Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe held their 20th year convocation and presented Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) to graduates of the Institution.
Governor Soludo who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu disclosed that the Governor had planned to attend the event.
“He was ready to come at the scheduled time but the Provost said she was not ready. Mr Governor doesn’t believe in African time.
“I hope by next year, the Governor will have the opportunity to come to the college.
“It is significant we are also marking the 40th anniversary of the college. Ever since it’s establishment in 1976, it has produced committed teachers and placed Anambra in a lofty pedestal.
“You owe it as a duty to live up to the glory of this institution. Nwafor Orizu served as President of the Senate and Acting President of Nigeria.
“Nwafor Orizu also played a leading role in making education a moving force in the country.
“My dear students and graduands, with sound education we can reach a Hallmark of our forebearers.
“My campaign promise is to provide quality education for all and restore teaching as a profession of honor.
“I recall parents in the past took pride when their children grew to become teachers. We must restore back the lost glory of teachers.
“After a series of painstaking rigorous test and interview, we recruited 5000 teachers to show that we mean business.
“Merit was the watchword of our recruitment of 5000 teachers. This was transparency at its best. The era of man knows man is over.
“Education must have it’s due reward in a liveable and prosperous Anambara we are determined to build.
“All hands must be on deck to reposition the educational sector in the state.
“In this digital age, it’s of utmost importance to overhaul the educational curricular.
“We appointed a 20 member team to serve in the Anambra State Educational Advisory Council. Your provost is a member and I am the Chairman.
The establishment of the council is the first step in achieving our educational objectives laid out in our manifesto.
“Your provost also won the Presidential Award. Winning is the Anambra way.
“Nwafor Orizu College of Education attributes the Anambra winning way.
“I understand that Convocation comes with joy and a mixed feeling of nagging fear because employment is hard to find.
“On behalf of the Governor, I say a hearty congratulations to the graduands, management and staff of NOCEN,” he concluded.
The Provost of NOCEN, Dr. Ifenyinwa E. Osegbo in her address described the convocation as a historic one being held alongside the 40th anniversary celebration of the college and the first to be held under the watch of Governor Soludo.
“It is truly an event worth celebrating because God kept you all from the time of matriculation to today.
“I must commend every parent and guardian who despite the current harsh economic situation in the country, made huge sacrifices by paying fees and other levies for their children.
“Permit me to mention some of the progresses and milestones we have recorded in my administration in recent times.
“We excelled in the last NCCE accreditation exercise which affords our college the right to run all programmes without intervention for the next five years.
“We signed a MOU with Digital Hands Limited which is in collaboration with Rome Business School to establish the School of entrepreneurship and digital innovation (SEDI).
“Consequently, we will most solemnly pray to our dear Governor, considering his intention to make Anambra Africa’s first smart city to take SEDI project as one of his best bets in achieving this aim for Anambra by helping us to beef up the ICT and other e-learning and entrepreneurship facilities,” she stressed.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, Hon. Tony Nwoye, The Registrar Mr Godwin Okeke, The Bursar, Mr. Peter Iloakasia, Principal Lecturers, Traditional Ruler of Nsugbe, HM Igwe Victor Ntoka, TC Chairman Anambra East Dr. Anselem Onuorah, Prof Vivian Nwogboh amongst others attended the convocation.