Benue Assembly urges COE Katsina-Ala to expedite action on award of degrees




MAKURDI – The Benue State House of Assembly has called on the management of the College of Education in Katsina-Ala to expedite action on the recommencement of its Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) programmes.

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The legislative body made this call on Wednesday in Makurdi during plenary, after debating part of the report of its Committee on Education.

In a lead debate, the committee’s Chairman, Mr Olofu Ogwuche, informed the house that the National Council of Colleges of Education (NCCE) has permitted the college to recommence its B. Ed programmes.

The college was awarding B. Ed degrees in the late 1980s before it was advised to stop.

Ogwuche said the committee, during its visit to the college, discovered that the college’s host community was still demanding compensation after it had collected its full compensation from the state government.

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He also said the community was agitating for more employment opportunities in the college.

“Its members have kept on disturbing the college management for additional corporate responsibilities, after much had been done for them,’’ the legislator said.

He said it was rather unfortunate that the college, since inception in 1976, was yet to be connected to the public power supply and water.

Ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Dr Stephen Onmeje, who presided over the session, urged the community to refrain from a continuous agitation for compensation.

“Full compensation has been paid to the community a long time ago,’’ he said.

Onmeje also urged the state’s Ministry of Works and Transport to construct access roads in the college’s host community.

He further urged the state’s ministries of Water Resources and Rural Development and Co-operatives to extend water and electricity supply to the college in no distant time.(NAN)

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