It was a flurry of commendations as Mrs Biekoroma Amapakabo bows out of YABATECH. The Registrar was higly commended as she left the institution’s service.
According to guests and well-wishers present at the valedictory in her honour, Amapakabo, who had served the college for 10 years, left the institution intact.
Dr Margaret Ladipo, Rector of the college in a remark at the event which held at the Multipurpose Hall, expressed gratitude to God Almighty for her tenure at the institution.
The Rector said: “To our out-going Registrar, there is no word, however, pronounced or expressed that can show our sincere gratitude. We appreciate the service you have provided for us all through your tenure. Although the journey was not all that smooth, we thank God for seeing you through. I wish you the best in your continued journey and I pray that God keeps up your good work.”
Speaking on the theme of the lecture as part of the valedictory in her honour, the Rector described its theme; “Leadership: Trends, Strengths and Dynamics in Tertiary Institutions” as relevant, saying that it underscored the importance and role of good leadership in tertiary institutions.
She defined leadership from a general perspective, as “The art of leading and motivating a group of people in an organization towards achieving a common goal. It is the ability of an individual or a group of individuals to influence and guide others. It requires a balance of certain immutable traits.”
Ladipo listed the traits of leadership to include: Integrity, inspiration, inclusiveness, authenticity and transparency and emphasised that leadership must be accountable and provide clarity on decisions and actions amongst others.
Also, she said there must be an inspiration, explaining that “Leaders must bring people together from different backgrounds and points of view to create equal opportunities,” adding that there should be inclusive.”
Guest lecturer; Dr. Taiwo Ipaye, Registrar and Secretary to council, University of Lagos (UNILAG), who gave a distinction between the “Command and Control Leadership system and Transactional-Transformational Leadership, tasked leaders in tertiary institutions to ensure that set goals, vision and mission, as well as strategic plans, are vigorously pursued and achieved.
She said the Transactional-Transformational Leadership system was better because “Followers are influenced; decisions are reached through conversation; there is a partnership, support and collaboration; information is shared for development; the team takes responsibility and institutional loyalty is fostered.”
Ipaye enumerated challenges tertiary institutions experience to include particularly “funding, the growing debate for fee payment, inadequate space for students, admission and government regulations, brain drain/staff mobility, corruption and attitudinal problems, among others.