Our History OLDAugust 28, 2022 2022-09-03 14:33
Our History OLD
(a) Brief History of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED)
(b) Brief History of Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED)
The Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Noforija, Epe, was established by the Lagos State Government in December, 1994, as Lagos State College of Primary Education (LACOPED), Noforija, Epe. The establishment was pursuant to the then National Policy on Education, which inter alia, requires the National Certificate in Education (NCE) as the basic (minimum) qualification for teaching in Nigeria by the year 2000. More importantly there was need to provide functional and qualitative education predicated upon well trained and sound professional manpower to the citizenry of the state.
Generally, the Lagos State College of Primary Education was established for pre-service and in- service training and certification of graduates for all levels of Basic School system. Specifically, the College is to prepare and produce pre-service subject specialist for lower, middle and upper basic (formerly primary and junior secondary) education levels. This is in contrast to the generalist subject teachers produced by conventional Colleges of Education.
The College began formal activities on December 1, 1994 at the Government Guest House, Epe with the appointment of the first Council, Provost, and three other Principal Officers by the Provisional Governing Council. The College was renamed Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED) in April 2007 in honour of a former governor of the state, Sir Michael Agbolade Otedola, under whose administration the institution was established. And Dr. Nosiru Olajide Onibon (Associate Professor) is the current Provost of the institution. The inaugural Provost of the College was then Dr. (later Prof.) Tunde Samuel, followed by Mr. K.O. Ekemode, Mr. W. Amisu (as College Administrator), Prof. A.O.A. Oguntoye, Dr O.O. Oshodi (in Acting Capacity), Dr. (later Prof.) Olu Akeusola, Dr. S.A. Popoola (in Acting Capacity) and Associate Prof. Nosiru Olajide Onibon, who is the incumbent Provost.
The Institution is sited in the town of Noforija in Eredo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State (carved out of Epe Local Government Area) Noforija is about 7 kilometers north of Epe town and 28 kilometers south of Ijebu Ode town in neighbouring Ogun State. The College is along a major interstate link road called Epe – Ijebu ode Expressway which is a direct route to most of the southwestern states (Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States) as well as Edo, Delta and Kwara States in the South – South and North Central geopolitical zones. This location and links put the College in a vantage position to access candidates and people in at least three (3) major geopolitical zones of South West, South – South and North Central parts of the country.
The institution began its academic programmes in May, 1995 with eighty-two (82) pioneering students in three PRE-NCE programmes and less than 100 academic and non-academic staff. However, regular academic activities for the NCE programmes began in November 1995 with one hundred and eighty-two (182) students, after extensive consultation with the relevant regulatory body – National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). The College activities are being consistently guided by the enabling (edict) law, conditions of service for Junior and Senior Staff and the College Master Plan, among other statutory documents which subsequently came into operations. As at the year 2020, total student enrolment in the College programmes is about 4,000, which are drawn from across the various states in Nigeria. Presently, the College runs National Certificate in Education programme and is in affiliation with Universities of Ibadan and Ekiti State University for Degree programmes in Education. The College graduated its first set of NCE graduates in 1998 and since then till December, 2019, it has produced over 25, 000 alumni in both the regular, part-time and affiliate programmes, many of whom occupy important positions in the public and the private sectors of the nation.
Currently, the College occupies a land area of eighty eight (88) hectares and has six (6) Schools, and twenty-three (23) Academic Departments. It also has over seven Directorates, a School of Remedial Studies, an International Secondary School, a Primary School, and Consultancy outfits that provide a variety of services. It has a total staff population of 438 with academic staff constituting about 150.
Since the College’s inception 27 years ago, it has, maximized every opportunity afforded by the State government and other stakeholders to meet necessary developmental needs in the realization of its trifocal functions of production of high-quality graduates, research and community service. Therefore, it is not surprising that from a modest beginning 27 years ago, MOCPED has been transformed into a primus inter pares in the committee of Colleges of Education in Nigeria.