NOCEN Provost Gears Up for Greater Heights

… Begins New Tenure

By Chioma Ndife

The Provost of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Dr. Ifeyinwa Osegbo, who begins her second tenure after the conclusion of the first tenure of three years, has expressed plans of attaining greater heights.

Speaking on the achievement of her administration between 2018 and 2021, Dr. Osegbo explained how Afri-Hub was brought to the College at the cost of N80 million after a very long drawn feud and court case between the College’s former administration and the organization.

She said the college, after the up-grade of its ICT unit, could now boast of two Jamb Centres, saying that the old library had been changed to an E-Library as it had been equipped with E-granary which helped students to access information from all parts of the world.

She said, ‘Degree students can now graduate as and when due as we no longer have arrears of students’ results. Our students can now go on NYSC immediately upon graduation, unlike when they had to wait for a year or two.

‘Some measures have been put on ground to help check staff attendance to lectures and work through the newly instituted lecture monitoring committee.

‘Accreditation of about 8 departments has been carried out, while resource verification has been done in three departments. At present all departments in the college have fully been accredited,’ she said.

In the area of capacity building, she said that several workshops had been carried out through the College IGR and Tetfund sponsorship, noting that about 100 academic staff members and 200 non-teaching staff had benefited from both national and international conferences.

She disclosed that the College had concluded an MoU with Digital Hands Ltd to start a school of Entrepreneurship and Digital Innovation in order to boost its IGR, noting that the negotiations with Kunex Enterprises, which, she said, was geared towards students’ skill acquisition, had been perfected.

The provost disclosed that complete science and laboratory equipment and furniture had been procured for the College’s Demonstration Secondary School and Vocational School located at two different places.

Other items acquired, according to the Provost, include, environmental and landscape for College environmental landscape, 300 desktop computers for students’ CBT examination, ICT training and Jamb examination, as well as medical equipment through the State Government Support Services.

On infrastructural development, she said that a two-storey building had been completed for the School of Vocational and Technical Education, while two open hall male hostels had been renovated to room-partitioned hostels.

‘Three dilapidated roofs of open hall female hostels have been re-roofed, while four bedroom bungalow is being built for Confucius Institute Staff through the sponsorship from Dr. Chief Ibeto.

Dr. Osegbo, enumerated some on-going projects to include, construction of 1 a storey building complex for School of Languages; 420 seating capacity music theatre complex for music department; 450 seating capacity multipurpose lecture theatre; 2-storey block complex for students’ hostel; One-story office block for Guidance and Counselling Centre; one-storey classroom block for College Demonstration Secondary School, using internally generated revenue; and tarring of College internal roads through the help of Gov Willie Obiano.

On the vision of the College, she said the construction and production of the College’s table water, expansion of the College agric farm, establishment of printing press and fencing of the entire College premises, among others, were ongoing.