Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze
Our dear alma mater the source of our progress
Technical knowledge from you we gain
To educate for self-reliance
Your noble motto we uphold
Hail! Great Federal College of Education (Tech.) Umunze
Our noble alma mater
We honour you
We salute you
Through your master programme for self-reliance
Vocational Training we pursue.
Hail! Great College of Education (Tech.) Umunze
We lift up your banner to show the light
Toward education for knowledge and production
By perseverance and high dedication
The peak of your goals shall be attained.
The Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze is presently located in Umunze, Headquarters of Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Presently academic work is going on both at the temporary and permanent sites. The temporary site is about 2km from the center of the town.
Umunze is perhaps unique in that it is so centrally located, that is within easy reach of the most cities in Eastern part of the country such as Onitsha, Aba, Awka, Owerri, Enugu, Nnewi, Umuahia and Asaba. Most of the cities being approximately one hour away by road. Enugu Airport is not far from Umunze, Enugu and Umuahia is the nearest points of the railway.
NKAH BESSIE, C
Nkah Bessie C was appointed the Registrar of the College in May 2021.
She joined the College in 1996 as a Higher Executive Officer and by dint of hard work, rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Registrar in the Council Affairs Unit of the College.
She served in various capacities at the Registry Unit, including various standing and ad-hoc committees.
Nkah had her early education at Primary school, Ihite and Girls’ High School, Ihite in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State where she obtained her FSLC and SSC in 1982/1988 respectively.
In 1991/1994, she obtained her OND/HND in Mass Communication from Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State. She later obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Imo State University and M.Sc in Public Administration (2006) from the same institution.
For her untiring quest and thirst for education, she is currently running her PhD programme at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
She is also a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (Chartered); member, Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria; and fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria. She is also a member of the Women in Colleges of Education in Nigeria (WICE).
Nkah is a consummate administrator, proficient communicator and a service oriented personality.
In addition, she has served in over 18 standing and ad hoc Committees of the College. She also attended several workshops; conferences and seminars within and outside Nigeria.
Nkah’s areas of interest include: Humanitarian services, missionary work for God and humanity, listening to news and reading.
She is happily married and blessed with children.
Dr Tessy Obumneme Okoli is the 4th Substantive Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Anambra State. On her appointment on May 17, 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, she became the first staff of the College to rise to her career peak as Provost. She is also the National Secretary, Association of Women in Colleges of Education (WICE) in Nigeria.
Known for breaking new grounds, Okoli’s long walk to greatness started right from the cradle. Born to the family of Aniagboso in Okpuifite Village, Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area, Anambra State, she attended St Augustine’s Primary School in Ogun State and later Girls Secondary School, Awgbu (1979-1984), where she obtained the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE).
She emerged the best graduating student, Department of Agric Education, Anambra State College of Education in 1988. She further bagged her first degree in Agric Education from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in 1990 and obtained her M.Ed in 1995 from the same university. She also obtained Ph.D from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) in 2011.
Dr Okoli, a strong advocate of women education and empowerment, joined the Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze on March 3, 1992 as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Education. She rose through the ranks to become a Principal Lecturer in 2007 and later Chief Lecturer on October 1, 2011.
Before her appointment as Provost, Dr Okoli had served the College in various capacities for the past 26 years. During that period, she mentored and inspired hundreds of young people to obtain higher academic qualification.
For her exemplary academic leadership qualities, she served as the Dean, School of Agriculture & Home Economics Education (1999 – 2002 & 2015), Coordinator, Continuing Education Programme (CEP) (2013-2014). She also served as Dean Students Affairs (2002-2009), Coordinator Sandwich Programme, (2007- 2009, 2010 -2013), H.O.D. Agricultural Education (1996- 1998), Acting Dean, School of Agriculture & Home Economics Education (1999-2002), Coordinator College Permanent Campus (2002-2004), among others.
She served as the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) Resource Person of Accreditation Team to FCE Eha-Amufu in 2016. 1n 2016, she served as a Consultant on Capacity Building in the Fadama III AF World Bank Assisted Project. She also served as a Resource Person in Special Modular Agricultural Science Workshop for the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN) in 2012.
She is currently the National Secretary of Association of Women in Colleges of Education (WICE), a position she assumed since 2016. She is also the Chairman, Forum for African Women Educationalist of Nigeria (FAWEN), FCE(T) Umunze Chapter, an organisation that champions literacy campaign among Nigerian women and vulnerable groups.
An erudite scholar, Dr (Mrs) Okoli is a member of various professional associations, including the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI) (International Chapter), World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (Nigeria Chapter), Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Certified Teacher, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Association of Teacher of Technology (NATT), Women in Colleges of Education (WICE), the Academic Forum (TAF), and several others.
Dr (Mrs) Okoli has won several awards, including the Ambassador for Peace by Universal Peace Federation (2015), Justice of Peace (JP) for Anambra State by Chief Judge of the state (2015), Academic Noble International Award by the Institute of Industrial Administration, Port Harcourt (2012), Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Administration (FIIA) (2012), Fellow of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration Ghana (2012), and others. She also holds a chieftaincy title, MmaChinyelugo conferred on her by the Orumba Traditional Rulers Council.
In 2019, the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) conferred a distinguished Alumni Award on Dr Okoli in recognition of her remarkable contribution in promoting Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country. She was also named the TVET Expert of the Week by a Norwegian Magazine, Lucubrate for her passionate drive for skills acquisition and entrepreneurship education in the country.
She also bagged an excellence in leadership award by the Women in Colleges of Education (WICE), South East Zone, as well as Eminent Christian Award by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Women Wing, Anambra State Chapter.
Dr Okoli added another feather to her cap in 2019 when the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), South East Zone conferred on her a labour friendly award in recognition of her peaceful disposition to labour issues and according staff welfare a deserved priority.
A good manager of men and resources, Dr Okoli is a goal getter. Under her watch as Provost, the Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Anambra State, was rated first among the 21 Colleges of Education in Nigeria by the Presidential SERVICOM Assessment team during the 2019 exercise. Within one year in office, she secured the NCCE approval of additional six new NCE programmes in FCE(T) Umunze, and also the approval of the College as a JAMB CBT Centre.
She is an erudite scholar, who has made valuable contributions to the nation’s knowledge economy. She has over 65 publications in reputable academic journals, and several chapter contributions in books and research papers presented at reputable local and international conferences.
She is happily married to a medical practitioner, Dr H.I Okoli, from Ufuma, Orumba North Local Government Area in Anambra State.
To Educate for Self Reliance. The concept behind the College motto resides mainly with the National Policy on Education and in the College Mission Statement which aim at preparing students for self employment. To us, technical and vocational education should be geared towards the acquisition of technical skills and entrepreneurship education which should deal with the skills of vocationalism and self employment competencies. In order to solve the problem of mounting unemployment in Nigeria, students should be educated to be self-reliant.
The College is established on the Philosophy that the institution is set to pursue and reflect excellence in the production of pre-vocational and vocational teachers and in the furtherance of knowledge and improvement of the practice thereof. The College’s educational and training endeavors shall therefore concentrate in the main, on the production of teachers to teach the vocations/trade and all the vocationally oriented subjects offered in junior secondary schools as well as in primary education. As a tertiary institution, it shall remain rooted, in its practice in the best traditions and principles of conduct of higher education and shall aim at and adopt measures to realize in its life such objectives of higher education as are part of the National Policy on Education
To serve as a catalyst towards creating a centre of academic excellence in research, science and education for the much desired technological advancement in Nigeria
Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze in Anambra State is one of the eight (8) colleges of Education (Technical) established by Decree No. 4 of 14th march, 1986. Perhaps its take off would have been delayed further if not for two principal personages who literarily induced the birth of the college. First was the philanthropic benevolent late Igwe (Dr.) M.N. Ugochukwu, LLB, OFR, and the Pioneer Provost Dr. T.I. Eze who was bent on making something out of nothing, in the face of all odds. At its inception, the College moved to Umunze in November 1989, following a presidential directive. At Umunze, the Institution inherited buildings of the former All Saints Anglican Secondary School. At present, the infrastructures inherited from the school are being renovated and refashioned, as it were, to reflect the grandeur and convenience of a technical teacher institution. In some places in this temporary site of the college, completely new administrative blocks, classrooms, multipurpose hall, school and staff offices, science laboratories, inter-communication networks, computer room, hostels and workshops have sprung up, with heavy machines to reflect the status of a modern technology education environment. In 1999/2000, the administration of Dr. C. V. Nnaka (Mrs.) made a deliberate effort to move the college to her permanent site at Nsogwu with the erection of a gigantic building to house the School of Agric and Home Economics Education. Lectures have already started at the permanent site.
Administratively, the College has seven schools, namely:
School of Agric and Home Economics Education,
School of Business Education,
School of Computer and Science Education,
School of Education and Technical Teachers Certificate,
School of Fine and Applied Arts Education,
School of General studies and Pre-NCE
School of Industrial Technical Education
The NCE programmes, run by the different schools of the college, have recently obtained successful accreditation of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, In addition, the College runs Pre-NCE programme in Business and Vocational Technical Studies from where most of our NCE students are drawn. The College also runs a certificate programme in Computer Programming to HELP provide our Students and the general public with a technological culture as we move into the 21st century.
Since its inception in 1990, the Institution, with an initial student enrolment of 70, has grown by leaps and bounds. Weathering the vicissitudes of a young institution, the college now has a student population of about 2000 with a corresponding increase in staff population. It has also graduated about 1,840 students in various disciplines and at various levels: NCE and technical teachers’ certificate.
The result of the accreditation visit conducted by the National Commission of Colleges of education (NCCE) (1999) showed that all the programmes of the college were accredited for the award of National Certificate in Education (NCE) Technical. The programmes of our newest school, the school of Computer and Science Education, were also accredited. The college is making every effort, under the new administration, to move to the permanent site located at Nsogwu, ‘and it is hoped that these efforts would clearly manifest in the next few years or so. Again, in order to make some contributions to community service and make its presence felt in the surrounding environment, the college set up a staff primary and secondary schools not only to serve her local community but also the wider Nigeria nation.
The college set up her Staff Primary School in 1 991 to cater for the needs of staff and their wards. With a handful of teachers and school, children at inception, the population of both teachers and children has grown steadily since then. Although the Staff Primary School is still operating from rented buildings nearby, it is expected that the college will put up its own primary school building in the permanent site located at Nsogwu village.
Furthermore, in 1994, the college set up a subsidiary Demonstration, Secondary School at a nearby town of Eziaqu to cater for the needs of staff and our ever growing Primary School graduates, The aim of the college in establishing this Demonstration School is to demonstrate in practical terms what a model secondary school should be in a period of economic recession and worsening structural adjustment programmes, At its inception, the school had about eleven members of staff and twenty-eight boys and girls. Since then, the population of both staff and students has grown steadily and it is still growing. It is gratifying to observe that the performance of staff and children in both our Primary and Secondary schools in ensuring qualitative education has been encouraging especially when viewed from their performance in external examinations.
Finally, the college took off under the leadership of the pioneer provost, Dr. T. I. Eze at the temporary site in 1990. Lectures commenced with a handful of staff and pioneer students in May 1990. Because of the crisis in which the college was engulfed in 1996, the founding provost was removed from office following the recommendation of an Administrative Panel of Enquiry set up by the Federal Government. In the interim, the Deputy Provost, Mr. O. Ibe was directed to oversee the college pending the appointment of a new provost.
History was however, made on 10th May, 1990, when the College gate was flung open to the pioneer students who had been waiting anxiously for the take off of the College academic programme. The College started with 70 Students made up of 23 males and 47 females. All the past Provosts and the Acting Provosts have transformed the institution into a modern tertiary school among its equal. The Provost Prof. J. Ogbuagu mni further raised the bar by making the College a degree awarding institution with an increase in population of about 1200 in degree programmes, 6000 in NCE and 455 in Post graduate diploma programme.
The College recorded another mile stone on May 17, 2018 as Dr Tessy Obumneme Okoli was appointed as the 4th Substantive and first Internally Generated Provost.