NANCES to Prof. Edema: Thank you for reviving COEWA's relationship with TETFUND

* We are trying to clean up a very bad state, Edema explains

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NANCES to Prof. Edema: Thank you for reviving COEWA's relationship with TETFUND
Prof. Mary Olire Edema (right) receiving proposal for the NANCES symposium from Comrade Mahmud Abubakar

The National President, National Association of Nigeria Colleges of Education Students, NANCES, Comrade Mahmud Abubakar, has thanked the Provost of College of Education, Warri, COEWA, Prof. (Mrs.) Mary Olire Edema, “for reviving the relationship between College of Education, Warri and Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, saying the commendation was sequel to a request by a Director in the tertiary education development body.

Fresh Angle International can report that Comrade Abubakar, gave the commendation Monday October 19, when he led members of his executive on a working visit to the management of College of Education, Warri, at the institution’s campus in Warri, Delta State.

The Students’ Union leader, who disclosed that a sizeable number of his executive were trapped in Benin on their way to Warri as a result of the ongoing EndSARS protests, explained that the visit was to ensure that the management of COEWA adhere to the COVID-19 protocols as students resume for their daily academic activities and to appeal to the COEWA management to host this year’s annual symposium of NANCES.

Comrade Abubakar, who was flanked by the Chairman Advisory Committee of NANCES, Amb. Adediwura Adesina, revealed that the theme of this year’s symposium will be, “Cushioning the effect of COVID-19 on Nigerian students”.


Comrade Mahmud Abubakar, addressing the Management of COEWA



The Provost, College of Education, Warri, Prof. Mary Edema, noted that on assumption of Office in 2016, TETFUND had released 85% fund for critical infrastructural projects in the institution, with the projects below the expected completion stage.

Prof. Edema, explained that she had been scrapping funds to execute the critical infrastructures which include the Language Building, UNIBEN Building, DELSU Building, Theatre Arts Building, Offices, Library Extension and Lecture Theatre, adding that the projects were at various percentages, below the expectations of TETFUND, when she ascended to the position of Provost.




Prof. Mary Olire Edema



The erudite academic, averred that her management team was actually, “trying to clean up a very bad state”, saying many staff still share offices in COEWA.

While noting that her team, has ensured that students actually go for teaching practice by doing secondary supervision, she stated that students can now pay fees in instalment online for accountability, adding that the aim is to properly channel the funds for the overall development of the school.

According to her, a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of hostels for students in the school, would be held in the next few weeks, as part of the infrastructural initiatives of her management.

Prof. Edema, lamented the low enrolment of students for NCE programmes, even as she expressed optimism that with the dual mode being introduced (NCE & B.ED programmes) the students’ enrolment level would increase.

She stated that NCE graduates can work in any organization like their OND counterparts, disclosing that College of Education Warri, had not experienced any COVID-19 positive case since resumption three weeks ago, as a result of its compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.