The National Commission for Colleges of Education has called for improved facility at the state -owned Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama, in Bayelsa State towards possible accreditation of the college.
Uji, emphatic on the need for government to putting in place quality facilities to enhance teaching and learning at the College; said it would invariably reflect on graduating students from the institution.
This, the Acting Director OF NCCE, Mr. Vitalis Uji said during a courtesy visit to Governor Seriake Dickson in Yenagoa.
He posited that the provisional approval that enabled the College to take off was based on an earlier verification exercise carried out on available facilities at the former site of the institution at Okpoama in Brass Local Government Area, pointing out that, the Commission cannot transfer the approval to the new site on the basis of what it verified on that campus.
Uji, however, called on the governor to provide perimeter fencing, practical workshops, a standard library, clinic and adequate academic as well as non-teaching staff for the college, stressing the importance, as it would serve as determinant for possible accreditation in their next visit to the college.
Though, the Acting Director extolled the Governor for the workdone at the new site, adding that the Art Theatre in the campus is second to none, and that federal colleges of education do not have such edifice.
In his response, Governor Dickson assured the NCCE delegation of his administration’s commitment to completing most of the ongoing projects at the institution, before the next inspection visit in spite of shortfalls in revenues accruing to the state.
The Governor explained that education occupies a pride of place in the agenda of the present administration, stressing that, the government was not only determined to making proper investments in the state-owned tertiary institutions, but re-position them to attract students and the best manpower from within and outside the state.
He said, “We take education very seriously and we are also very ambitious in terms of putting our state forward in that sector. But, as you are aware, just like what is happening at the Federal and most other states, we have a lot of funding constraints.
To this end, Dickson averred that the state college like other tertiary institutions need more capital injection; and assured that government would evolve plans towards adequate funding for the College to stand out as one of the best in the country.