BY RICHARD ABU, Makurdi –
The newly established Federal College of Education (FCE) located at Odugbo in App local government area of Benue State recently held her maiden matriculation with the Provost of the College, Professor Joel Eriba expressing commitment to uplift academic and infrastructural facilities of the young institution.
The matriculation which took place at college premises saw 500 students take oath of matriculation.
The Provost in his address to the students, said the purpose for setting up the college in the area is to promote and encourage education as well as help tackle challenges faced by youths in assessing quality education.
The Provost advised the students to be of good moral conduct and and to shun social vices such as examination malpractices, cultism and indecent dressing. He however that any one caught violating the college’s rules and regulations will be severely punished.
Professor Eriba, who expressed commitment of the management and lecturers to offer quality education to the students, advised them against the sale of handouts and books. He told the students to report lecturers to management if compelled to purchase such materials.
He expressed the determination of the college management to set up a vibrant Information and Communication Technology (ICT) center that will serve as the college portal while other infrastructures will be provided to accommodate the expanding students and staff population.
Professor Eriba commended members of the community for donating land for the establishment of the college expressed satisfaction with the kind gesture.
He acknowledged the support of The Executive Secretary of the Education Tertiary Fund (TETfund), Arc. Sonny Echo, for not only facilitating the establishment of the college but also donating structures for the immediate take off of the college.
The Provost disclosed that the young institution has taken off with 13 departments including business education, home economics, biology, chemistry and physics. Others are mathematics, integrated science, English language, social studies, primary education and Christian Religious Studies.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the National Commissions for Colleges of Education, Professor Paulinus Owelle, commended the Provost and his management team for ensuring the effective take off of the college.
Prof. Owelle assured of the commission’s supervisory role to see that quality education is delivered to the students.