The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation has donated over 1,000 books to the Federal College of Education (FCE) in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Presenting the books to the institution on behalf of the Foundation, the College’s Governing Council Chairman, Dr Anthony Obi, said they would assist both the teachers and students in their studies and research.
Obi said the council approached the Foundation for assistance in view of the scarcity of teaching and reading materials and the need to boost the quality of education.
He said the books were in different fields including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English and Mathematics.
He said colleges of education across the country are the foundation for those aspiring to make a career in teaching and emphasised the urgent need to provide teaching materials and other learning aids.
He urged the management to make adequate use of the books and explore ways of attracting more.
Receiving the books, the Provost of the College, Dr James Bassey Ejue, praised Obi for making the contact with the Foundation, which led to the donation.
“This is the first time the college has got this kind of gesture of partnering with non-governmental organisation towards achieving its core mandate. We will utilise it maximally for the benefit of staff and students,” Ejue said.
He said the efforts of the current administration had paid off with the donation, adding that there are plans to reach out to other agencies and organisations for further assistance.
“The policy thrust of the administration is to encourage mutually beneficial partnership with agencies, organisations and individuals with a view to accelerating development as well as achieving the institution’s mandate,” he said.
The books were handed over to the librarian, Mr. Godwin Angianting.