By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
Female Staffers of Colleges of Education in Nigeria under the aegis of the national association of women in Colleges of Education, WICE Saturday concluded its 24th annual general conference and workshop in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital.
In her welcome address, National president of the association, Dr Zipporah Duguryil pledged the willingness and the desire of WICE under her leadership to continue promoting professionalism and good ethics amongst members of the association and in the colleges of education as specialized institutions in the nation.
Speaking against the back drop of lack of professionalism by some teaching staff in Nigeria public and private schools, Duguryil harped that the association in a bid to check mate that have commenced mentorship and role model training for public secondary schools girl students, stressing that soon WICE would be doing same for private schools just as she applauded the provost of colleges of Education in different parts of the country for giving them the privilege to operate as an association amongst others.
Also speaking, Chairman of the Bayelsa State Chapter of WICE, Mrs Linda Goin said the association through concerted efforts have created synergies amongst female staffers of the State’s own College of Education, stressing that while the association continues to hold professionalism and academic ethics high, WICE has also carved a niche for itself as they have become a nurturing agent for female students in the nation’s tertiary institutions, just as she called on the government to be supportive of the activities of the association.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘curbing emerging challenges in contemporary Nigeria’ with the sub-theme, ‘improving work place efficiency through training and retraining of basic workforce’.
Presenting her keynote address, vice chancellor Maritime University, Akerenkoko Delta State, Professor Ngoebi Etebu described the hallmark of productivity of workforce as efficiency, effectiveness and quality.
Etebu said, “allow me to start this address by first of all doing a critical analysis of the workshop theme, captioned improving workplace efficiency through training and retraining of basic workforce. She continued, what is quality? A system of methods for the cost effective provision of goods or services whose quality is fit for the purchasers requirements.”
According to the vice chancellor, due to the peculiar terrain of the Niger Delta States noted for oil exploration and exploitation the environment, people and workforce are prone to hazards and degradation, maintaining that this could be curbed through adequate regulatory response in terms of monitoring the concentration of contaminants and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Meanwhile, the provost, Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama, Bayelsa State, host institution of the 2019 WICE conference, professor Timothy Epidi has eulogized the association for choosing the college as the host for this year’s event, emphasizing that during his time as the provost of the academic institution, the women organization both at the college and its national office would be given the needed support to continue to operate without hindrance just as he described the Sagbama branch as a rallying point.