Nsugbe (Anambra)- No fewer than 2, 200 graduates of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, in Anambra have been awarded the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and Professional Diploma in Education (PDE).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the certificates were awarded to those who graduated between 2010 and 2013 academic sessions.
Addressing the graduands at the 16th convocation ceremony of the institution at Nsugbe on Friday, Gov. Willie Obiano promised to improve the educational infrastructure as well as the welfare of lecturers and students in the state.
“The government of Anambra will tackle education in three major areas; infrastructure development, teachers’ and students’ welfare.
“That is why we are rebuilding hundreds of blocks of classrooms across the three senatorial zones and equipping them with computers and other teaching aids.
“We are finalizing plans to ensure that teachers in the state gain access to capacity building opportunities that will help them upgrade their knowledge base, starting soon with capacity training for technical teachers in Singapore.
“We have also commenced the payment of special salaries to teachers teaching in remote areas as well as those teaching core subjects.
“In the area of students’ welfare, we have made education free for all the physically challenged persons and also considering paying a certain amount as bursary and scholarship programme to alleviate the plights of students in the state,” he said.
In her remark, the Provost of the College, Dr Ego Uzoezie, said that the College had initiated a number of revenue generating projects like Radio Programme, farming, ICT and petrol filling station ventures to improve the institution’s revenue.
Uzoezie however appealed to the state government to look into the possibility of improving salary structure of lecturers, upgrading the College to a University as well as to reconsider the retirement age of staff.
She advised the graduates to be good ambassadors of the College and create employment for themselves where they could not get jobs.
The Provost also solicited the assistance of government, corporate organisations and private individuals to enable the institution to provide favourable environment for fruitful academic work. (NAN)