FG Commits To Improving Education System For Nigeria’s Development

universityThe Nigerian government has assured citizens of its unwavering commitment to ensuring that education gets necessary attention to ensure it aids human civilization and development.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, gave the government’s position at the 26th Convocation Ceremony of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education in Owerri, the capital of Imo state.

Professor Anwuka said the administration of Muhammadu Buhari would revolutionise the education sector, emphasising that the government is looking up to professional institutions like colleges of education to actualise the vision.

“The government will continue to support worthy programmes, improve infrastructure, perfect value adding policies and encourage continual staff development.

“Let me assure you that the Federal Government remains unwavering in its unalloyed commitment to ensuring that education occupies the pride of place as a vital sector of human civilization.

“And to this end I wish to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of colleges of education to our national goals and aspirations,” he stressed.

On The Path Of Success

The minister also disclosed that the Federal Government was looking to raise the profile of teachers and placing high value on the teaching profession.

He said it would be achieved by strengthening the relevant agencies to ensure delivery on this mandate as well as providing the platform for exchange of good practices to enhance the contribution towards national development.

“I therefore congratulate all of you for your success in your various programmes and urge you to translate this success positively on younger generations. The professional teacher certificate and diplomas are key to teacher development at this stage in our national life and the need for quality education is even more urgent,” the minister told the graduating students.

On her part, the Provost of the institution, Mrs Blessing Ijioma, commended the Federal Government for their contributions to the development and growth of the renowned academic institution.

“The Federal Government’s TETFUND project and Ecological fund have no doubt paved way for giant strides in infrastructure and facility development in the Centre.

“I believe the Alvan students of today are better off than their recent predecessors. The facility they study in are one of the best in the country. They have quality and highly motivated lecturers and the environment is progressively conducive for learning. This assertion is evident in the high number of students who now apply for a place in our college,” she told the gathering.

While advising the graduating students, she said “I call on today’s graduands to move into the world with confidence and boldness. The education you received here is guaranteed to make you deploy your mind and God given talents positively. This will launch you on the path of success. Also remember to keep your eyes open for opportunities in small and medium enterprises sector, agriculture and information technology for these are areas of great opportunities for the future in Nigeria, beyond the sky is your limit”.

Alvan Ikoku College of Education celebrated her 26th Convocation Ceremony for the three cohorts, 2014, 2015 and 2016 graduands of Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) and the conferment of fellowship.

The College, which believes in the reward for academic and excellent hard work, recognised and awarded Mrs Iheonu Nneka the best graduating student, for Professional Diplomatic in Education in the 2014/2015 set while Miss Egesi Amarachi got the award for the best graduating student of Nigeria Certification of Education.

Alvan Ikoku University Status: Imo House Appeal For Reversal

alvan ikokuReactions have continued to trail the reversal of the University status given to the Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri by the Federal Government.

During a plenary session of the Imo State House of Assembly, the members appealed to the federal government not to shortchange the school’s university status  by the immediate past government of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan knowing well that the institution has all it takes to be a university.

Speaking on a motion moved by a member representing Ikeduru State Constituency and Chairman House Committee on Education, Hon. Uche Oguwuike, the motion rejected the move by the Federal Government to reverse the status of the University of Education to a College of Education.

The motion which was supported by majority of the State Lawmakers also mandated the Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha to lead a high powered delegation to interface with President Muhammadu Buhari-led government and the Federal Ministry of Education to see how this issue can be resolved as soon as possible and ensure that the school maintains its university status.

FEC Upgrades 4 Colleges Of Education To Universities

FEC upgrades 4 colleges to universitiesThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Nigeria has approved the conversion of four Federal Colleges of Education to full fledged universities.

The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, who briefed State House Correspondents after the meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, listed the Colleges that have been upgraded.

They are Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo (now Adeyemi University of Education, Ondo); Federal College of Education, Zaria (now Federal University of Education, Zaria); Federal College of Education, Kano (now Federal University of Education, Kano); and Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri (now Alvan Ikoku University of Education, Owerri).

Mr Shekara also said that the Colleges were part of the 21 Federal Colleges of Education that had been awarding degree programmes in the last three decades under the close supervision of the different universities they were affiliated to.

The council also approved the establishment of the Federal University of Health Sciences in Otukpo, Benue State.

Until the approval, the university was said to be the College of Medical Health Sciences, under the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.