Bello urges FG to up­grade FCE Okene to var­sity

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

Gov­er­nor Ya­haya Bello of Kogi State has ap­pealed to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to up­grade the Fed­eral Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Okene to a fed­eral univer­sity of ed­u­ca­tion.

Speak­ing at the week­end dur­ing the 15th com­bined con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony of the col­lege in Okene , Bello said the col­lege had the staff and in­fra­struc­ture to as­sume such a sta­tus, ad­ding that the col­lege in the last four decades had con­trib­uted im­mensely to the train­ing of qual­i­fied teach­ers.

He com­mended the Provost, Dr Iyela Ajayi, for his ser­vice which he said had sin­gled out the col­lege as one of the best in the coun­try.

The Fed­eral Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Okene was es­tab­lished as Fed­eral Ad­vanced Teach­ers’ Col­lege in 1974. It has long been of­fer­ing de­grees in pro­gramme af­fil­i­a­tion with the Univer­sity of Ibadan

In his ad­dress, the Chair­man of the Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil of the in­sti­tu­tion, Engr. Sa’ad Abubakar, said within the eight years of the provost’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, the col­lege had en­joyed peace and un­in­ter­rupted aca­demic cal­en­dar.

Ear­lier, the provost Iyela Ajayi ap­pealed to Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide more fund­ing, say­ing the in­ter­nally gen­er­ated rev­enue could not do much in the face of com­pet­ing de­mands.

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