Oyarekua, who lamented about the situation urged members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to facilitate speedy passage of the draft of the College Law pending before the legislative House since 2014.
The provost, who spoke while receiving members of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology who were at the institution on oversight function, expressed commitment of the college to “producing outstanding educators and researchers to advance the profession of education through research in the science and arts for effective teaching and learning.”
She, however, called for proper funding from government, owners of the college, stressing that the monthly government subvention was grossly inadequate to pay staff salaries and pensioners’ entitlements, thus compelling the college to subsidise it with about N40 million monthly from its meagre internally generated revenue, leaving the college with no fund to run its services.
Oyarekua also listed among needs of the institution to give it a new lease of life to include provisions to end the college’s battles with the problem of inadequate lecture halls, dilapidated infrastructure and poor roads network as well as inability to pay staff salaries.
She explained that the college academic programmes were designed to expose students to contemporary formal and informal training and acquisition of skills and knowledge in various fields of study that would give them competitive edge over their peers around the world.
“That is why our college is placed in the comity of frontline colleges of education in Nigeria in terms of research, human and capital resources development and utilisation of ICT as tool for curriculum implementation,” she stressed.
The provost, who said the college was running about 96 subjects combination in NCE regular and sandwich programmes alongside degree programmes in affiliation with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife noted that the college had established an Entrepreneurial Skill Acquisition Centres for graduates of the college to be self-reliant as well as the establishment of table and sachet water factory to boost the college IGR.
Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Hon Adeshina Animasaun, who praised the pragmatic efforts of the management in confronting its challenges, however, directed the college management to represent the draft to the House, assuring that the lawmakers would give it prompt attention.
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