The Management of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and the General Assembly of Administrative and Executive Officers gave a befitting send forth to Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olufunmilola Amodu, the Immediate Past College Secretary on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in the Old Great Hall.
In his speech, the College Secretary, Oladejo Azeez Esq., described Mrs. Amodu as an authority in University Administration, stating that the occasion is for celebrating excellence and dedicated to duty. According to him, Mrs. Amodu as an astute administrator has of mentored so many of her subordinates such as the current Registrar of the University, Dr. (Mrs.) T. F. Ipaye , himself, Mr. G.K. Ajunwa, Retired Deputy College Secretary (Academic Staff Unit) and a host of others. He noted that Mrs Amodu was humane, highly focused and a great listener who was excellent in the Administration of the College and compromised in Staff recruitment and Students admission. He described Mrs. Amodu as an epitome of wisdom, modesty and kindness who laid the foundation for the University E-administration.
Encomiums were also poured on Mrs. O. O. Amodu by the Deans, Prof. A. O. Magbagbeola, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Prof. J. D. Adeyemi, Faculty of Clinical Sciences; Professor O. O. Sofola, Faculty of Dental Sciences; Mrs. M. O. Bolarinwa, Ag. Medical Librarian; Mrs. A. M. Farayola; Chief Accountant representing Mr. S. A. Akinade, Ag. Director of Finance and many more.
In his remark, the Deputy Provost Prof. S.R.A. Akinbo said that for Mrs. O. O. Amodu being honoured at the end of her meritorious service to the University connotes that the end of journey is better than the beginning and the success of a secret achiever like Mrs. Amodu does not make noise. He noted that she has put a lot in the service of the College having served for almost 40 years but amazingly she is still looking elegant due to the grace of God in her life.
In his remark, Professor F.E.A. Lesi, the Provost declared that we have come to celebrate an Icon and a woman who have pedigree and a distinguished administrator. He added that Mrs. O. O. Amodu is a repository of Administrative knowledge noting that the success of any Provost depends on the quality of the Administrative Officers that surrounds that Provost, which Mrs. Amodu as a woman of dignity and humility had served under several Provosts during her tenure. He affirmed that the College administration will miss her Administrative sagacity, integrity and intelligences. He said that he is proud of the former College Secretary and grateful for the support that College got when she was Director in the Vice Chancellor’s Office before her retirement and appreciated her contribution to the growth of the College having left a legacy of a true leader and not a boss.
In her response, Mrs. O. O. Amodu gave an “Administrative Charge” to the Administrators stating that: she was mentored by officers she met in the system and thankful to God for her tenure as College Secretary and served the College for 40 years as an administrator. She enjoined the Administrators to study the System by always studying old files in their custody.
According to her, it is by studying the System, laws and regulations as well as going through old files that one will see how it was done and this made her succeed. She noted that one can make changes without causing total collapse of the system. She said that she have to accept responsibility when she was in charge to make a success of what had been given to her to do, noting that those people she worked with saw that in her.
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Provost, Professor S.R.A. Akinbo; College Secretary, Oladejo Azeez Esq.; Dean, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Professor O.O. Sofola; Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Professor J.D. Adeyemi; Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Professor O. A. Magbagbeola; Director, Students Affairs, Professor M. O. Ogunlewe; Mrs. Farayola, Chief Accountant representing Ag. Director of Finance, Mr. S. A. Akinade; Ag. Medical Librarian, Mrs. O. M. Bolarinwa among others.