The National Universities Commission has given the Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu, the nod to proceed with its undergraduate degree programmes.
The college’s Head of Public Relations, Omololu Ogunmade, said in a statement on Thursday that with the approval, which also included the expansion of the college’s academic programmes, the institution would henceforth, in collaboration with the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, award degrees in various academic programmes accredited by the NUC.
He stated, “The move formally put paid to the erstwhile status of the college as a monotechnic, awarding only Higher National Diplomas in Dental Technology and Therapy. According to a letter dated February 10, 2021, the commission authorised the relevant authorities to run these degree programmes in the precinct of the college with FUTO as its mentor, thus upholding the status of the college as an authorised degree awarding institution.
“However, the recent authorisation of the college as a custodian of degree programmes was the fallout of National Assembly Act No. 8 of 2017, which had hitherto empowered the college to award degrees and diplomas. This legal framework tagged: ‘Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy (Establishment) Act, 2017’, propelled the affiliation of the college with FUTO after the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari on December 5, 2017.
“The college consequently put the machinery in place to measure up to the new status accorded it by the Act, as it proceeded to reorganise and restructure its programmes and system. Thus, the college under the visionary leadership of the Rector, Dr. John Emaimo, engaged no fewer than 21 PhD holders as lecturers, equipped its laboratories, clinics and libraries in its aggressive drive to meet NUC’s requirements for its degree-awarding status, which it eventually secured.