Gov. Obiano Supports Umunze Federal College Of Education

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has announced several support measures for the development of education in Federal College of Education, Technical, Umunze, Orumba South local government area of Anambra state.

During the 23rd Joint Convocation ceremony of the institution where governor Obiano bagged a Fellowship Award, he stated that education was a critical enabler in his administrative blueprint and would also be a tool which youths could compete favorably, globally, and all efforts would be channeled towards improving it.

He announced the immediate commencement of construction of 1.8 kilometer Boulevard leading to the institution, immediate delivery of a 32 seating capacity bus and in addition to contracting the refuse disposal of the institution to a competent private sector firm and a donation of the institution development token of 5Million Naira.

The 23rd Joint Convocation ceremony of the institution was for 2,058 graduating students for the award of the National Certificate of Education (NCE), and Professional Diploma in Education (PDE).

The academic procession was impressive as the governor also joined and added to the spectacle.

At the convocation arena, speeches from the Provost, Professor Jehoshaphat Ogbuagu and the Executive Secretary of National Commission for College of Education, Professor Babb-Aliyu Muhammadu, who represented the Minister of Education, harped on objectives of higher education in producing teachers with occupational knowledge and skills needed for teaching technology relevant to the growth of Nigeria economy.

The Governor advised the graduating students and the need for them to take up the opportunities education had provided them with.

“As you have presented your certificates, you will see where it will say that you must be found worthy in character and learning, very critical key words for your future development and for the advancement of society.”

He also contributed to the growth of the institution, “As the provost mentioned earlier that we have started work on. It is 1.8 kilometers, we will finish it and asphalt it. I have also told the Provost, although I have given you buses a couple of times to enable you to commute within this great institution, I will be giving you another 32 sitting capacity bus”.

However, the governor was then decorated with Fellowship Award of the institution which is the highest award from the College reserved exclusively for selected persons who have proved their mettle in their areas of professionalism.

The award was in recognition of his giant strides in the development of Anambra state within a short period of time.

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.

Police Beefs Up Security In Niger State Higher Institutions

PoliceIn a bid to forestall another suicide bomb attack at the Federal College of Education, Kontagora, the Niger state Police command has beefed up security in all higher institutions across the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Olushola Amore, disclosed this to journalists in Minna, the capital of Niger State.

He mentioned that henceforth students will be be thorough screened and searched before entering all the nine higher Institutions across the state.

The Police boss also used the opportunity of the briefing to warn Politicians in the state to avoid violence as the command will not tolerate such.

A female suicide bomber had blown herself up at the Federal College of Education, Kontagora, in Niger State, killing her self and  a 200-level student of the college in the incident and leaving four others injured.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack but it is believed that the terrorist group, Boko Haram, was behind it.

The group has been the mastermind of numerous attacks in northern Nigeria.

This attack came coming barely two days after a suicide bomber who disguised as a student, infiltrated the assembly ground of Government Senior Science Secondary School in Potiskum, Yobe State, and set off a bomb, killing at least 35 people.

Suicide Bomber, Student Die In Kontagora School Attack

niger_stateA female suicide bomber on Wednesday blew herself up at the Federal College of Education, Kontagora, in Niger State.

Although it was initially thought that the suicide bomber was the only one killed in the blast, it was later discovered that a 200-level student of the college also died in the incident, which has also left four others injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but it is believed that the terrorist group, Boko Haram, was behind it.

The group has been the mastermind of numerous attacks in northern Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the school has been shut down till November 24th.

This attack is coming barely two days after a suicide bomber who disguised as a student, infiltrated the assembly ground of Government Senior Science Secondary School in Potiskum, Yobe State, and set off a bomb, killing at least 35 people.

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Kano Blast: FG to Provide Security In Nigerian Institutions

fce-kano-explosionThe federal government has said it would go back to the drawing board and re-strategise towards providing additional security to 0 Nigeria’s institutions of learning.

This statement came as suspected terrorists, bombed a classroom where students were receiving lectures in the Federal College Of Education (FCE), Kano and shooting sporadically, leaving 17 dead with several others injured.

According to the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, who led federal government delegates to the Federal College of Education in Kano said it was unfortunate that innocent students have become target of insurgency in the state.

Ibrahim Shekarau who was accompanied by Senator Adamu Alero, NEMA officials and other top government functionaries said that the federal government is doing all it could to find a lasting solution to the current insurgency in the North as  he commiserated with the college and parents of the affected victims.

The minister explained  that all hands must be on deck as government would adopt new tactics in protecting the institutions of learning.

One of the surviving victims of the attack, Ahmed Ibrahim, told our correspondent that students were receiving lecture when armed men stormed their class shooting sporadically which was followed by an  explosion.

Another victim, a young boy, said he was selling sachet water at the gate when someone in black shot him in the leg.

Although there have been no report of increase in death toll , the NEMA Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Musa Ilallah said a total of 17 persons lost their lives from the attack as against 15 by the police.

The minister also commiserated with the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and paid him a visit in his palace. Meanwhile, FCE  Kano has been  temporarily shut down.

Polytechnic And University Graduates Should Be On Par — Student Leaders

ASUP COEASUThe Student Union Government Presidents of two Lagos based polytechnics, YABATECH and LASPOTECH, Babajide Salvado and Abdulkareem Yusuf, have explained why the students are in support of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP).

The student leaders were guests on Channels Television youth programme, Rubbin’ Minds, where they explained that majority of the points for which their lecturers are agitating affect the students directly.

Mr Salvado of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) decried the imbalance in the manner in which the Nigerian Government and the media gave more attention to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) during their 5-month strike in 2013, failing to give same to the Polytechnic lecturers since their struggles started in January 2014.

He also laid emphasis on the bureaucratic bottlenecks that had bedevilled the growth and development of polytechnic education for many years.

He noted that the students belief that the Polytechnic lecturers’ demands were genuine. Although he admitted that emphasis had been laid on the lecturers’ monetary demands as it concerns the payment of their arrears.

The dichotomy between the Polytechnics and the universities also came to the fore as the students insisted that there should be no reason for graduates from polytechnics and colleges of education to be treated as inferior to their counterparts from the universities.

There had been arguments in many quarters that the entry requirements of students into the universities have always been higher than what obtains in the other institutions with lower cut-off marks and as such their products could not be at par.

The student leaders unanimously condemned the view. Yusuf claimed that many Polytechnic students scored as high as the university cut-off marks and still were not offered admission into a university due to factors beyond them. Citing his school, the Lagos State Polytechnic as example, he noted that Nigerian polytechnics can boast of many intelligent products who would comfortably compete with university graduates.

Salvado also added that the students were ready to have the cut-off mark for all tertiary institutions set at parity if the discrepancies would be the basis for considering polytechnics as inferior to universities, as he was also sure that they had the technical edge in their competencies.

The Student Union Government President of the Federal College of Education, Akoka, Olusola Ogunnowo, whose lecturers under the aegis of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, have also been part of the industrial action, added that the reforms in the education sector have shown that being a teacher would no more be seen as an alternative career.

He revealed that many of his colleagues were in school not as a way out of having failed to make it into other institutions but as a form of fulfilment of their dreams to be teachers. He added that there were graduates of universities who were back in their schools in order to get certification for their dream to become lecturers, a process he claimed showed the seriousness and importance of the Colleges of Education.

The over 6 months old strike had been experiencing challenges with some schools in different parts of the country pulling out; a development that the student leaders condemned. They claimed that the disunity among the ASUP and COEASU was a product of selfishness and pursuit of personal interests.

Salvado also had tough words for the national leadership of the National Association Nigerian Students (NANS) for having failed to make a statement in solidarity with the plight of the students and their lecturers in the polytechnics and colleges of education.

He noted that the President of the NANS had been at the National Conference supposedly to represent the youth and there has been no mention of how to develop Nigerian education since the conference started.

They called on the Nigerian Government to change its attitude towards education, especially the polytechnics and colleges of education.