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.