By O’star Eze
Following complaints of encroachment on the land of Nwafor Orizu College of Education (NOCEN), Nsugbe, Anambra East Local Government Area by some unknown individuals, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has approved the construction of perimeter fencing of the college property.
He disclosed this during the 19th convocation of NOCEN, which held recently within the college premises.
Obiano, who was represented by Professor Theresa Nkechi Obiekezie, the Commissioner for Tertiary and Science Education also disclosed that he has approved the construction of internal roads of the college adding that work will commence on the roads within a short time.
Speaking on the issue of salary increment, Obiano stated that his administration had had plans of increasing workers’ salaries but was stalling the process to ensure the state aligns with other states as well as the labour union in their unanimous decision.
He then appreciated the parents of the graduands for the sacrifices they made to train their wards; the students for choosing to be trained as educators; and the lecturers and the non academic staff of the college for their sacrifices and their duties.
Earlier in her address, Dr Ifeyinwa Osegbo, the provost NOCEN appreciated Governor Willie Obiano for awarding the project for the construction of internal roads in the college and approval of 65 years as the retirement age for non-teaching staff.
Dr Osegbo highlighted the primary needs of the college as conversion of the college into a university of education, building of hostels and scholarship for indigent students.
She disclosed that since her administration, the college has been able to construct Science, Vocational and Technical Education (SVTE) office complex, procure a hillux truck courtesy of Tetfund and organizing of several school and college conferences, seminars and workshop in collaboration with such cooperate firms as Zenith Bank and Google.
She called on the government, corporate organisations and private individuals to continue supporting the college in its effort to provide a favourable environment for fruitful academic work.
Dr Njideka Obiekezie, the deputy rector of Anambra State Polytechnic, Mbakwu and Dr C C Ukwuogo, deputy registrar of Federal College of Education, Umunze in their respective goodwill messages noted that previous graduands from the college are already making positive impact in the society.
They congratulated the new graduands and wished them the best in their future endeavour.
While 704 graduands were awarded Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), 96 were awarded the Professional Diploma in Education.