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Cross River college of Education, Akamkpa to attain world-class position — Ayade

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Cross River college of Education, Akamkpa to attain world-class position — Ayade

The State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade says the rebranded Cross River State College of Education, Akamkpa is the actualization of the aspirations of the State Government to establish a World – Class Teacher Training Institution in the State for the production of the much – needed middle level manpower for the Primary and Junior Secondary Schools.

Sir Ayade made the assertion at the first convocation of the Cross River State College of Education, Akamkpa held at the College Pavilion.

The Governor represented by his Deputy, Professor Ivara Ejemot Esu pointed out that, Government acknowledges the fact that, the Joint Convocation achieved by the College must have been through tortuous and laborious efforts, taking off against the Backdrop of dilapidated infrastructure, inglorious past characterized by examination malpractice, cultism amongst others.

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He commended the Provost of the College and his management team, the Academic Staff, Non – Teaching Staff and Students for the un-common transformation and the determination to embrace change as evident in all the facts of the College Community.

Sir Ayade affirmed that, Government in August 2016, approved the upgrade of the status of the College from awarding just NCE to a degree – awarding institution in affiliation with the University of Calabar – alongside the sustained timely payment of Salaries to staff.
The Governor charged the Convoking student to be good Ambassadors of the College and the State in general.

Sir Ayade therefore instituted an automatic scholarship award for the best all round graduating student up to master’s level in any Nigerian University as a mark of honour and to encourage excellence.

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He enjoined both staff and students to reciprocate Government’s gesture and partner with the Government to achieve the lofty goals of the College.

The Provost of the College, Dr. James Archibong represented by his Deputy, Dr. Benedict Ugbong, disclosed that, out of about 9,450 students admitted from the 2009/2010 academic session to the 2015/2016 session, 5,800 have been found worthy in character and learning to be awarded the Nigeria Certificate in Education – NCE.

The Provost who felt proud for the students expressed confident that they can compete favorably with their peers anywhere in the world based on the training given to them.
In a good will message, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education, Professor Muhammadu Bappa – Aliyu, represented by Dr. Ikwo Okon stated that, the overwhelming preference for straight University Education in Nigeria has affected the enrolment figures with multiplier effects on internally generated revenues.

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He however, maintained that, the College must continue to co-exist side-by-side the Universities to produce much needed middle level manpower for the Universal Basic Education.

Highpoints were the award of certificates and prizes to outstanding Graduands and presentation of plague to the Governor and the Deputy, for their contributions to the College and the development of Education in the State.

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