The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has applaud the Federal Government for upgrading the Adeyemi College of Education, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Federal College of Education, Zaria  Federal College of Education, Kano to universities.

A statement issued by NANS and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja said the Federal Government had proved that it attached premium to education.

The statement, signed by the NANS’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Nwankwo Ezekiel, said it was a gesture worthy of commendation.

According to the statement, it indicated that the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan is not paying lip service to the sector.

“The upgrade will go a long way in restoring the dignity of the teaching profession and giving the students and lecturers of the institutions a sense of belonging.

“The case of Alvan Ikoku College of Education is particularly elating as it is a foremost College of Education that has produced many distinguished teachers, administrators, businessmen and political leaders,” it said.

The statement urged the incoming administration to redeem its campaign promises, especially that of giving free education to Nigerian students at all levels.

It would be recalled that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had on May 22 approved the upgrade of four federal colleges of education to the status of universities of education.

They are the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri; Federal College of Education, Kano; Federal College of Education, Zaria; and Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.

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