By Salihi Abubakar Bello & Patrick Onu
The Federal Colleges of Education (Technical) Bichi chapter of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has urged relevant stakeholders in the Nigerian education project and the world to come to the rescue of the deplorable state of teacher education in the country.
In a press conference organized by COEASU and held at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Press Center, Kano, recently, the Chairman COEASU (Technical) Bichi chapter, Malam Salisu Yunusa said the conference should not be seen as a mere avenue for unionist to push their demands, rather using the medium to charge all local and international media organizations to beam their search light on all teacher training institutions across the country to ascertain the issues raised during the press conference.
Yunusa disclosed that since the inception of the college in 1987, it has successfully been carrying out its mandate and churning out thousands of well-trained teachers who are contributing meaningfully to the Nigerian education sub sector at all levels, regrettably he said the status is doubtful at the present moment.
According to him, they cannot fold their arms and watch the legacy built over the years of academic excellence being truncated by the current management of the college headed …Provost says accusation baseless by Prof. Bashir Muhammad Fagge due to his clueless and visionless leadership. “We have never had it this bad in the over 30 years of our history as a college.
Today at FCE (T) Bichi, teaching and learning is taking place under the most unbearable conditions. “Academic infrastructures are dilapidating due to lack of maintenance; laboratories, workshops and studios are not functioning optimally due to lack of equipment and consumables, insecurity and lawlessness is alarming due to the complacency of the current management of the college,” he highlighted.
The chairman added that the press conference needed the attention of the general public and critical stakeholders, particularly the Federal Ministry of Education, the National Commission for Colleges of Education and the Colleges Alumni Association to the torrent of complaints from former students, lamenting the inability of the College to issue them their Teachers Registration Council (TRCN) and National Certificate in Education (NCE) certificates for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic sessions.
He mentioned among other complaints nonpayment of 10 months peculiar academic allowance and other entitlements accruing to lecturers and no remittance of N25 million outstanding FCE (T) staff multipurpose cooperative society deductions.
Reacting to allegations, the Provost of the college, Prof. Fagge described as baseless the accusation of COEASU against his leadership style and capability to deliver effective service to the college. Prof. Fagge said he met only six PhD holders among the college teachers when he first assumed duty as the college, but he can boast of having about over 100 PhD holders teaching in the college.
On the allegation of poor remuneration, welfare of college staff, Prof. Fagge attributed it to the Federal Government inability to make the funds available to the college to execute some projects or settle some outstanding demands.
He added that several of college academic staff have attended trainings and courses under his watch which the record is at his disposal for anyone to make reference to.