Great Students of Yaba College of Technology, I greet you all and thank you for tuning in to your number one radio station.
I am Prince Lateef Fagbemi, a senior Advocate of Nigeria and the re-appionted Chaiman of Governing Council of Yaba College of Technology. First, I want to thank you for your support through the various positives activities you have embarked upon to complement your studies while here. I will also like to acknowledge that you have largely been law-abiding students; a situation that has greatly engendered peace on our campuses, thereby providing the enabling environment for our modest achievements during our first tenure; May 2017-May 2020.
Furthermore, as you would also have noticed, Management, on the approval of council renovated the students’ hostels and classrooms in appreciation of your peaceful disposition and in order to aid your learning. On behalf of the out gone council, therefore, I thank you all for your support and cooperation during my first tenure.
Today, I am happy to address you once more as your chairman of council, and, of course, on behalf of the governing council of this great college. The purpose of this address is to appreciate you and solicit for your support to continue to maintain peace on campus and concentrate on your studies during this second tenure. I urge you all to be law-abiding and adhere to the college regulations which you swore to uphold during your matriculation. Ensure that you follow or use all available channels of communication to ventilate your grievances when necessary.
Council will run an open door policy that will ensure fairness and justice to all students in addressing issues that come before it. So, be assured that council will take all necessary steps to provide a conducive and harmonious environment for learning. However, council also has zero tolerance for indiscipline and all forms of anti- social behaviors. You are, therefore advised to adopt acceptable conduct as you go through the college as students.
On the issue of students’ unionism on campus, it is undoubtedly an invaluable aspect of campus life and its importance cannot be over-emphasized in advancing the cause of the students and ensuring a vibrant College Community. We are all aware of the unfortunate events that led to the proscription of your union. I believe you would agree with me that no responsible management would allow unlawful and/or unethical behaviors on campus because of the inimical effects such actions would have on the college.
It is, however, heartwarming that things have changed for the better now, and necessary amendments are being made to your union’s Constitution in readiness for full operation soon. Furthermore, a special committee set up by the management, which includes students’ representatives is also looking into the constitution, before it is then passed to the Committee on Students’ Affairs, after which council would then give its seal of approval for full swing students’ unionism to begin. I enjoin all of you, my dear students, to be vigilant and weary of those things that led to the proscription of your union in the first place, in order to avoid a repeat of same. Once beaten, twice shy, says a popular adage.
In order to foster a much more cordial interface and to better address your concerns and complaints on matters relating to your studies and welfare on campus, I am delighted to inform you that you can now send your complaints directly to me on the following email address, stating, in concise form, your complaints, observations and/or suggestion: email@example.com. Let me assure you that, I regard all of you as critical stakeholders in this project of taking Yabatech to a higher level and I sincerely solicit your assistance in this regard. To that extent, all your complaints/observations/suggestions would be given utmost attention.
I cannot end this speech without a piece of advice to all of you. I implore you to adopt the concepts of hard work, honesty and integrity and respect for constituted authority as would-be products of this great college. May the Lord grant your desires to achieve your objectives of being in the college to become adults whose parents would be proud of and become good ambassadors of the college and nation at large. I thank you for listening.
Prince Lateef O. Fagbemi, SAN, FCI.Arb. (Uk.)
Chairman, Governing Council,