Photo: Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe (NOCEN)
Gov Willie Obiano has disclosed ongoing plans to elevate the state-owned Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe(NOCEN) in Anambra East council area of the state to a full University of Education.
The Governor disclosed this during the 23rd Convocation ceremony of the Federal College of Education, Technical, Umunze, Orumba South Council of the state where he was honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the institution at the weekend.
This was coming few weeks after the state government confirmed having perfected all relevant documentation to the Federal Ministry of Education to facilitate the full conversion and accreditation of the state’s College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu to a Polytechnic.
Obiano had disclosed this last month when he received the Minister of State for Education, Prof Tony Anwuka who paid him a courtesy visit at the State government house in Awka for the just ended Joint Consultative Committee on Education, (JCCE).
JCCE is a weeklong event that attracted delegates from the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory,(FCT) Abuja.
He revealed that his administration had earlier in the year converted the College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu to a Polytechnic.
He explained that the upgrade is in line with his administration’s policy on repositioning the State’s education sector to provide students with quality training and life-sustaining skills.
He stated that through qualitative education which the citadel of learning would offer, their graduates would become entrepreneurs with the capacity to add value and to contribute their quota towards the development of the state, the nation and humanity at large.
Gov Obiano ascertained that this would consequently reduce the heavy dependence by graduates on government to provide jobs as well as creating the opportunity for the ingenuity and latent talents of Ndi Anambra to find full expression.
He commended the Provost of the College, Prof Josephat Ogbuagu for the uncommon transformation he has brought to the school, adding that the College constitutes a viable partner in the training of mid-level technical manpower required for the effective functioning of the numerous agro-investments and industries that are coming up in their numbers in the state.
He assured that his administration would continue to assist the College as resources permit. He was decorated with the Fellowship Award of the College at the ceremony.
The Provost expressed his gratitude and eulogized the governor’s outstanding achievements and performance as well as congratulated him the on the award, pointing out that it was in recognition of his laudable achievements in the state as well as his contributions towards the growth of the college.