Prosper Nkwocha, provost and proprietor, Harvard Wilson College of Education, Aba, Abia State, has observed that education industry is key to the prosperity of a nation’s economy and increase of the quality of citizens lives.
Nkwocha in his address at the 6th convocation and 9th matriculation ceremony of the institution observed that the year 2020, which he referred to as the “year of promise” is coming fast and urged all stakeholders to close ranks and work assiduously to achieve the promise of the nation.
According to him, the year of promise, 2020, is coming fast. We must now close ranks and work assiduously to achieve the promise, which will make Nigeria to become the 20th most developed country in the world, popularly known as Vision 20, 2020.
He stated that the road to economic development in the country, would not clear until the problems of education are effectively dealt with.
In his words, “education is the hub of economic development and a rotten hub cannot carry the spokes that will turn the wheel of economic development.”
He however affirmed that the present level of awareness in the education sector has motivated strategic plans for the development of the education sector that would propel Nigeria’s economy accordingly.
“It is for this purpose also that teacher-education has assumed a new prominence in this country, thus pushing the college of education to the fore, to produce the much needed high quality teachers who must be knowledgeable, skilled and professional for the basic level, and most critical part of the education system.
“We are therefore proud to belong to the education industry in Nigeria, while looking forward to being in the dynamo that will lift the nation to the top competitive level in the international economy,” he affirmed.
Harvard Wilson College of Education started in 1997 as a study centre and examination preparation outfit. In 2001/2002 it upgraded to a College of Arts and Science, with the state government’s approval in 2003.
The institution got final approval to run a college of education in October 2005 from the Federal Ministry of Education, after the necessary inspections.
Consequent upon this, the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) registered the College with the Joint Admission and Matriculation (JAMB) which has been posting students to the institution with its former name, Redemption College of Education.