By IKENNA ASOMBA
The National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, has commended the Lagos State Government and management of Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, MOCPED, Noforija, Lagos, for the monumental development, proper funding and management of the college.
This commendation was given by Acting Director, Department of Academic Programmes, NCCE, Dr. Muhammed Sanni Aliyu, recently when he led his team to the accreditation of the college’s 23 courses.
He said that the state government has shown reasonable interest in the funding of the college and other educational institutions in the state, adding that what is found in the college in terms of infrastructure and facilities may not be found in many state universities.
Aliyu also commended the college’s management for prudent management of funds released to them, saying that if funds were not judiciously managed, the state government would not have continued to give enough to run the college.
Inaugurating the team of panelists before embarking on the accreditation exercise, Aliyu charged them to discharge their duties without fear or favour, as the exercise was to enable the college know their areas of strength and weakness.
“After going round, the NCCE Accreditation team discovered that the strengths observed by them outweighed the observed weaknesses. The staff and students of the college are eager to learn, peaceful and matured.”
In the area of weaknesses, Aliyu advised the college to acquire a bigger power generating set to power its newly acquired equipment, and embark on massive publicity to boost student enrollment, especially into departments with low enrolment.
Welcoming the NCCE team, the Provost, MOCPED, Professor Olu Akeusola, stated that the college was determined to ensure quality students are graduated from the college in their academic programmes.
Commending Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola for his unflinching moral and financial support to the college and education in Lagos State, Akeusola assured that the college would continue to be transparent, adhere to the culture of good governance and raise the bar of academic standard so that graduates of the college will key into the institution’s dictum that says “Certificates are awarded to students after finding them worthy both in learning and in character.”
He noted that the management as well as the staff of the institution are working round the clock to develop the college so that government’s aim of producing professional teachers who will teach at the primary education level would be realised.