Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says plans are underway to upgrade the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto (SSCOE) into University of Education.
The governor said this on Monday at the 22nd convocation and 50th anniversary of the college in Sokoto.
Tambuwal said that the twin successes being celebrated by the college was a testimony to the uncommon and trademark foresight, vision, creativity and leadership acumen, historically associated with the leaders of the area for over two centuries.
“Equally important to note is that SSCOE is one of the high-ranking teacher training institutions and is among the largest producers of teachers in Nigeria.
“We fully acknowledge the efforts of the initiators, successive administrations and the leaders who nurtured the college to this enviable level,” he said.
The governor appreciated the efforts of the college council, management, staff and students for maintaining relative peace and enabling environment for academic activities.
He, however, urged the college council and management to work harder to improve the quality of teachers being produced by the institution.
He stressed that this had become imperative in order to achieve higher standards in basic and secondary education.
“While I am happy for the progress recorded by the college over the past 50 years, I also urge the leadership of this glorious institution to be more prepared to position the college for greater achievements in the 50 years ahead.
“This calls for renewed vigour, creativity, innovative ideas, quality control, cooperation and collaboration for the college to attain its vision of impacting knowledge and skills suited for teaching practice in the 21st Century.” he added.
Tambuwal also commended the convocation lecturer, former Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger, for accepting to answer the call of his alma mater and for sharing his wealth of experience, as part of the activities lined up for the institution’s celebration.
He congratulated the college awardees, describing their awards as well-deserved honours.
“Awards received in today’s August occasion epitomise the recognition of your meritorious service to humanity, and I urge you not to relent,” he said.
While also congratulating the graduating students on their educational achievements, the governor advised them to consider the event as motivation to spur them into acquiring further qualifications in teacher education.
Tambuwal urged students of the institution to take advantage of being in the college to build their future.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Governing Council of SSCOE, Alhaji Ahmad Gusau, commended the state government for its support and commitment to the development of the institution.
One of the highpoints of the event was the conferment of fellowship awards on six dignitaries: Dr Babangida Aliyu, Amb. Shehu Malami, Prof. Baffa Aliyu, Dr Muhammad Bunza, Alhaji Bala Shagari and Alhaji Abdullahi Adiya.