CYNTHIA CHIDINMA IGBOKWE writes that the first internal Provost of Federal College of Education ( Technical), Umunze, Dr Mrs Tessy Okoli has received the new students of the College 2018/2019 Academic year during the 30th NCE, 8th Degree and PDE joint matriculation excise for newly admitted students of the college in grand style.
Dr Mrs Okoli warned the students to desist from all forms of cultism since there is no room for cultism, examination malpractices, indecency and all forms of unruly behaviours by students in the college.
The Provost who addressed a Press conference shortly after the Matriculation said her appointment as first internal Provost of the College brought relief to the College community adding that she has served in various capacities in the college in the last 26 years she joined the College.
She said staff welfare would be her priority since a motivated workforce is for a better and effective service delivery. She said the college would not abandon its core mandate which is the NCE as over 1000 were admitted into NCE this session.
At the press briefing , the Digital Provost and a future Vice Chancellor informed that JAMB has approved the College as a Center of Excellence for JAMB Computer Based Test (CBT) center for UME exams. The center according to the Provost would complement the College Micro Teaching Lab to train students on ICT tools. She said the college has an E-library with over 10 Million e-book resource.
Contributing, the Chairman, FCE (T) Umunze Governing Council, Hon Philips Shekwo lauded the strides by the new Provost , Dr Mrs Tessy Okoli in her short time in office describing her as an amazon in tertiary education management and administration hence the Council has promised her to do everything possible to support her achieve her lofty dreams.
Still speaking at the matriculation, she stressed that the college has maintained a rigid policy against students’ cultism even as offenders face outright expulsion and prosecution by the relevant authorities.
She further advised students to face their studies diligently as fresh entrants into the system and desist from any association with notorious groups that would jeopardize their future. Stating further that her commitment is to enthrone sanity and crime-free campus as her expectation is to maintain and not hurt the peace of the institution.
Dr. Tessy however, encouraged students to face their studies seriously as their primary objective for being in the college.
Her words: “This college is guided by professional conduct geared towards academic excellence. Henceforth, 75 percent attendance to lecture by students is mandatory for all courses offered in the college.
“Students who play truancy during lectures would have themselves to blame.your primary object for being in this college is to learn and not to derail your ambition by engaging in activities that would not add any value to your life.
“Tertiary institutions are not cities of pleasure, as erroneously believed by some students. Most students in the tertiary institution are guilty of poor time management. I encourage you to be wise and form study groups and associate yourself with friends that would impact positively on your chosen career. Do not allow negative peer influence to steer you off track. Remain focused on your studies and you will surely achieve success.
“The college frowns at the sad development where young ladies live together with male students in off campus residential areas. We must put a stop to cohabitation of male and female students, since it encourages immorality and constitutes a distraction to academic work. The college has good and spacious hostel accommodation for students where surveillance and security is guaranteed.
“We do not tolerate bribe-for-marks, often called ‘sorting’. We do not tolerate any form of indecent harassment of students. I implore lecturers and students to apply their hearts unto wisdom and avoid the pursuit of vanities that will only bring misery and regrets at the end”.
The provost stressed that the college lay more emphasis on entrepreneurship, ICT, technical and vocational skills which have continued to attract the required commendation and patronage. She said the initiatives were introduced to equip students with employable skills that would make them job creators on completion of their various programmes in the college.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Joseph E. Ahaneku, thanked the entire management of the college for the good work they have been doing.
Ahaneku, represented by the Dean, Faculty of Education, UNIZIK, Prof. Nkechi Esomonu, reminded the students that one of the things that makes Nnamdi Azikiwe University tick is her excellence in almost everything. He however advised students to participate actively in everything required to do in school to be successful.
He maintained that the students belong to Nnamdi Azikiwe University having found the college good enough to host the students of UNIZIK. He further stressed that UNIZIK supervises the teaching at the college as well as moderate their exam questions and degree results.
Also speaking, Executive secretary of the National commission for colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu charged the students to take their studies seriously as they are the leaders of tomorrow.