The provost of Federal College of Education, Obudu, Dr. James Bassey Ejue met with the Student Union Government of the College on Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 at the Provost Chambers and engaged them in an informal interaction in order to brainstorm together so that the College can move forward. While kick starting the interaction, the Chief Executive noted that the meeting would help to break barriers that hinder free flow of information in the system. He said that lack of information breeds rumour mongering which usually endanger the polity and subsequently smears the relationship among stakeholders.
Dr. Ejue particularly thanked the students for their continued solidarity and support for the College administration and said that such gestures would fire and ginger him to always do his best to move the College forward. He informed them about the massive renovations that are taking place in the College and that the next phase of infrastructural development would focus on new projects. He enumerated some of his achievements to include the renovation of Pre- NCE building; renovations of both the ETF and Chief Lecturers blocks at the school of Languages; refurbishing and renewal of classroom furniture with desks and white boards at the NCB block as he pointed out that the same thing would be replicated in all the classrooms in the College. The provost equally informed his audience that the thirteen academic programmes of the degree programme of the College have been fully accredited by the National Universities Commission. He said the NCCE team of accreditors would arrive the College on the 27th May, 2018 for the NCE accreditation and the administration intend to replicate the feat that was achieved with the degree Programme. The Chief Executive solicited for the support and cooperation of the entire student body during this period. He particularly enjoined them to ensure that the entire environment is kept clean and tidy by sensitizing their fellow students to avoid littering the premises with garbage and filth.
As a father, he went further to caution the students about the need to follow stipulated procedures in the pursuit of their endeavors. He frowned at the attitude of some students that tried to pursue the issue of release of their results by writing a letter to College administration through their lawyer. The provost said that resort to legal battle in the pursuit of students result would always be a bad option as such a measure would naturally stop the College from taking further action so that they would not run foul of the law. However, he told the SUG officials that the issue of release of results is being squarely addressed by the College and its affiliate. He urged the students to be patient as the management is doing everything possible to ensure that the results are released expeditiously.
Giving insight into his wish for the college, Dr. Ejue said his dream is to actualize the framework that would help the institution to become a University of Education in future. He said that even if it is not realized during his own time, he would be happy to be reckoned as the one that created the enabling environment for the realization of the laudable objective. The Provost reiterated his unalloyed commitment to the "Project F.C.E, Obudu" and that he would always put in his utmost in order to move the institution forward.
Making his own contribution, the President of the SUG, Comrade Afabe Godwin Afabe expressed immense delight at the invitation and the opportunity to interact with the Management at such an informal level and pointed out that the parties will actually be disposed to frank discussions with each other. He acknowledged the legacy of hard work which the provost has established and this has helped to reduce the incessant agitations or threat for strike actions by the various staff unions in the College as well as curb the frequent restiveness among students. The SUG President said that the current harmony in the system which has led to a stable teaching and learning environment must be attributed to the Provost. He appreciated Management for the good relationship with SUG and for the accreditation of all the programmes of the degree programme of the College.
Thereafter, the student leader changed gear and recited a litany of requests that he would want the provost to also address. They are: Issuance of identity cards to new students; expedited action on the implementation of TSHIP; assistance for the purchase of 32 seater coaster bus; assessing of students insurance by bereaved families; supply of students handbook; and physical medical examination for students that pay the medical fee. Others are to address the contradiction between the payment of medical and TSHIP fees; stocking drugs to the medical clinic; and erecting a sign post that shows directions to the Bebi Campus. The Provost acknowledged the requests and directed that the SUG should put down the requests in writing so that he can minute to the appropriate quarters for necessary actions.
In attendance at the session are both the executive and the Legislative arms of the Student Union Government. Also present are Mr. Ashipu Igbo (Dean, Student Affairs), Dr. Godwin Ogar (Director, Academic Planning) and Mr. Justin Odama Egba (College PRO).