Dr. Rafiu Soyele, the Deputy Provost, Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta, has been appointed Acting Provost of the institution after the expiration of the tenure of outgoing provost, Dr. Ayodele Ajayi on Wednesday.
Mr Bola Adesina, the Institutions Director of Information disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the appointment of Soyele was in line with the approval of the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
The statement further stated that the acting provost would manage the affairs of the College until the Federal Government constitutes the Governing Council for the College and a substantive provost is appointed.
“The acting provost, Soyele Rafiu Adekola PhD , has been the deputy provost of the college for over three and a half years.
“Indeed, Soyele is breaking records as the first indigene of Egbaland and the first Alumnus of the college to ever rise to this position in the history of the College since inception in 1976.
“After his first degree in English Education from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, he proceeded to the University of Lagos where he bagged his M. A. English Language before joining the services of the college as Lecturer II in 1997.
” He rose through the ranks to the enviable position of Chief Lecturer in the department of English in 2009, the very year he bagged his PhD in English (Sociolinguistics) from the great University of Ibadan.
“As a scholar, he has attended numerous local and international conferences. He has to his credit several journal articles, chapters in books and book publications. Similarly, he has been conferred with various awards and distinctions.
“Dr. Soyele is hardworking, an admirer of the young generation, a progressive, a team player, staff welfare oriented and sociable personality . He is a devouted muslim, happily married and blessed with children,” the statement read.