By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
No fewer than 2,093 graduates who were found worthy in character and in learning, were on Friday, March 26, awarded with various academic qualifications on the occasion of the 26th Joint Convocation Ceremony of the Federal College of Education (Technical) (FCE(T), Umunze, Orumba South LGA, Anambra State.
The 2021 convocation ceremony which was for graduates, who had completed their academic programmes in the 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic sessions, featured award of academic prizes to distinguished students and the commissioning of some of the completed College projects by the Nigerian Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Hon Emeka Nwajiuba.
Fides gathered that the Tetfund-sponsored FCE (T) projects which were commissioned by the minister were a 3-floor Computer Based Test (CBT) Building I, a 3-floor Computer Based Test (CBT) Building II, a 3-floor Staff Office Complex, 1000 Capacity Lecture Hall, the College Bakery, Male Lavatory and Female Lavatory.
In his goodwill message, the Governor of Anambra State, Dr Willie Obiano, KCSG, congratulated the graduates for their successful graduation and the College for the giant strides recorded.
Gov Obiano, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Solid Minerals, Science Innovation and Energy, Dr Sally Mbanefo, appealed to the federal government to increase its funding to the College
According to the commissioner, education was very important to human and nation building and an investment in knowledge was worthwhile.
Earlier in her address, the Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Dr Tessy Okoli, attributed the successful academic programme in the College to a testimony of the functional education plan of the Nigerian Minister of Education.
Dr Okoli, who recalled how she took over as the fourth substantive Provost of FCE(T) on May 17, 2018, identified staff development, students’ welfare, improved teaching and learning, capacity building and increased students’ enrolment as the key areas of focus of her Management.
She highlighted the various completed and ongoing projects, which, according to her, gave the College a facelift. Among the projects were the commissioned buildings, successful revalidation of degree programmes by the National Universities Commission (NUC), successful accreditation of all academic programmes of NCE, Degree and PDE programmes by the regulatory bodies and procurement of various learning and technical equipment, among others.
The Provost said that in addition to serving the institution, the CBT buildings would also serve as JAMB, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) and other professional examination centres.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of academic excellence award and prizes to the overall best graduating student, Chinenye Ezemedolu of the Department of Computer/Chemistry Education, of 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic sessions, with 4.82 GP and to Ujunwa Agba, who emerged the second best in the School of Sciences of 2016/2017 academic session.
In her speech, the overall best graduating student, Miss Ezemedolu, appreciated God and the Management of the College for the quality education, which, she said, gave her the power to change the world.
The Adazi-Enu, Anambra State born Miss Ezemedolu, thanked her mother and late father for contributing to the success she recorded in her academic work. She congratulated her fellow graduates and encouraged them to be sources of inspiration to others with the knowledge they acquired in the College.