…As NOCEN Holds 23/24, 39th/ 40th MatriculationCeremonies for First Degree, NCE Students
By Chioma Ndife
The provost of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Dr. Ifenyinwa Osegbo, has harped on the need for students of the college to develop a minimum of two entrepreneurial skills outside their normal course of study and to adopt conducts that were beneficial, describing such as prerequisites for holistic education.
Dr. Osegbo made this known on Friday, 18 June, during the 23rd/24th and 39th/40th matriculation ceremonies for first degree (B.A. Ed, B.Sc. Ed) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) students.
She maintained that the economic situation in the country required hard work and development of unique skills which would serve humanity, saying that education was very competitive, priceless and costly. She disclosed that sound education was needed for people to actualize their dreams and life’s aspirations.
She cautioned the students against laziness and allowing themselves ‘the ugly luxury of spending excessive time in their course of studies.’
The College Provost said the Anambra State Government had invested heavily towards improving the educational environment, noting that through Tetfund, the Federal Government had also invested a lot of resources in infrastructure in the College and in upgrading the academic staff through workshops, researches and scholarships.
She urged the students to maximize the facilities provided by the Management of the College and better their lives. He reminded the parents and guardians that they were important stakeholders of the institution and beckoned on them to contribute their own quota towards sustaining the growth and development of the College.
‘We are looking forward to forming an association of NOCENITES PARENTS where the College authorities and the students’ parents will have a forum to brainstorm on the way forward for the formation of their children,’ she said.
The Provost explained that the year’s matriculation which involved two sets of the College, the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, was necessitated by the global COVID-19 challenges.
She described matriculation as an important ceremony in the life of every tertiary institution as it was a day set aside to consummate the process of admitting students into a tertiary institution for their academic pursuit and conferring on the participating candidates, full membership of the institution, having fulfilled all necessary requirements.
Addressing the matriculating students, Prof Charles Igwe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, the affiliate institution of NOCEN, said the university took pride in being Nigeria’s first indigenous university and congratulated the matriculating students, saying that the day’s event was to formally admit those who met the requirements and had successfully completed the registration process.
‘Your admission may signify the realization of a dream, but it also opens a door for you to pursue a bigger dream – the dream of earning the honours degree of the University of Nigeria that is recognized in virtually all countries of the world.
To achieve your mission here, you have to work harder than you did to get admitted in the first place. The best approach is to be regular and punctual in classes, to take part in all forms of continuous assessment and avoid all distractions,’ he said.
The VC advised them to abide by the rules and regulations of the university, such as avoidance of crime, involvement in secret cult, drug abuse and other social vices, as such would maim their future permanently.
Speaking to journalists, a student of the College admitted into the School of Vocational Education, Chukwudiebere Egwunwa, said his admission would pave way for him to attain greater feats and actualize his life’s aspirations. He vowed to uphold his matriculation oath and promote the image of the College.
For her part, Rev. Sr. MaryAnthonia Ifeoma Ezeamama of the Missionary Sisters of Divine Mercy, thanked God for the opportunity to become a student of the College in the Department of Education Mathematics, assuring that she would excel.
Contributing, Rev. Sr. Cecil Onwujekwe of the Congregation of Sisters of Jesus the Saviour, admitted in the Department of Social Science Education, expressed the hope that she would become grounded as an educationist after her sojourn in the College.