced as the winner of the best Teacher in the Private Primary School category during this year’s World Teachers Day Celebration held at the Bishop Adetiloye Hall, Ado-Ekiti.
She was rewarded with a cash gift and Certificate of merit at the event attended by the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assemby, Rt. Hon Funminiyi Afuye and other stakeholders in the education sector in Ekiti State.
The world teacher’s day is an annual event organized to celebrate teachers' contribution to the development of the society.
Government at different levels also used the occasion to reward outstanding teachers in both Public and Private Primary and Secondary Schools.
Report says Mrs. Ojo scaled through the rigorous interview conducted by the department of quality assurance, Ekiti State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and emerged the overall best Private Primary School teacher in Ekiti state for 2019-2020 academic session.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi while presenting cash and certificate of merit lauded the contributions of teachers to educational development in the state.
The award winner, Mrs. Ojo expressed profound happiness for the honour and said the award would spur her for more excellent performances as she promised to be more committed to her duty.
The Head teacher of the School, Mrs. Olubunmi Idowu said the award did not come as a surprise going by the pedigree of Mrs. Ojo and other teachers in the school.
She called on members of the public especially parents to avail their children the privilege of tapping from the fountain of knowledge in the school.
The Chairman Parent Teachers Association of the school Mr Owolabi Olumide said parents body was proud to associate with the school and the teachers saying the award has added to the good image of the school.
Meanwhile, the Provost of the College and Proprietor of the Staff School, Professor Olufemi Adeoluwa has congratulated Mrs. Rebecca Olusayo Ojo for the laudable achievement.
He described Mrs. Ojo’s feat as commendable, saying he just demonstrated the stuff she was made of as an alumnus of the College and as one of the beneficiaries of the on the job training being given to the teaching staff working with both the College of Education Staff Nursery and Primary School, and Demonstration Secondary School.
He said the emergence of Mrs. Ojo as the best teacher at the state level further attested to the fact that the College ranked among the best in Ekiti State and paraded the best brains. He also called on parents to avail their children opportunities at all the College owned schools to give their children sound education.
Mrs. Ojo, is an alumnus of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti and also bagged a Bachelor's degree in Physics Education from the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti. She joined the services of the College Staff School in 2012.

The Provost of the College, Professor Olufemi Adeoluwa , has charged the new leadership of the Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education Nigeria (SSUCOEN) Ikere-Ekiti branch to do everything possible to engender peaceful co-existence and industrial harmony in the College.
The Provost gave the charge in his congratulatory message to the newly elected officials of the Union. Professor Adeoluwa who stated that their victory at the election was a testament of their integrity and competence also urged them to see their election as a call to selfless service. He remarked that SSUCOEN has been noted for its high level of maturity and always treading the path of peace and amicable resolution of issues even in the face of provocation. He appealed to the union leaders to embrace dialogue and mutual understanding in resolving matters of general interest.
Prof. Adeoluwa reiterated the commitment of the College Management to give the welfare of members of staff the utmost priority within the confines of available resources. He further advised the union leaders to be magnanimous in victory and justify the confidence reposed in them by the congress.
The newly elected Chairman of the Union, Comrade Olusola Olowolafe acknowledged the support of the College Management towards the conduct of the election and promised to justify the confidence reposed in him. He appreciated the Provost for his open door policies and fostering new team spirit in the system.
It would be recalled that the election into the Executive Council of the Union held recently led to the emergence of Mr. Olusola Olowolafe as Chairman, Mr. Ishola Yusuff as Vice Chairman, Mr. Kolade Ariyo as Secretary, Mrs. Adejoke Aladesuru-Amuda as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Banji Akinyemi as Financial Secretary, Mrs. Bukola Oloyede as Treasurer and Mr. Adebowale Adegboye as Public Relations Officer.

The Governing Council of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti has approved the appointment of Dr. Ibitola Makinde as the Deputy Provost of the College. According to a statement by Registrar and Secretary to the Governing Council, Mr Gbenga Ojo, Makinde's appointment was approved by the Governing Council at it's meeting held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 following her election by the Academic Board in line with extant regulations.Dr. Ibitola Makinde obtained the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) from the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti in 1989 before proceeding to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she bagged a Bachelor's degree in Guidance and Counselling. She holds Master's and Doctorate degrees in Guidance and Counselling obtained from University of Ado-Ekiti now Ekiti State University. Dr. Makinde joined the services of the College as Graduate Assistant in 1998 and rose through the ranks to the position of Chief Lecturer.

 Direct newly admitted NCE and Degree students to resume on 13th January, 2020 for the 2019/2020 academic session.
  Authorities of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti have announced that the 2018/2019 2nd semester examinations would commence on onday, 6th January, 2020. According to a statement from the Office of the Registrar, all NCE and Degree students of the College should ensure that they complete their course registration procedures, pay all appropriate fees in full and obtain bursary clearance as no defaulting student would be allowed into the examination hall.
  The statement further advised students having issues or challenges with online registration or payment via the College portal to visit the College Computer Resource Centre to lodge their complaints.
  Meanwhile, all the newly admitted NCE and Degree students of the College have been directed to resume on Monday, 13th January, 2020 for the 1st semester of the 2019/2020 academic session*. A release by the Institution's Authorities enjoined all the newly admitted students to pay the prescribed fees and commence registration immediately after resumption.

 The College of Education Ikere-Ekiti has formally entered into a pact on strategic partnership with the Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.  This followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the College authorities with the Southern University, Baton Rouge Louisiana, USA as part of efforts to keep the College on the map of institutional relevance.
  A statement signed by the College spokesman, Temitope Akinbisoye said the College officials led by the Provost, Professor Mojisola Oyerekua were recently in the US to sign the MOU for the award of top-up degree in all accredited programmes from Bachelors to Doctorate levels to staff and students of the College.
 According to him, the synergistic relationship which is a watershed in the annals of the College offers plethora of benefits and opportunities to members of staff and students of the College.
 Under the agreement, the College would receive a donation of the state -of- the art multimedia E-learning management system equipment and E-library facilities from the university. The first batch of the equipment which he said had already been air-freighted is expected to arrive the College before the end of September, 2018.  This would also be followed by the commencement of online programmes in the College and creation of platforms for lecturers -students interaction beyond the classroom.  He stated that online training of academic members of staff on the optimal use of e-learning facilities, research opportunities for lecturers, students and administrators from the College were also included in the collaborative arrangement  The statement added that researchers from the College would also have the opportunity to stay at the University in USA between six and twelve months to carry out their research projects in areas mutually beneficial to the two institutions.  Other benefits include access to grants, opportunities of sabbatical appointments at Southern University for both academic and non academic staff of the College.  While urging members of staff and students to explore these opportunities to better their lots academically and professionally, he reiterated the commitment of the College Management to ensuring that the College occupied her pride of place in terms of academic excellence, innovations and scholastic industry.