Tennessee State University, United States of America will soon commence the building and upgrading of the Theatre Arts Department of the College of Education (C.O.E) Agbor, to meet international best practices.
In this regard, the principal staff of the College of Education, Agbor on Monday, June 15, 2019 received Prof. Joe Richie, a delegate from the Tennessee State University, United States of America.
Speaking, the Provost of College of Education, Dr. Joseph Ukadike explained that the coming of the delegate from Tennessee State University to discuss the way forward in commencing the upgrading of the Theatre Arts Department was a dream come true. He disclosed that the upgrading of the department which would include the building of a brand new Theatre Department, installation of the state of the art facilities and modern mass communication gadget, will not only improve the quality of education in the institution but serve the communication needs of Agbor metropolis and its environs.
Dr Ukadike particularly thanked Prof Patrick Idoye, a lecturer in Tennessee State University who is the brain behind the project while promising to cooperate with Tennessee University in order to bring the project to a logical conclusion.
Speaking on behalf of Tennessee State University, the Head of delegation, Prof Joe Richie said that Tennessee State University has a mutual interest with College of Education, Agbor in upgrading the Theatre Arts and Communication Studies and the establishment of Radio and T.V stations in the college.
Prof. Richie added that by that project, Tennessee State University would have succeeded in fulfilling one of her cardinal objectives which is the development of the immediate community thus improving the life of people within the vicinity of the project.
He further revealed that Tennessee State University and the College of Education, Agbor, are partnering in order to deepen the Education and practical dimension of theater and communication studies at College of Education, so as to rebrand the college and heighten its profile on institutions within the framework of international best practices.
The Head of Department of Theatre Arts, Mr. Best Ugala thanked the delegation for their kind gesture in remembering the department of Theatre Arts which has been suffering from lack of facilities to teach the students which often made them to travel to Benin City, Asaba and other places to seek for knowledge which is not always enough.
He reiterated that the project, when fully established as proposed, would not only serve the institution but other institutions around Agbor as well as the entire humanity. He said that the department has enough qualified staff to teach and handle the equipment and that when the equipment are fully installed that they will try their best to protect and maintain them for durability and effectiveness.
The high point of the occasion was the choosing of a conducive site for the commencement of the building with the provost taking the delegation from Tennessee State University, United States of America to different plots of land within the college environment for them to make a choice.
BY PATRICK GBUCHANYE