ALVAN IKOKU FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, OWERRI


Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, was established in the year 1963 as the Advanced Teachers Training College, Owerri, by the Eastern Nigerian Government, and took off in the old shell camp purchased by the Government, with an initial intake of 150 students.

The College was established as the Advanced Teachers College with UNESCO Technical Assistance right from the beginning and, in keeping with the Ashby Report on Higher Education in Nigeria which led to its establishment, it was charged with the responsibility of producing teachers of intermediate manpower grade.

The College was closed down along with other Educational Institutions in Eastern Nigeria during the civil war (1967-1970) and reopened at the present site built with the assistance of the British Government, at the end of the war.

The Institution became a College of Education through the Edict No 11 of May 31, 1973, promulgated by his Excellency, the Administrator of East-Central State of Nigeria, Ukpabi Asika. It was named Alvan Ikoku College Of Education in honour of Alvan Ikoku, a great educationist founder of the first indigenous (African Owned) Secondary School In Eastern Nigeria (Aggrey Memorial Grammar School, Arochukwu) and for many years President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers.

The College has continued to grow from strength to strength since its inception. With an initial intake of 150 students, the population of students grew up to 450 in 1973 and 2900 in 1980. By 2010, the student population of the College had risen to about 11,000 students and about 500 academic staff. In 1976, a campus of the College was established at Umuahia , occupied by the Department of Agricultural Sciences. This was followed up by the establishment of another campus of the college at Orlu in 1981. However, these two campuses were closed down in 1987 when the College reverted to a one-campus institution.

The first Principal of the College was Mr A.J Brooks, a UNESCO expert. At the end of the civil war in Nigeria in 1970, Mr. J.O Wachukwu who was Mr. Brooks’s counterpart became the Principal. Later that year Mr. Wachukwu was recalled to the Ministry of Education and Mr. J.O Munonye became the new Principal of the College. With its new status as a College of Education in 1973, the head of the institution became known as the Provost. In January 1974, Professor B.O Ukeje was appointed the first Provost of the College.

The establishment of the Alvan Ikoku College of Education can be describe as a milestone in the history of Teacher Education in the Country. As an autonomous institution for teaching, training, research and organizing education at a higher level, the College has contributed immensely in the production of quality teachers for the Nigeria education system. Since 1984, the College has been affiliated with the University of Nigeria Nnsuka for the production of graduate teachers, leading to the award of Bachelor’s degree in their subject areas combined with education.

The Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, is a child of destiny, in 2007, the college was taken over by the Federal Government of Nigeria, and the college became the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, under the Federal Ministry of Education and governed by a council appointed by that Ministry. Between 2007 and 2009, Dr. H.C. Amadi acted as the Provost of the College. History was however made in 2009 with the appointment of the first-ever female Provost of the College, Dr. (Mrs.) Blessing C. Ijioma, an academic staff and Reader in the Biology Department of the College. Sir. B.C Maduka of the Department of Agriculture was appointed as the Deputy Provost of the College.

With the Federal Government take-over, the college has witnessed a phenomenal infrastructural growth and a new lease of life for staff of the institution. Staff and students have also grown in number and their composition reflects the Federal status of the College.

COUNCIL CHAIRMEN OF ALVAN IKOKU FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (FROM 1973)
NAME DURATION
MR R. A. NJOKU 1973 to 1975
BARR. C. M. C ABANGOWE 02/05/1977 to 11/10/1977
BARR. F. O. IHEANACHO 12/10/1977 to 30/11/1980
DR. J. O. J. OKEZIE 01/12/1980 to 30/11/1982
DR. R. O. ASOBIE 01/12/1982 to 18/11/1983
EZE (DR.) FEYI WABOSO 09/08/1985 to 26/02/1987
PROF. C. O. NWACHUKWU 02/07/1987 to 08/06/1990
JUSTICE ABAI IKWECHEGH (Rtd.) 24/01/1991 to 09/11/1992
PROF. M. O. IJERE 20/12/1993 to 20/12/1993
PROF. T. A. UME 08/08/1994 to 04/12/1995
ENGR. EMEKA EKWEBELEM 17/08/1999 to 18/12/2006
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPOINTED BOARDS
NAME DURATION
PROF. JAMES ALACHI 01/04/2009 to 09/08/2011
PRINCE AJIBOLA OYINLOLA 13/05/2013 till date

Schools

The College has 6 Schools which include the:

  • School of Agriculture and Vocational Studies
  • School of Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Natural Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of General Studies

Principals/Provosts

PRINCIPALS AND PROVOSTS OF THE COLLEGE
NAME DURATION
Mr. A. J. BROOKS (UNESCO expert)
Mr. J. O. WACHUKWU 1970
Mr. MUNONYE 1970 – 1974
Prof. B. O. UKEJE (First Provost) 1974 – 1980
Prof. S. N. NWOSU 1980 – 1985
Prof. N. A NWAGWU 1986 – 1992
Prof. E. N. EMENYONU 1992 – 1995
Dr. DAN ONWUKWE (Acting) 1995
Prof. A. E. Afigbo (Sole Administrator) 1996 – 1997
Prof. L. E AMADI 1997 – 1999
Dr. DAN ONWUKWE 1999 – 2004
Prof. NGOZI UWAZURIKE 2004 – 2009
Dr. H. C. AMADI (Acting) 2009 – 2010
Dr. (Mrs.) Blessing C. IJIOMAH 2010- Date

Academics

The establishment of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri in 1963, just three years after Nigeria’s independence was a milestone in the annals of education in Nigeria, especially the South-East. As an institution solely disposed to research, teaching and training teachers for both the intermediate and higher education sectors, the College has in the past fifty years contributed immensely to the production of quality teachers in the country. In 1981, the College became affiliated with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the premier University in the country, to award the Bachelor’s degree in various subject areas in combination with Education.

Students

The College houses the students in hostels named alphabetically from A-I. The College has students from all over the country and several countries from West Africa, especially the Spanish speaking countries whose citizens come to study English at the International Centre for English Studies (ICES). Interestingly, the College has a predominantly female student population with females making up over 80%. Consequently, the female volleyball team is one of the strongest in the collegiate games in the country, consistently winning gold or silver in the Nigerian College of Education Games (NICEGA).

The Sandwich programme caters for people pursuing a teaching career who want to improve their education. The Sandwich students study during the holidays when the regular undergraduate students have dispersed and primary and secondary schools are on break. The Sandwich system has enabled many teachers to get the relevant credentials to progress in the teaching profession.

The students have a Student Union Government (SUG) led by an elected President and a Students Representative Council (SRC), a body of elected student legislators. Inspite of the dominant female population, the SUG Presidents have always been males.

Demonstration Centres

The College runs demonstration centres. They are AIFCE Kindergaten/Nursery School, AIFCE Staff Primary School and the Alvana Model Secondary School. The Staff primary school was set up in 1983 and the secondary school started in October, 1994. The demonstration centres were established to help teachers and students carry out their teaching practice activities, a major requirement for graduation, and to solve the educational needs of the staff and general public by providing professionally run schools at the three levels.

Notable Alumni

Ms Comfort Obi – Publisher of The Source Magazine
Dr. (Mrs.) Kema Chikwe – Ambassador, Minister, Politician
Sen. Emma Anosike – Politician
Bishop Ngozi Durueke – Clergy