The Provost of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State, Prof Josephat Ogbuagu, mni added more feathers to his cap, as he was honoured recently with three leadership awards in recognition of his contribution towards the growth of the College and service to humanity. The Transformation of Anambra Network (TAN) conferred on him the Award of Excellence as a pillar of community development and health empowerment.

Like a gold fish that cannot hide, the Agulu Empowerment Committee and Youth Community Nigeria bestowed on him an award of honour in recognition of his contribution to youth development in Agulu community. Also, Agulu Community in Orumba awarded him the Ugo Mba Agulu (The Eagle of Agulu Community) in recognition of his youth empowerment initiatives and exemplary leadership.

The Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, who presented the TAN Award to Prof Ogbuagu, extolled his leadership qualities and urged him not to relent in his good work. The award ceremony was also attended by the Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Political Matters, Hon Nkechi Ogbuefi and a host of other dignitaries.

While presenting the Ugo Mba Agulu Award to Prof Ogbuagu, the Chairman of Agulu People in Orumba LGA, Dr Chike Obienyem, lauded Ogbuagu’s capacity building initiatives, which had motivated several youths to invest their energies in productive ventures. He said his leadership as the FCE(T) Provost opened windows of opportunities for infrastructural and human resource development in the institution.

Dr Obienyem said Prof Ogbuagu is piloting the affairs of the institution with utmost prudence and efficiency, and enhanced the integrity of the NCE and degree certificates awarded by the college. According to him, his visionary leadership brought rapid transformation in the college, raising it to an enviable standard through the provision of infrastructure, spacious lecture and administrative blocks, and introduction of more courses for the students.

While receiving the awards, Prof Ogbuagu expressed joy that his modest achievements were recognised by some people. He stressed the need for selfless leadership that would enhance both community and national development. He promised to sustain his zeal in pursuing policies and programmes that would make FCET Umunze a college of choice and the nation’s pride.

He said: “Before assuming this office, I wrote my mission statement and I thank God that we have been striving to build a modern College of Education within the limits of available resources”.