By Gabriel Chy Alonta
Former provost, Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Anambra state, Prof. Josephat Ogbuagu, has expressed confidence in the ability of his successor, Dr. Tessy Okoli, to take the college to new heights.
Ogbuagu who gave the assurance during the recent sendoff ceremony organised in his honour by the 6th Governing Council and management of the college, stressed that Okoli’s over 25-year working experience in the college had placed her on a good pedestal to drive transformation and development in the institution.
According to him, the new provost had proved her mettle in the college as a reputable scholar, whose academic pedigree and contributions encouraged the growth of the institution. He thanked the council and management team for according him a good working relationship throughout his tenure and urged them to extend the same support to his successor.
In a remark, the chairman, College Governing Council, Hon. Philips Shekwo, described leadership as a sacrifice. He lauded Prof. Ogbuagu for his visionary leadership that raised the stakes in the college and wished him well in his future endeavours.
He promised that the present college management would continue to consolidate on the gains of the previous administration and solicited for partnership with all stakeholders to achieve a common goal of repositioning the college.
Shekwo explained that the appointment of the college management members came with enormous responsibility, pledging that they would continue to harness skillful potential and stimulate policies that would move the college forward.
Also speaking, the provost, Okoli said her predecessor, Prof. Ogbuagu, left indelible legacies in the college. She commended him for various infrastructural and academic developments in the college, including midwifing the commencement of a degree programme in affiliation with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
She promised that the door of the college would always remain open for him, and prayed God to elevate him to greater heights.
The registrar of the college, Augustine Udensi, while recounting out-gone provost’s achievements in the college, described him as a workaholic and a priceless gift to the college.
Earlier, Sir Jonathan Achumie, NCCE representatives in the council, described the former provost as an amiable man. He recalled how he courageously moved the college from its temporary site to the permanent site, describing it as a great feat in the history of the college.
The deputy provost, Dr. Christopher Ugwuogo, commended the council and management of the college for honouring the former provost. He applauded the cordial relationship in the college, and promised that the present administration would continue to work in close partnership with key stakeholders to achieve her desired goals and objectives.
The event was also attended by other members of the college council, Mrs. Lilian Haruna representing the Federal Ministry of Education, Chief Jonathan Achumie, representing the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Barrister Ibrahim Abdu Radda, Hon Uche Anakor; Mr. Doifie Bourkoribo, Engr. Edmond Nkalu, Mrs. Laeticia Okoli, Dr. Jane Madichie and Dr. A.T Nwamaradi. Also present were other principal officers of the college, including the bursar, Sir Patrick Omile, and the librarian, Dr. Adolphus Ugwuanyi.