Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, on Tuesday, in Abudu, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state, assured that the state would regain its position as the education hub in Nigeria.
Obaseki gave the assurance shortly after inspecting the current construction work of the College of Education in Abudu, which he said would focus on the training of teachers for pre-primary and primary schools.
Recall that there are three Colleges of Education in Edo — Igueben College of Education, the one in Abudu and that located at Afuze.
According to the governor, Igueben will focus on training teachers who will teach technical subjects, and the one in Afuze will focus on special education.
“We are expecting that Abudu will be open to students before July this year. It’s almost ready for occupation. We are just finalizing the faculty, the accreditation team has been here and am quite impressed with the quality and pace of work.
“It has been an unusual year. In the last one year, not much has happened. The contractors have to leave the site to protect their workers; the supply chain has been disrupted, but in spite of the delay, you will agree with me that a lot has been achieved.
“That work has progressed at a pace slightly ahead of what we expected because of coronavirus. Some of the other campuses have students, Igueben has students, we are scaling up the number of students by expanding the number of facilities,”
He further assured that the state is in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the government of Korea.
“The right facilities will be put in this place so that we can train teachers practically in the use of technology, using technology to train these students and imbibing in them the culture of technology from a tender age,”