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UNIBEN-FCE (T) matriculates 190 students for affiliation programmes

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By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu
Dr Wahab Azeez, Provost of Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos, has called for more investment in teacher education in the country.
Azeez made the call during the 2023/2024 Academic Session matriculation for  the admission of 190 students into various affiliate degree programmes run by the University of Benin (UNIBEN) and FCE (Technical), Akoka, held on Tuesday in Lagos.
Recall that for the 2022/2023 Academic Session, 412 students were matriculated for NCE and PDE.
According to Azeez, for the 2023/2024 Academic Session, 83 students are matriculating for various programmes in 100 level, while 107 students were admitted as Direct Entry students making a total of 190.
“Something drastic has to be done if teacher education is not going to collapse in Nigeria. There is no country of today that will survive without investing in teacher education.
“At the level of Committee of Federal Provosts, serious meetings and proposals have been submitted to the Federal Government, particularly the Minister of Education, to make sure that teacher education which has been neglected is given the attention it requires.
“And part of the proposal which have already been sent is that there should be special allocation for candidates who have started to read education in our universities and colleges of education.
“The proposal also include that any candidate admitted to read education either in faculty of education in university or colleges of education should be given scholarship, while the best brains are absorbed in the faculty of education,” he added.
Azeez said that UNIBEN and the college have been focused and committed to the philosophy and values upon which they were established, to provide qualitative science, vocational and technical education to students who would then impact the knowledge to the larger societies.
He also advised the new students to  combine academic and moral excellence throughout their stay in the college.
“It is pertinent that you pay particular attention to academic excellence, set high academic and moral standard for yourselves and be focused to attain your academic excellence.
“As a student, you are expected to be of good conduct, observe laid down rules and regulations, eschew evil and shun all associations and groups that will put you on collision path with the college and university authorities,” he said.
Speaking, Prof. Lilian Salami, Vice Chancellor of UNIBEN and Chairperson, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, urged the new students to take their learning very seriously.
Salami said that the management would play its roles effectively, by leaving no stone unturned in the responsibility of moulding  character and imparting their lives with requisite knowledge to enable them attain their desired aspirations.
“There are rules to guide your conduct to ensure compliance with law and order, shun all forms of vices, and keep yourselves abreast with the academic calendar.
“I assure you of management’s commitment to providing an enabling environment conducive for your learning,” she added.
Salami, who noted that the university is distinct with its academic strides and developments, was represented by Prof. Kingsley Omorogiuwa, Dean Faculty of Education, UNIBEN.
Similarly, Ajose Paul, President, Degree Students’ Association, in his address charged the students to cultivate meaningful relationships with their peers and lecturers.
According to him, true success is not only measured by grades but by character built and positive impact made.
“We encourage you to strike a healthy balance between your academic pursuits, extra-curricular passions and overall well-being and as you navigate this transformative period, embrace the wealth of resources available,” he added. (NAN)
Edited by Folasade Adeniran
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