TRIBUTE TO MY RECTOR:
My brother as I call you, the news of your demise came as a rude shock. I reached out to your wife on June 24th to invite both of you to my Zoom 70th Birthday. Unknown that you were sick I requested her to tell you I want to feel you on WhatsApp even if we don’t see and she said okay. What can I say! My last memory of you encompassed everything you were to me humility personified, practical generosity, respect and appreciation of hard work and professionalism as well as a peace maker. Many will be surprised at my Tribute as our relationship started on a sour note. You went out of your way to make peace with me. I saw your good side when you became the Rector, you ensured my acting appointment was confirmed and created a conducive working environment for me. You gave me due respect and made sure I enjoyed the benefits of my office. There was hardly any request I made for myself or Registry staff that you did not grant. You gave me the opportunity to attend Conferences/Workshops of Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) in Kenya and Swaziland with attendant benefits. You spoke highly of me that at the end of my tenure as Registrar, the Council approved your recommendation and appointed me as the first Director, Special Duties in the College. With appreciation I recall the respect you always accord my husband and your travelling to Ede, Osun State to attend the Burial of my in-law in addition to the cash gift. As time went on we knew each other better that we call each other brother and sister. I am eternally grateful to you for giving me a soft landing at the end of my tenure as Registrar. I was looking forward to seeing you again and now this, God knows best. You made sure I will not forget you by passing on my birthday. My sincerest condolences and prayers go to the wife, children and the entire family. May the Lord grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.