Alvan ikoku and three other colleges of Education Upgraded to Federal Universities.

The Federal Executive Council on
Wednesday approved the conversion
of four federal colleges of education to universities.
The decision was taken at a
meeting of the council, presided
over by President Goodluck
Jonathan.

Minister of Information, Patricia
Akwashiki, and Minister of
Education, Ibrahim Shekarau,
briefed State House correspondents
of the meeting’s outcome.
Shekarau listed the affected colleges of education as

Adeyemi College of
Education, Ondo (now Adeyemi
University of Education, Ondo);

Federal College of Education, Zaria
(now Federal University of Education,
Zaria);

Federal College of Education,
Kano (now Federal University of
Education, Kano);and

Alvan Ikoku
College of Education, Owerri (now
Alvan Ikoku University of Education,
Owerri).

The minister explained that the
colleges of education were part of
the 21 federal colleges of education
that had been awarding degree
programmes in the last three
decades under the close supervision
of the different universities they
are affiliated to.
He said the council considered the
need for further quality in teaching
service, hence the conversion of the
colleges to universities since more
graduates would be needed in the
teaching profession.
We are heading to having more
graduates in the teaching
profession and hence the need for
these universities to produce
graduates in education. If we need
quality education, we need quality
teachers,” he said.

Shekarau explained that the next
step was for the Ministry of Justice
to prepare amendment to the laws
establishing the colleges.
This, he explained, would be
followed by some administrative
changes.

The minister added that the council
had approved the establishment of
the Federal University of Health
Sciences in Otukpo, Benue State.
Until the approval, the university
was said to be the College of
Medical Health Sciences under the
Federal University of Agriculture,
Makurdi.

He said the institution had now
been granted autonomy as part of
continuous efforts to ensure quality
graduates into the various fields of
medicine and sciences.
So, a total of five universities were
approved at the council meeting
today,” the minister added.

It’s a welcome development .

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