The leadership of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU)has appealed to the Minister of Education, to ensure an expeditious passage of the Bill for the review of the Colleges of Education Act, pending before the National Assembly.COEASU in a statement signed by the President, Nuhu Ogirima, said the group is optimistic that once the Bill is passed and assented to by Mr. President, it would usher in a new dawn in the Colleges of Education in Nigeria.The President while speaking about the composition of the Management Officers, Principal Officers and Governing Councils of the six (6) new Federal Colleges of Education, commended the President and the Hon. Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.”We commend them for the manifestation of the rare spirit of confidence and trust, exhibited in considering a good percentage of those appointed into the various leadership positions. Nevertheless, the Union is not oblivious of the limitations or constraints imposed by the Acts establishing the COEs and the NCCE, currently undergoing appropriate legislative process at the National Assembly”.” This might have informed some decisions on choice of officers; if anything, such a development should rather be seen as inter-institutional bonds and the promotion of cross-breeding of intellectual ideas among academics in tertiary institutions. However, in the interim, the fulfillment of pledge to repositioning the sector and government’s recourse to merit in these appointments, rather than primordial considerations coupled with the uncommon political will to establish the new colleges is a proof of FGN’s pragmatic sense of purpose to ease access to tertiary teacher-education”.
He also acknowledged, with excitement, the recent appointments of individuals and some seasoned academics with history of capacity and competence, evident in their respective profiles, from within the College of Education system, as Provosts and members of the Governing Councils of the new Federal Colleges of Education. “The Union is particularly delighted by the approval of Mr. President of the nominations of the individuals given the fact that the age-long quest for involvement of individuals with proven record of diligence in service in the COE system has been reflected to an appreciable extent. “
The Union also considers the eventual reconstitution of Governing Councils and Visitation Panels, on the heels of prolonged agitation for their reconstitution, as commendable. “This stems from the mounting existential and seemingly intractable challenges besetting most of the institutions since the completion of tenure of the defunct Councils. The Union views the choice and pedigree of the membership of the various teams as commendable. With specific reference to the headship of the Visitation Panels, it is quite unprecedented, given their track records of patriotism and selfless service to the nation through years of mentoring generations of Nigerian citizens either as academics of repute and, or administrators.”