. . . awards college prizes to six deserving graduates
By Abuchi Onwumelu
No fewer than 800 graduates of Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe (NOCEN) have been conferred with the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) at the 19th convocation ceremony of the institution.
In her convocation address, the Provost of the college, Dr Ifeyinwa Osegbo said 704 graduates received NCE and 96 graduates were awarded teaching certificates.
Osegbo urged the graduates to see their convocation as call to duty and a mark to the end of dependence on their families.
The Provost further charged them to use the knowledge acquired as weapon of survival and excellence in their field of endeavours.
Osegbo commended Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra for his commitment to the welfare of the staff and students of the college, especially for the construction of internal roads within the institution.
However, she appealed to the governor for the conversion of the college into a University of Education.
'This will boost the strength of the institution, staff and students and also increase the Internally Generated Revenue of the college," she said.
The Provost further urged the governor to construct hostels to reduce accommodation hardship faced by students.
In his address, Gov. Willie Obiano represented by the state Commissioner for Tertiary and Science Education, Prof. Theresa Obiekezie assured that his administration was committed to providing equal educational opportunity for all.
'Education remains a pillar and an enabler in my administration to ensure that all citizens receive equal opportunity in education,' Obiano said.
The governor disclosed that more road construction within the institution have been awarded while perimeter fencing would soon commence to further provide security to the college.
While commending the staff and students of the college for their dedication to lecture and studies, Obiano pledged to provide scholarships to indigent students in the college.
Fides reports that Miss Marycynthia Mmaduchebe, a graduate of Biology/Chemistry emerged the overall best student for 2018 academic session.
Highlight of the event was the award of college prizes to six deserving graduates.