Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, was last Friday officially installed and decorated as the Visitor of Abia State College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu, just as the school matriculated over 121 students into its various fields of study.
Speaking during the occasion, Governor Ikpeazu warmed the hearts of the school management, teachers, parents, students and the entire Abians by directing the school to submit the report of the harmonisation committee on the school’s staff salaries for necessary action on its implementation.
Government, he said, is aware of their predicament in the area of salaries arrears and is also doing everything possible to enable workers in the state receive their salaries promptly.
Ikpeazu, who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, said in its bid to train graduates and arm students with skills to enable them be on their own, the government has established what he called Education-for-Employment and urged the students to take their studies serious.
According to him, being a student of the school is a step in the right direction, pointing out that the government is looking up to them to graduate and contribute meaningfully at all sectors of the state economy.
According to him, the state in particular and the Federal Government in general need the products of the school, warning that many graduates are not employable, noting however that in ASCETA, the students will be armed with skills to be self-sufficient.
The state, he informed, has education as one of its pillars with education-for-employment E-4-E as a one of its components.
He commended the management of the school for the rapid transformation going in the school, with particular reference to the fish pond the Rector established and which the governor said is capable of providing the state with the fish it needs.
He urged all the 17 LGAs in the state to “put on their thinking cap” by generating revenue to supplement what accrues to them from the federal or state government.
He thanked the school for the investiture as the first Visitor to the school as well as the host community for the conducive environment they provided for the school to function.
Earlier in his address, Provost of ASCETA, Dr. Philip Nto, said that in keying into the Ikpeazu-led administration E-4-E policy, the school has in the last one year, made the school the habour of technological skills acquisition through the introduction of innovative programmes to assist students by affiliating them to the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike for the award of degrees after a 4-year programmes among others.
According to him, his administration has the intention of making the school to be amongst the best in the country, and appealed for a better welfare for the staff of the school to encourage them and assist him realise the vision of his administration for the school.
Speaking during the occasion, Chairman of the Governing council of the school, Ndidi Okereke, said that the school under Philip Nto has already commenced the transformation of the school through environmental reclamation, building of structures and staff re-orientation, including admitting the school into beneficiaries of the Tertiary education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
The occasion featured traditional dances by host community and students which the Provost, Philip Nto, relished.