Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, on Saturday, attended the 26th Convocation ceremony of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State.
During the ceremony, Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Honourable Emeka Nwajiuba, commissioned some executed projects of the institution.
The projects Commission include; IGR building for bakery, TETFUND 2012-2015 (MERTED) Intervention building 1, TETFUND 2012-2015 Intervention building 2, College CBT Centre two, main Campus, Piggery, Poultry, Fishery, Admin House Building, among others.
The Minister, charged the graduating students to be good ambassadors to their parent communities, states and the country at large.
He commended the Provost and the management of the College for maintaining a cordial relationship among themselves.
On her address, the Provost of the College, Dr Tessy Obumneme, urged the fresh graduates of the institution to be good ambassadors of the College in whatever capacities they may find themselves, saying they have been equipped to change society for the better.
She also encouraged the graduates to use their academic knowledge to change their living standard.
The Provost disclosed that this year, the College is graduating 1,681 students from NCE, Regular, 84 from Sandwich, 263 from CEP and 65 from Professional Diploma in Education (PDE), giving a grand total of 2,093 graduating students from the College.
She listed some of the achievement recorded so far under her watch, to include; completion of 1000 capacity Lecture Theatre, Completion of 3-floor Computer-Based Test Centre 1, Completion of 3-flood Computer-Based Test Centre 2, Completed College Bakery, Renovation of Prof. Tunde Adeniran Hostel, Construction of 220 metres of drainage with Culvert on Mean Campus, Successful accreditation of all academic Programmes of NCE, Degree and PDE programmes by the regulatory bodies- the NCCE and the TRCN respectively, Successful Revalidation of the degree programme by the NUC, Securing of 100 Zpad tablets from the Nigerian Communication Commission and the securing of 220 Laptops and Smart cards from the Nigerian Communication Commission.
Others are installation of 65 Solar Street Light, Procurement of 18-seater Toyota Hiace and procurement of 75HP Agric Tractor with one Disc Harrow, among others.
Talking about the challenges faced by the school, the Provost said the College is yet to receive its take-off grant from the Federal Government since its inception in 1990, lack of access road to College, lack of recreational facilities in the College and lack of Provost Lodge or staff quarters for workers.
She appealed to Philanthropists, corporate bodies and political office holders to immortalize their names by taking up key projects in the College.
Engr. Dr Francisca Nwafulugo, the Rector, Federal Polytechnic Oko, commended the school management for the huge success of the ceremony, describing the graduates as “the sanitisers that the society is waiting for,” admonishing them to get ready to work for the good of the country.
Other dignitaries that graced the Convocation ceremony, include; the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education, Professor Bappa-Aliyu Mohammadu, Anambra State Commissioner for Territory Education, Sally Mbanefo, represent the State governor, Willie Obiano, Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical) Omoku, Rivers state and the Anambra State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress APC, among others.
Tribune Online gathered that Miss Chineye Ezemedu, of the Department of Computer and Chemistry Education, emerged as the best graduating student.
The event was conducted inline with COVID-19 protocols.
Adamu Adamu in Anambra, for Federal College of Education Convocation