The 1995 set of the Immaculate Conception College (ICC) Old Boys Association (ICCOBA), Benin, Edo State, has donated an electronic writing board worth N300,000 to boost ICT in the institution.
President of the set, Mr Ogbemudia Obaseki,who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Benin, Sunday stated that the donation was part of the association’s continuous commitment to give back to the school, for giving them a sound academic foundation.
The donation, he said, was also part of activities lined up to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of the set.
“As we celebrate our 25 years anniversary today, as an association, we thank the Almighty God for preserving our lives and making it possible to give back to the college that prepared us for the future,” he said.
He said the association also gave cash awards to principals and teachers of the college, who were outstanding in teaching and instilling discipline in the old students.
The president urged the school to continue to train students that would become future leaders, while counselling students of the college to always take their studies seriously and shun all social vices.
“We are also urging the current students of the school to keep the flag flying; the college brought us up properly and instilled discipline in us,” Obaseki stated.
School Seeks Partnership On Co-Curricular Policies
As part of efforts to ensure sound and quality education for students, the Federal Government College, Ikot-Ekpene (FGC-IK), has stressed the need for the collaboration of all stakeholders in the formation of Co-curricular policies of the college.
The Director Principal, Mr J. N. Ezeogu, made the call in a newsletter issued to parents and guardians at the end of the 2020/2021 first term academic session, Friday.
Ezeogu said the management of the college had not relented in her efforts to focus on formulating, executing and supervising academic and Co-curricular Policies of the college stating however that it would require the collective efforts of every stakeholder to achieve the overall desired result.
Ezeogu disclosed that in that regard, the alumni association of the college had always been of concern and support to the college revealing that the 1985 class/set had donated and installed 10 computer sets to equip the e-library and boost the students e-learning.
In his words”the school management has not relented in her efforts to focus on formulating, executing and supervising academic and Co-curricular Policies of the college. This is to ensure that sound and quality education is given to our students. It is very important to bring to your notice that the alumni association has given us full support in this quest. This term, the class of1985 donated and installed 10 new sets of computers to equip our e-library. We really commend their efforts.”
The principal said the college employed the tools of clinical teaching, morning showers,extra lessons, night preps and ‘sit-down and Read’ to equip the students with adequate knowledge both in theory and practical.
On discipline, Ezeogu said “the war against indiscipline in the college continues. We shall not tolerate any act of indiscipline from the students and so, parents and guardians should complement the efforts of the college” for a disciplined and crime-free learning environment.
Legal Luminary Advocates Autonomy For Nigerian Varsities
A renowned legal luminary, Mallam Yusuf Ali SAN, says Nigerian universities will achieve their core mandates and academic advancement, if granted autonomy.
It was gathered that Ali, who is also the Pro-Chancellor, Osun State University, made the disclosure, on Thursday, at the 80th birthday celebration of Prof. Michael Omolewa in Ibadan.
Ali in his lecture, entitled: ‘University Autonomy: Opportunities and Challenges’, said that the universities deserved academic, administrative and financial autonomy.
He said that such autonomy, if granted, would allow the institutions concentrate on their core mandates of adding value to student education and academic advancement.
The legal luminary said that it would also help them concentrate on cutting edge research, public accountability, social responsibility, transparency, ethics and integrity.
“If Nigerian universities are serious about competing on the global stage, there is need for academic autonomy, administrative autonomy and financial autonomy.
“Higher institutions in Nigeria are still suffocating under the strangulating control of government, and if this situation persists, it portents a bleak future for our university education sector,” he said.
Ali listed some of the challenges affecting the universities as low funding, tribalism, lack of academic culture, attitude, professionalisation of unionism and multiplicity of regulators.
This is in addition to lack of a sustainable system to train those who run institutions, externalisation of university affairs by members, and inherent governance weakness in the appointment process.
“Our universities should strive to grow to a level where the government will have little or nothing to do with universities anymore.
“Universities should be left to determine the remuneration packages for its workers,” he said.
He also called for a review of how councils were constituted, saying that there was need to return to the old system where students commented on the performances of their lecturers.
Principal Hails CBN Over Projects Execution At FGC
The Principal, Government College, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Mr Idris Ohimege, has lauded the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for its intervention projects at the institution.
He also hailed the State Government and some of the old boys of the school for contributing positively to the development of the school.
Ohimege made the commendation in an interview with the The Tide source on Friday in Keffi.
He said that the intervention projects by the CBN and alumni of the school would not only create an enabling environment for learning and teaching but would also improve on the standard of education in the state.
The Tide recalls that the CBN inaugurated seven intervention projects in the college on March 31, including renovation of Kaduna House Hostel, some blocks of classrooms, construction of new hostel building in Katsina Ala House, dinning, kitchen, assembly hall and students clinic.
He said that the intervention projects would also go a long way in complementing government efforts at restoring the lost glory of the college.
“I want to commend the CBN for its intervention efforts toward improving on the standard of education in the school.
“It will go a long way in improving on the standard of education by creating an enabling environment for learning and teaching,” he said.
The principal also commended the state government for its commitment towards the development of the college and other schools in the state.
He noted that the state government and some old boys commitments in the school has improved on the standard of education in the school.
“I want to use this medium to commend the state government for being up and doing in improving on the standard of education in the institution.
“The state governmemt has provided beds, furniture and mattresses, among others.
“I commend their efforts and I appeal for more in order to improve on the standard of education in the institution.
“I am commending the intervention by Keffi Old Boys Association (KOBA). Some of the alumni are contributing positively to the development of the institution and I call for its sustenance,” he said.
Ohimege, however, appealed for total renovation of the school laboratories and some structures in the school.
The principal assured of adequate management of facilities and other infrastructure in the college to ensure their durability.
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