The Provost of the Federal College of Education, Akoka, Lagos, Dr. Wahab Azeez, has said plans are in the offing to upgrade the institution to a Federal University of Technical Education.
Azeez who was speaking at a press conference to commemorate his two years in the office said an Act that established the college was being amended at the National Assembly to accommodate the upgrade.
Azeez, who assumed office in May 2019, as the 12th provost of the college, said, “The Act that established this college is being amended at the National Assembly; my aspiration is to see that this college is upgraded to the Federal University of Technical Education.
“This is to enable us to provide the means for the students that want to run degree programmes in technical education, and we are already talking with members of NASS on it.
“We need to make the public know the importance of technical education in Nigeria. China is giving preference to technical education and that is the reason for its progress.”
He also said that there was support from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to improve the current state of the college in the areas of infrastructure, learning, and teaching.
Azeez also listed some of the challenges he inherited from the previous administration, including inadequate teaching infrastructure, facilities, problems of landscape, dilapidated hostel accommodation, inadequate power supply, and misrepresentation of the college.
“Now, the issue of water and power supply is being addressed; alternatively, we got a proposal from a consultant to provide solar energy that we can use to power our streetlights and illuminate the entire environment when there is a power failure,” he said.