GUU THE ONLY UNIVERSITY IN NIGERIA THAT CELEBRATED 2021 WORLD’S EDUCATION DAY – PROF. NNENNAYA KANNO
In an effort to build and maintain high quality education in Nigeria, the college of Education, Gregory University Uturu organized a one day seminar to mark the World’s Day.
Speaking during the event, the Vice Chancellor Professor Augustine Uwakwe, who was represented Gregory Universitythe Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Evaristus Anyaehie, thanked everyone for attending the seminar, especially the keynote speaker Professor Mkpa Agu Mkpa, presenters and participants in general. In his word, “I am delighted to welcome everybody to this very occasion.
The College of is therefore, the mother of all colleges because the products of all colleges passed through it. This is why our great visionary and an astute entrepreneur, Chancellor, Professor Gregory Ikechukwu Ibe deemed it fit to establish this college to make the University complete”.
According to him everybody is aware of the menace of COVID-19 in the entire world and Nigeria in particular. The COVID-19 era brought a lot of changes and devastation to every spheres of the society, especially the education sector, hence the theme of this year ‘World Day’, “Recover and Revitalize in COVID-19 Era.”
Professor Anyaehie, added that “it is expedient that is recovered and as well revitalized so as to overcome the trauma of COVID-19 as well as bring education to a stable state for sustainable development”. while welcoming the speakers, he urged the participants to sit tight and partake in the academic harvest.
The Keynote speaker Professor Mkpa Agu Mkpa, who spoke on the topic: Revitalizing Nigerian in the post COVID-19 era” said that he is pleased Gregory Universitythe level of work going on in this institution and I must first commend the Chancellor for this.
In his speech, revitalizing Nigerian must beginning with us, from the teachers, the government and down to the students, all hands must be on deck.
Professor Mkpa, further stressed that COVID-19 brought about the rush hour which negative impacts include: inability of organisations to pay salaries, sorting to pass examination, hardship, etc. More-so, COVID-19 also brought about a new way of doing things in which teaching and learning were done online in a virtual state which results to more realistic assessments.
The former Vice Chancellor of Abia State University, ABSU, enjoined teachers to reformat their psyche, recognize the uniqueness of their calling, determine to strive for self improvement, think and act professionally, develop self assessment mechanism and improve in their self esteem and self confidence, while urging the government to improve in the funding of education sector, create ICT and digital compliance into school system as well as improve the school curriculum. “I encourage the scholars to be disciplined, be ICT compliant, learn how to learn, develop 21st Century skills and entrepreneurial skills that is the only way you can compete favourably in this 21st century”. He added.
The seminar featured three speakers, Professor Mkpa Agu Mkpa, Professor Nnenna Kanno, and Professor Ugochi Njoku.
The chairman local organizing committee, Dr Amarachi Azubuike, advised the scholars to embrace more of academic research than relying only on what the lecturers taught them.
From GUU Media Unit.