Ikere College of Education establishes anti-corruption unit

 The newly appointed Provost, College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, in  Ekiti State, Dr Mojisola Oyarekua has establshed an anti-corruption unit at the college to checkmate embezzlement of funds and to prevent harassment of students by lecturers.

The Provost, who  made the disclosure in Ikere Ekiti yesterday during a chat with newsmen added that she has has created this unit to fortify the public procurement unit in a bid to to rise to the challenge of financial profligacy  in the College.

Mrs Oyarekua who declared that she was ready for the consequences or the aftermath of the effect from her anti corruption war at the college, added that she knew that the action may make her to step on toes

“There is no way I won’t step on toes. One cannot be embezzling money or engaging in alteration of  results or harassing students sexually without being challenged. That I will step on toes does not mean I should not fight corruption”, she said.

Speaking on  the dwindling interest for College of Education in Nigeria,  Oyerekua said the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination has approved the request of the College to admit more students while quality assurance department has been established to ensure that quality graduates are produced in the institution   .

Oyerekua said she has hired the services of some consultants on how to revamp the moribund College farms and also working on how to increase productions at the College Ventures , being part of the strides to increase the internally generated revenue.

“We are looking at how to increase the qualities of  NCE graduates in this College  and that is why we are exposing our students to one vocation per session, so that they will have option after graduation.

“We are not comfortable with how they are discriminating against the NCE graduates in the labour market. Though, students will pass through practical agriculture in the course of the entrepreneurial course, but we are not going to make it compulsory. It is going to be by interest”.

“There should be incentives for teachers, facilities must be provided, schools must be refurbished , environment must be made conducive for both teachers and students .If you just employ 500,000 teachers without laboratory equipment and necessary facilities , what quality would they give? It is high time we identified and articulate our plans for academic quality”, she

She however disclosed that the college ikere Ekiti is strengthening the entrepreneurial  and vocational  education in the institution in such a way that  each student would be exposed to one skill per session, including farming to serve as alternatives to white collar jobs after graduation.


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