- The State Government has set up a committee to carefully study and make final recommendations on a proposal drafted by the Governing Council of Nwafor Orizu College of Education,
Nsugbe, for the successful conversion of the College into a University of Education.
Governor Willie Obiano announced the committee members when he received the report of the Council at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
The Committee has among its membership, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, the Chief of Staff, Prof Joe Asike, Commissioner for Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, Commissioner for Youths Entrepreneurship and Sports Development, Dr Uju Nworgu, a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Professor Uche Amazigo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs Ifeoma Ezeaku and the Provost of the College, Dr Ego Uzoezie.
The report of the College’s Governing Council which was inaugurated by Governor Obiano on the 28th of October, 2015, centered mainly on their stewardship since inception especially as it concerns the progress made by the College in accessing TET-fund, plugging corruption windows, boosting Internally Generated Revenue as well as their challenges.
Receiving the report, Governor Obiano expressed satisfaction that the Council has lived up to expectations especially in stemming the tide of financial leakages which the college’s last audit revealed.
He explained that the committee he set up will also break down for government details of the financial status of the college, what it will take to retain a college of education as well as recommendation on the clamour for increase of the College’s monthly subvention from seventy-five million to a hundred million naira.
The Commissioner for Education, Professor Kate Omenugha in her remarks, acknowledged that membership of the Council was properly constituted to include persons of integrity which she noted had guaranteed the huge success they have achieved within a short period.
Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Governing Council, Chief Clement Ibeto, revealed that they have been able to access TET-fund for normal intervention up-to 2014 as well as begun processes to access the 2015/2017 batch, and also said they have achieved reaccreditation of all NCE courses offered and thirteen out of the total nineteen degree courses, promising that they are committed to exhaustively exploring all avenue to raise the revenue base of the college.