The Provost of the Federal College of Education, Obudu, Dr. James Bassey Ejue has been appointed as the grand patron of the National Association of Cross River State Students (NACRISS), F.C.E, Obudu chapter. This appointment was made by the executive of the body on Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 when they paid a courtesy visit on the Chief executive of the College. The visit which was led by the president of the Association, Comrade Erim Ben was specifically undertaken to familiarize the executive of the group with the Provost and equally identify with him in his efforts to more the College forward.
Speaking quickly during the visit, Comrade Erim noted the campaign of calumny that is carried against the College administration and charged the Provost not to be distracted by such negative insinuations. He said that the administration has achieved so much within a short time and therefore cannot be maligned on the basis of any spurious claim. The President particularly thanked the Provost for ensuring that the degree students of the College were mobilized for the mandatory national youth service programme. He pointed out that the issue of mobilization of the students had suffered tremendous set back because of non-issuance of certificates to the students by the University of Calabar. However, he said the Provost took it upon himself and ensured that whatever problems that held the university from issuing the certificates were settled. Today, he said the third set of the degree students are engaged in the NYSC orientation programme that is taking place across the country.
While appreciating the stable teaching and learning environment that currently exist in the College, the President pointed out that the incessant strike actions and threats or agitations for improved welfare by most worker's Unions in the College is now a thing of the past. He attributed this feat to the fact that the Provost has been very sensitive to the plight of both workers and students since he assumed office.
Of all the achievements, the NACRISS president said the accreditation of the thirteen programmes of the degree programme by the National Universities Commission is the most outstanding. He noted that only two programmes, out of the thirteen mounted by the College had full accreditations when this administration came on board . The other eleven had only interim accreditations. As a result, the Provost took the bull by the horn and invited the NUC accreditation team, which has resulted to the accreditation of all the degree programmes of the College.
The attention of the NACRISS President was also drawn to the massive renovation of infrastructural facilities throughout the length and breadth of the College. They are renovation of the Pre-NCE Unit, renovation of Demonstration Secondary School building , renovations of ETF and Chief Lecturers blocks, refurbishing of classroom desks at EB block , among others.
Finally, comrade Erim called on the Provost to provide a link for them to reach out to the Cross River State Government in order to be able to assess both the bursary and scholarship programmes of the State Government. He lamented that no current student of the College has benefitted from that laudable programme of the State because there is no body to link them up with the State Government administration.
Making his own speech, the Provost thanked the visitors and congratulated them for their election. He noted that their election was actually based on competence and urged them not to betray the confidence that was reposed on them by their colleagues. He also admonished them that as leaders, they should ensure that there is peace and tranquility in the College. The Chief executive pledged the support of the College in all the legal aspiration's of their members.
Dr. Ejue further said the College administration will not succumb to the antics of detractors as he is determined to work very hard and move the College forward. He pointed out that although the College has gained full accreditation for the thirteen programmes of the degree programme, the administration is equally very determined to replicate the feat for the NCE accreditation. He said the NCE accreditation team would arrive the College on May 27, 2018 and he expects that all hands would be on desk in order to achieve maximum success. To assess state government bursary and scholarship programmes, the Provost advised the executive to do a census of their members in the College according to their respective Local governments and forward them to their respective local government chairman and request for available grants and sponsorships. He also promised to link them up with some officials of the State Government so that they can complain as may be appropriate.
Finally, the Provost charged the students to remain focused and avoid losing concentration so as to achieve their dreams in life. He emphasized that even though they are undergoing their studies in Education, they can also change their career path if they wish, especially now that the government at the national level has provided stimulant to kick-start the youths in various endeavours.