By Usman Shuaibu
The management of City College of Education Mararaba in Nasarawa State has matriculated a total number of 382 NCE students in 2018/2019 academic session.
In an interview with newsmen after the matriculation ceremony over the weekend, the chairman, Board of Trustees of the college, Evag. (Engr.) Gabriel Idogbo Amu, appealed to the Federal Government to deem it necessary to allow the private colleges of education that are qualified or strong enough to run degree programmes.
Amu said if the qualified colleges of education in the country were allowed to offer degree, many students would be admitted that would translate into the funding of colleges of education.
He said: “You know that degree is like a hot cake in this country whether Education or History or Farming, once is a degree is lucrative because of our large population. So, if we have degree programmes the issue of funding of private colleges of education will be half solved”.
His words: “In the City College of Education, we are doing things to make our students fit in, into the 24th Century. For instance, we go pari-passu in our curriculum with states and we can assure you that the teachers we are producing here they are all rammed and that they are skilled an entrepreneurial teachers. Those are the kind of teachers we are producing. “
While commenting on the funding of private institutions in the country, Amu said: “funding of private institutions is a big headache. But there are misconceptions in the society that the school business is a business, fine is a business but not the one you smart on the government is more of impact”.
Amu, however, advised matriculating students to take the advantage of what was going on in the City College of Education to equip themselves for better tomorrow.
In his address at the occasion, the provost of the City College of Education, Dr. Philip O. Omonada, explained that City College was established in 2003 and began its operations with thirty students in the school preliminary studies.
The Provost revealed that presently, City College was running five schools with various course combinations in the NCE programmes, while recording over one thousand, two hundred students.
Omonoda advised the entire students to obey the laid down rules and regulations guiding the college, and urges the lecturers to further their education to update their knowledge.