Dr Soyele emerges acting Provost of FCE, Abeokuta as Ajayi bows out - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Dr Soyele emerges acting Provost of FCE, Abeokuta as Ajayi bows out

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The tenure of the outgoing Provost of  Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Dr Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi has finally ended with an official handover to the Deputy Provost, Dr Rafiu Adekola Soyele as  Acting Provost in line with the approval  of the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu. 

Dr R. A. Soyele is to manage the affairs of the College as the Acting Provost until the Federal Government constitutes the Governing Council for the College and a substantive  Provost is appointed.

The Acting Provost, Soyele Rafiu Adekola PhD (FCIPDM, MNIM,) has been the Deputy Provost of the College for over three and a half years. 

Indeed, Dr 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 Ife, Dr. Rafiu Soyele proceeded to the University of Lagos where he bagged his Med Adult Educ and M. A. English Language respectively 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.
Dr Soyele has served the College in different capacities such as : Desk officer Federal Teachers Scheme , Coordinator, Center for Continuing Education and Consultancy; Head Department of English Language; pioneer Director, Centre for Advancement, Dean School of Languages,  Director, Center for Degree Programmes and currently serving as Deputy Provost.

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 quite hardworking, an admirer of the young generation, a progressive, a team player, staff welfare oriented and  sociable personality . He is a devout muslim, happily married and blessed with children.