…As he bags Oduduwa Students Integrity Award
The National Association of Oduduwa Students (NAOS), an umbrella body for all Yoruba students nationwide and the Diaspora, visited the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State recently to confer an award “Icon of Integrity and Agent of Educational Development” on the Provost, Prof. Josephat Ogbuagu.
The group noted that the award was in recognition of the infrastructural development recorded by his administration and the successful elevation of the college to a degree-awarding institution.
Presenting the award, the leader of the association, who is also a student of the University of Ibadan, Adekunle Michael Adeniyi, said Prof. Ogbuagu was chosen after a meticulous screening exercise of several public office holders. He added that d the development in infrastructures and academic programmes at FCET, Umunze has improved the rating of the institution as the fastest-growing college of education in the country. He observed that the award was a humble recognition of Ogbuagu’s exemplary leadership in the college, which has led to great improvement in the fortunes of the college and enhanced the quality of vocational and technical teachers.
He commended the Provost for quietly utilizing his office to train a large number of middle level manpower needed in the nation’s education system.
Adeniyi also noted that the uninterrupted academic calendar in the college for the past seven years of Ogbuagu administration has brought stability in the system and allowed students to graduate on record time. He maintained that the college has become a reference point among tertiary institutions in the country in the area of peaceful relationship among students and staff.
He praised the facility upgrade of the college through information and communication revolution, while noting that the construction of modern library complex, micro-teaching laboratory, lecture theatres and auditorium, movement to permanent site, ongoing administration building, among others, has turned the college to a centre of excellence.
He observed that the introduction of degree programmes at FCET Umunze, in affiliation with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, and its successful accreditation by the regulatory body have increased student enrollment. Adeniyi called on other public office holders in the country to emulate the footprints of Prof Ogbuagu in placing public interest above personal gain.
While receiving the award, Prof. Ogbuagu expressed surprise that such recognition came all the way from the South West and thanked the students for the gesture. He dedicated the award to the college community even as he urged Nigerian youths to look beyond ethic and sectional divides and work diligently for the development of the country.
The Deputy Provost of the College, Dr Jane Chinyere Madichie, also got a medal from the association for her commitment to the transformation of the institution. Other members of the college management present at the award ceremony were the Registrar, Sir Augustine Udensi, the College Bursar, Sir Patrick Omile and the librarian, Dr Adolphus Ugwuanyi.