College of Education, Ikere Ekiti

Profile of Gbenga Olurotimi Ojo - Registrar

Gbenga Olurotimi Ojo, a seasoned Administrator and Management Consultant, with flair for strategic management and journalism was born on 5th May, 1965 at Oye Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State. He had his elementary education at United Primary School, Oye Ekiti and St. David's Primary School, Oke ljebu, Akure, Ondo State before proceeding to Notre Dame College, Usi Ekiti between 1977 and 1982 for his secondary school education. He later proceeded to the prestigious University of Ibadan, in 1984 and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 1987. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism of the International Institute of Journalism, Abuja. He also holds a Certificate in Mass Communication and Speech Writing of the University of Lagos, Lagos. He obtained a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Planning from the University of Calabar, in 2007.

Recognizing the need to keep abreast of trends in modern techniques, he obtained a Certificate in Computer Application and Internet Literacy from the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Certified Institute of Management, Institute of Corporate Administration and Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management. He is also a member of the Certified Board of Administrators of Nigeria and the Association of University Administrators (AUA) based in United Kingdom.

He joined the services of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti in 1988 as an Administrative Officer II and by dint of hardwork, rose through the ranks to the position of a Deputy Registrar on October 1, 2005. In the course of his career and tour of duty in the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, spanning over twenty eight (28) years so far, he has traversed all the various divisions that make up the College Registry, mostly in headship capacity thereby distinguishing himself as an astute administrator. He is full of initiatives, drives and certainly one of the finest breeds to have emerged from the administrative minefield. No wonder, history was made on Thursday, May 24, 2012 when he became the first internal candidate to be appointed a substantive Registrar of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti.

A striking attribute of this administrator per excellence, is his passion to assist the down trodden in the society. It is on good records, that he has been providing exercise books for Primary Schools pupils in his native town, Oye Ekiti for the past five years. Plans are in the pipeline to give this laudable gesture an international coloration as he is already discussing with a non governmental organisation in Germany on the possibility of rendering assistance to the widows, down trodden, indigent students and other dis-advantaged people in the society. This erudite administrator, being a philanthropist, has for the past six years been granting scholarship to indigent students particularly from his Local Government within and outside the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti.

Aside his official calling, widely travelled Gbenga has been of immense and invaluable services to humanity and his native community, Oye-Ekiti. He is a patron to so many clubs, groups and societies, among which are the Federation of Oye Students' Union; Oye Students' Union, College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti Chapter, Oye Ekiti Students' Union, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti Chapter; Oye Students' Union, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti Chapter and Oye Ekiti Youths to mention a few. He was the National Secretary, Oye Progressive Union between 2004 and 2006; Member, Board of Trustees, Shekinah Assembly, Ado Ekiti, and Chairman, Men, Shekinah Assembly, Ado Ekiti. He is currently the Branch Chairman, University of Ibadan, Alumni Association, Ikere Ekiti.

He has attended and presented papers at many workshops and seminars within and outside Nigeria and has been of immense services to the College and the Society at large, winning accolades and merit awards in the process. They include among others too numerous to mention: an Award of Recognition as Illustrious Son of Oye Ekiti; a Merit Award by Idofin Youth Association, Oye Ekiti; an Award of Merit as Distinguished Alumnus of Notre Dame College, Usi Ekiti (2013); an Eminent Role Model Award by National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN); 2012 African AGE International Academics Awards for Excellence by Age International Magazine (2012); Leadership (2012)Merit Award in Administration (Boodag); a Platinum Award for Academic Excellence (2013); Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Ibadan (2013); Prestigious Award of An Administrator per Excellence by the National Executive of Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria, SSUCOEN (2015); Most Influential and Outstanding Personality in NASU College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti Award by the Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU (March 2016), an Award of honour by the Ekiti State Trade Union Congress (May 2016) and Award of honour by the Association of the Women in Colleges of Education (WICE), 2016.

It is worthy of note that the three recent awards given to him by SSUCOEN, NASU and TUC have distinguished him as the best Registrar in all Colleges of Education in Nigeria (Federal and State). These National recognitions have earned him and College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti respect and honour. Judging from all standpoints, the retinue of awards in his kitty gives an incontrovertible exception to the popular mantra that "a prophet is not honoured in his town". Gbenga Ojo swims in the pool of encomiums and accolades deservedly accorded him from within his work environment, hometown and beyond. His credentials are impressively tall and prepossessing as he is constantly celebrated for his intellectual and management apotheosis.

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