A new and robust security architecture for the protection of lives and property in the Federal College of Education, Okene will soon be unveiled. The Provost of the College, Dr. Umar Hassan revealed this during his address on the occasion of the Matriculation ceremony for NCE 1 Regular Students for the 2018/2019 academic session on 22nd March, 2019 at the Mini-auditorium of the School of Social Sciences.
Dr. Umar Hassan stated that the protection of lives and property of staff and students remains of paramount importance to the present administration in the College.
He revealed that the new security measures would go a long way in the protection of lives and properties in the College. He therefore enjoined all staff and students to be security conscious and report any suspicious movement to the security unit of the College. Also, the Provost advised the matriculants to be mindful of their movements at all times,, whilst directing them to always interface with the Students Affairs unit. “The Student Affairs unit has the corporate mandate of attending to your complaints. I therefore enjoin you all to channel appropriately all your complaints to the Dean for all necessary attention”, the Provost stated.
Earlier in his address, Dr. Hassan congratulated the matriculating students for their “foresight and determination” in taking up the bold step of advancing the course of their future, and felicitated with their parents and guardians for being found worthy of admission into one of the foremost citadel of learning and academic excellence.
The Provost also used the opportunity to appraise the steady growth of academic development and prosperity of the College since its inception in 1974. Going down memory lane, Dr. Hassan reflected on the occasion of 45th matriculation ceremony of the College, and stated that the College which started with 212 students and 15 departments so many years ago, has rapidly grown and developed in leaps and bounds to a population of more than 4,000 students spread across 32 departments and seven Schools.
“It is gratifying to state here that the College is steadily on an expansion drive to place her on the highest pedestal of academic excellence and standard. As a responsive administration, we are committed to providing enabling environment for scholarly activities to strive” Dr. Hassan promised.
He also spoke on the ongoing projects in the College, such as the construction of twin-200 seater auditorium, female hostel, a storey building of 8 classroom complex for the Early Childhood Care and Primary Education, and construction of administrative building, Non-Formal Education, among others; promising to ensure that they are delivered on time towards enhancing a comfortable environment and highest academic standard for students and staff of the College.
A total of 1059 students were matriculated into the Regular NCE 1 programme of the College during the Matriculation ceremony. The occasion was attended by College Management staff members, Deans of Schools and Directors, Heads of Units, invited guests and dignitaries, as well as Students and Staff of the College.