The Federal Government has downgraded Alvan Ikoku University of Education to a federal college of education. The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, Prof. Joshua Monday, while briefing newsmen in Owerri, the Imo state capital, said that owing to a presidential directive earlier in the month, the upgrading of the institution from a federal college of education to a university had been put on hold. more after the cut…
Monday, who said he was in Owerri with his directors to clarify certain issues surrounding the directive, recalled that due to genuine agitations and aspirations, four Colleges of Education across the country were in the last week of May, 2015 elevated to universities of education. This elicited jubilation in the various academic communities.
He said, “At the time, the four newly elevated universities were running smoothly as the fur former provosts were made Deputy Vice Chancellors in their various institutions. Early this month of August, a new directive was issued that the upgrade to a university should be put on hold.
“This stirred up mixed feelings and strong sentiments but one thing is certain, the President has spoken; whether it is a college or university, it belongs to the Federal Government.”