By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA — THE introduction of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, had given a great boost to the development of infrastructure in the country’s tertiary institutions, the provost of the Anambra State –owned Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, NOCEN, Dr. Ego Uzoezie has observed. Elated Uzoezie, who recently marked her one year in office as the provost of the institution, observed that TETFUND has proved to be a veritable tool for the advancement of quality education in the country.
Indeed, before the intervention of TETFUND, in which COCEN has been one of the beneficiaries, the Nsugbe College of Education was a glorified secondary school. However, since the assistance came, the institution has been transformed. Uzoezie said: “TETFUND Intervention projects have contributed immensely in entrenching quality teaching and learning in our school by providing necessary infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities.
“Among TETFUND intervention projects enjoyed by this institution include the provision of science equipment and three 32 -seater buses, construction of staff office and classroom blocks and provision of a generator house, as well as the construction and equipment of a modern micro-teaching laboratory and provision of a 500KVA generator that powers the whole college community.
“Other TETFUND projects include the provision of boreholes, installation of standing fans in the college lecture halls, provision of computer tables for the college JAMB examination hall in the Afri-hub building, and installation of central air conditioners, as well as the establishment of library for biology and mathematics departments.” According to her, the successes recorded in the institution in the last one year could not have been possible without the cordial relationship between her college and Anambra State government, which led to the disappearance of the apparent disunity that tended to fragment the college community into conflicting groups.
“The conducive atmosphere has given room to peaceful co-existence, healthy co-operation, interaction, and the harmonious relationship between the host community, Nsugbe and the college,” she added.
While describing education as one of the most important instruments of excellence for the sustainable growth of any nation, Uzoezie extolled the commitment of governments at all levels to eradicate unemployment through the establishment of vocational and technical education and the development of skill acquisition centre’s to produce self-reliant graduates who will set up their own business, to help reduce unemployment and enhance the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs, which significantly contribute towards nation building.
The provost noted that under her leadership, there has been remarkable improvement in staff welfare, as well as increase in the number of graduates produced in the institution and in the number of students’ intakes and noticeable improvement in staff strength and in human capacity development. For the coming years, Uzoezie said the target would be to reposition the college as a catalyst for the development of Anambra State and as a strategic partner to the state government in meeting good governance needs.
Ultimately, she added, the plan is to transform the institution into a University of Education, as well as improve strategies to increase students’ enrolment to meet the teaching needs of the state. As part of activities to mark the one year anniversary, the provost commissioned some projects, including the lecturers’ offices and lecture halls.