By Stephen Ibem
Hon Minister of Education,Mallam Adamu Adamu
The Chairman, Governing Council of City College of Education, CCE, Karu, Nasarawa State, Nigeria, Chief Gabriel Friday Amu, has recently bagged a prestigious award of Excellence in Service Delivery and philanthropy from a consortium of African media practitioners under the umbrella of Instant Africa Magazine.
The award, which was received on his behalf by the Managing Director of the College, Mrs Helen Uja, was in recognition of Chief Amu’s selfless service to humanity and philanthropic trait exemplified by the over 300 indigent students under his scholarship.
Chief Amu, since 2003, when the college was founded and received formal accreditation of all its courses, has consistently been churning out skilled teachers. The college offers National Certificate of Education, NCE, courses and has kept to its policy of maintaining high standard in this regard.
Chief Amu, has, as his manner, been too gracious to the indigent students of his institution, granting them scholarship. This is remarkable as most of the beneficiaries would state. They expressed gratitude to the chairman’s unusual magnanimity, explaining that without his philanthropic gesture ‘’some of us wouldn’t have been educated to this level.’’
They added that the award never came to them as a surprise but deserving for a man who has invested so much of his personal resources in educating the poor students of his college. They see themselves as proud holders of NCE, which they couldn’t have attained if Chief Amu had not sponsored them.
Earlier on her part, the college’s Managing Director, Mrs Uja thanked the award presenters, explaining that it is one of the many awards so far adorning the college. Mrs Uja added that despite some challenges, the college has kept to its policy of excellence in tertiary education. ‘’We are bold to say we do not compromise standard here which is comparable to any standard anywhere in the world.’’
Why the college chose to pick the tab of educating the indigent students, the college’s MD, says it is to make education available to willing students who have interest in education but have no resources on their own to attain it.
While commending the award presenters, she however used the occasion to call on government to support what the college is doing whichever manner possible, noting that the college is one of the privately owned institutions in the country that have met all requirements for degree awarding institutions. This, she says, would not have been possible ‘’if we have not maintained a high standard.’’
We have innovative teaching with such means to facilitate it as electronic board theatres. The college is formally approved by Federal government and all its courses accredited by National Commission for Colleges of Education.’’ She added that across the federation and beyond, graduates of the college are holding their own in teaching field and that they are rated highly.
In his remark the College’s Provost, Pastor Philip O. Omonoda, revealed that the college is a teacher education school with assignment to teach NCE courses. Scholarship, Pastor Omonoda, reveals ‘’is on-going. The college, through the large-heartedness of the chairman, has been granting scholarship to indigent students most regularly. Because of our high standard, Omonoda disclosed students come from far and near.’’
He saw the award as an encouragement ‘’for us to continue to do more not only in the area of scholarship but also in delivering quality education to our students, students we can be proud of.’’
City College of Education located at Karu, Narasawa State is privately owned with a large student population.