The Federal College of Education,Obudu, in affiliation with university of Calaber held its 7th matriculation ceremony for , the degree students on Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018. The ceremony which took place at the expansive Senator Greg Ngaji Lecture Theatre was attended by all the Principal Officers of the College as well as Officials of the affiliated institution.
While presenting his address at the occasion, the Provost of the College, Dr James Bassey Ejue informed the new students that the dream of the College is to become a major centre of excellence that will breed and harvest intellectuals who would be willing to contribute to national development. In pursuit of this objective therefore , he said that the major concern of his administration is to put necessary facilities in place so that the desired academic and intellectual activities can thrive. He said his administration has been consistent in tackling the infrastructural deficits of the College, especially in those areas that will lend support to effective teaching and learning.
The Provost particularly enumerated some of the achievements of his administration . They are: refurbishing of classroom desks at the EB Block for the School of Arts and social Sciences; renovation of the earth road at the Bebi campus; establishment of a functional virctual library and the establishment of a smart resource centre at the Degree Programme Unit. These efforts, according to Dr. Ejue has started yielding positive results. He specifically pointed out that all the thirteen(13) degree programmes of the College have gained full accreditation from the National Universities Commission. The Chief Executive said that in spite of paucity of fund, his administration was able to mobilize the goodwill of major Stakeholders and the commitment of the Staff as they invited the NUC for the accreditation exercise in December, 2017. As a result of this effort, the College has opened a floodgate of opportunities for the new students to actualize their dreams. The Provost therefore appealed to the University of Calabar to increase the admission quota of the College.
In a recent National Inter-Tertiary Institutions Debate and Public Speaking Contest which held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife between 12 - 14 April, 2018, Dr. Ejue said the College emerged the first runner-up (that is second position). He said he was particularly excited because the competition involved all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria. He introduced and presented the gallant and victorious team to the audience as follows: Miss Onu Patience Mathew (Educational Administration); Osadebe Chukwuma Shadrack (Guidance and Counseling); Mathew Arikpe Ernest, (Political Science/English); and Samuel Favour Enang (Education /English).
Finally, he encouraged the matriculating students to work hard and be determined to overcome the challenges of life. He further advised them to take their studies seriously and avoid those distractions that will make them to drop out of School. Such distractions, according to him include intellectual or academic laziness, examination malpractice, cultism and other forms of anti-social behaviour.
In his own address, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Zana I. Akpagu reminded the new Students about the essence of being sent to the institution by their parents which is to pursue their studies. He said that although there would be both distractions and detractors, he urged them to pursue their studies diligently and purposefully. The Vice Chancellor who was represented by Professor Chris Chukwurah, Dean, Faculty of Education equally advised them to endeavour and keep the rules and regulations of the institution as there would be no room to accept ignorance as an excuse.