By Tare Youdeowei
THE National Association of Oduduwa Students (NAOS), an umbrella body for all Yoruba students nationwide and in the Diaspora, recently visited the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State to confer an award of Icon of Integrity and Agent of Educational Development on the Provost, Prof Josephat Ogbuagu, MINI.
According to the group, the award was in recognition of the infrastructural development recorded in his administration and the successful elevation of the College to a degree awarding institution.
Meticulous screening exercise
Presenting the award, the leader of the association and a student of the University of Ibadan, Adekunle Michael Adeniyi, said Prof Ogbuagu was chosen after a meticulous screening exercise of several public office holders.
He said “The development in infrastructure and academic programme in FCET, Umunze has improved the rating of the institution as the fastest growing College of Education in the country. The award is a humble recognition of Ogbuagu’s exemplary leadership in the College that has greatly improved its fortunes and enhanced the quality of vocational and technical teachers.
“We also commended the Provost for quietly utilizing his office to train a large number of middle level manpower needed in the nation’s education system.”
Adeniyi explained that the uninterrupted academic calendar in the College for the past seven years of Ogbuagu administration brought stability in the system and allowed students to graduate on record time.
He maintained that the College has become a reference point among tertiary institutions in the country in the area of peaceful relationship among students and staff.
Adeniyi observed that the facility upgrade of the college through information and communication revolution, construction of modern library complex, micro-teaching laboratory, lecture theatres and auditorium, movement to the permanent site, ongoing administration building, among others had turned the College to a centre of excellence.
He said the introduction of degree programme in FCET Umunze, in affiliation with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University had been successfully accredited by the regulatory body, thereby increasing students enrollment in the area.
While receiving the award, the Provost expressed surprise that such recognition came all the way from the South West and thanked the students for the gesture.