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NBTE issues certificates to 64 newly approved private technical institutions

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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) says it has issued certificates to 64 newly approved private Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in the country.

The Executive Secretary of board, Dr Masa’udu Kazaure, said this in a statement on Thursday in Kaduna.

He listed the institutions to include 18 polytechnics, two monotechnics, four Colleges of Health Science and Technology, 32 Innovation Enterprises Institutions (IEIs) and eight Vocational Enterprise Institutions (VEIs).

The executive Secretary said that the establishment of the private technical institutions was in line with government effort to increase access to technical education.

Kazaure explained that the IEIs and VEIs were institutions approved by the government to provide veritable alternative route to higher education in the country.

“They are basically private institutions that offer vocational, technical, technological or professional education and other skills-based training to equip our youths and working adult to meet increasing demand for technical manpower.

“This is a Federal Ministry of Education initiative with the aim of widening access to TVET as well as serving the needs of the industry and self-empowerment of the nation’s citizens,” he said.

He said that the NBTE had been encouraging the establishment of more private polytechnics, IEIs and EVIs to diversify and expand access to technical skills-based training.

He added that from form 2007 to date, the government had granted approval to 56 private polytechnics, 152 IEIs and 70 VEIs, in addition to colleges of health science and technology among others.

“Currently, the board has under its purview; 131 polytechnics, 33 colleges of agriculture, 50 colleges of health science and technology, 31 specialised institutions, 152 IEIs, 79 VEIs and 119 technical colleges.

“In keeping with its mandate, NBTE has continued to ensure that quality assurance is maintained in the delivery of programmes of institutions by undertaking accreditation visitations to institutions and programmes that are due.

“From 2018 to date, the board has visited 80 institutions and carried out accreditation and reaccreditation of 417 programmes, verified 46 programmes, and carried out resource inspection of 241 institutions.

“We equally carried out resources inspection and verification of 28 programmes and carrying capacity verification of 24 institutions,” he added.

The NBTE boss also said that the desire to tailor curricula to be demand-driven, had also compelled the board to undertake the development and review of over 56 curricula from 2016 to date.

He further said that curricula were also developed in new and emerging fields, including Higher National Diploma (HND), Explosive Ordinance and National Diploma (ND) and HND Railway Engineering Technology.

Others are HND Aviation Management, ND Cement Engineering Technology and HND Mechatronics Engineering Technology.

He identified proliferation of illegal institutions across the county as one of the major challenges facing the board, adding, however, that the board was working hard to eradicate the menace.

The statement quoted the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, as saying at the occasion that the Federal Government was working hard to reposition the economy to a knowledge-based economy.

Adamu added that private sector participation in tertiary education management and administration would help address the problem of access to technical education and the shortage of skilled manpower in the country.

“It is on this premise that the Federal Government in 2007, established the IEIs and VEIs in a bid to impart the necessary skills and drive the wheel of progress and development.

“These are institutions that provide skills that translate into inventions, services, products, innovations and best practices that make significant contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Products,” he said.

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Kano Govt approves N26m to settle NECO, NBTE exams debt

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Kano State Government has approved the sum of N60 mllion for the payment of NECO and NBTE examination fees as well as other projects in the education sector in the state.

This was disclosed by the state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the weekly meeting of the State Executive Council held on Monday at the Government House in Kano.

Garba said that N14 million was for the settlement of debt in respect of registration fees for 2018 National Examination Council (NECO) examination for 1, 038 candidates.

He also said N11 million was approved to settle debt owed the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)  for examination conducted  in 2018 for 876 candidates from the state.

Garba said N34 million of the amount approved by the executive council was for immediate repairs and renovation of dilapidated structures at Giginyu Special Primary School in Nassarawa local government

The commissioner disclosed that approval was also given for the rehabilitation of Danguguwa Dam in Dawakin Tofa local government at the cost of N6.9 million.

He reiterated the government’s determination to develop the state’s infrastructure, as part of efforts to improve the wellbeing of the people.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed

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NBTE commends Yabatech for setting standards among Polytechnics

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Prof. Modupe Adelabu, Chairman, Governing Board of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), has commended Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) for setting standard among polytechnics in Nigeria.

Adelabu, who was the former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, gave the commendation while inspecting ongoing TETFund projects in the college.

Yabatech in the latest Polytechnic webometric ranking in Nigeria moved to 3rd position from the 7th position.

Adelabu praised the administration of Mr Obafemi Omokungbe who within a year transformed the college into a peaceful and rancor free environment with stable academic calendar.

She said that if the college continue to maintain its peaceful academic stability, it would soon move to the first position in no distant time.

The NBTE chairman explained that the college had produced personalities who were making waves both in Nigeria and abroad, especially in the area of accounting profession.

According to her, this has been possible due to the quality of staff in the collection of the college.

Adelabu implored the college to invest more in skills development and move to the stage of exporting skills.

She also urged them to also invest more in technical education especially in the area of engineering, adding that Yabatech should be the first point of reference for quality engineers.

Earlier, Omokungbe thanked TETFund for its intervention in the ongoing capital projects in the institution campuses at Yaba and Epe.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Adelabu inspected the construction of Comfort Station, classrooms, offices and highway laboratories, rehabilitation and refurbishment of the  Engineering Block,

She also inspected the construction of the lecture theatre and a two storey building for the School of Management and Business Studies (SMBS).

Adelabu expressed satisfaction on the level of work done in the college.

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NBTE approves 4 national diploma courses in Kwara Arabic college

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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Kaduna, has approved four national diploma courses at Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS), Ilorin.

This is contained in a statement signed by the College’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Abdullateef Yahaya, and made available to Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Ilorin.

The accredited courses are: Accounting, Mass Communication, Library and Information Science,  as well as Computer Science.

“CAILS has been certified to run Ordinary National Diploma (OND) Programmes by the NBTE,’’ it stated.

The statement quoted Mrs Helen Oduntan, the Director of Monotechnic Programmes Department of NBTE, as announcing the approval in Ilorin.

The announcement was made when Oduntan led the Advisory and Resource Verification Team on inspection of the College for accreditation of new courses.

The statement said Oduntan expressed satisfaction with adequate numbers of lecture rooms, office accommodations for both teaching and nonteaching staff members as well as well stocked library with good coverage.

It noted that the verification team observed the availability of digital radio and television studios as well as other laboratories for conducive teaching and learning which were sufficient for the smooth take off of the programmes.

It said that Oduntan stressed the need for Kwara government to expand the enabling law of the college and for a change in the name of CAILS to College of Arabic, Islamic Law and Management Studies (CAILMS).

“This is to create more windows of opportunities for the expansion of the College programmes that will meet contemporary challenges,” it said.

It said that the team leader urged the government to expedite action on its plan towards construction of the intra road network of the College.

It said that the team added that perimeter fencing for the school was inevitable in view of the current security situation in the country.

The statement said that the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Hajia Sa’adat Modibbo-Kawu, reiterated commitment of the state government towards improving the standard of tertiary education in the state.

It said that the commissioner gave the assurance that government would take necessary steps to include all the requests of the team in the next budget.

It said that she assured that issues concerning change of the College’s name and enabling law of the school would be looked into and effected in line with due legal and legislative procedures.

The statement said that the College’s Provost, Dr Olokoba Abdullahi, expressed gratitude to the government for prompt release of accreditation fund which in no small measure assisted the college in the exercise.

It added that Abdullahi assured that all areas identified for improvement would be given priority attention.

The Resource Advisory and Verification Team of NBTE was in Ilorin as part of accreditation of the College for the award of OND Programmes in Accounting, Mass Communication, Library and Information Science, as well as Computer Science.

Edited by: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Donald Ugwu

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Accreditation: NBTE visits Kwara for National Diploma courses

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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Kaduna, has on Thursday visited the College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS), Ilorin, for accreditation exercise of National Diploma (ND) courses.

Mrs Helen Oduntan, the Leader of the team of accreditation committee from NBTE, said they were in the college basically for advisory and resource inspection.

“We are here for four programmes; ND Accounting, ND Computer Science, ND Library Science and ND Mass Communication Science

“There are various groups from NBTE that will carry out the assessment of the institution,” Oduntan said.

The team leader appreciated the management attitude to education and for their effort to join NBTE.

“There are lots of advantages for any institution that join NBTE, among is the professional knowledge that the students will benefit before graduating.

“They will also have an opportunity of owing a qualified and standard certificate,” she said.

The Provost of the College, Dr Olokoba Abdullahi, said that ND courses will improve the status of the institution and the certificate will be nationally and internationally acknowledged.

“The only way to achieve our aim is to team up with a recognised body like NBTE, Kaduna,” he said.

Olokoba however appealed to the team to consider their request in a positive and accelerated manner.

Hajiya Sa’adatu Kawu, the state Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, said that the college was established to produce middle level manpower since inception in 1992.

The commissioner, who was represented by Mr David Oguntunde, the director of Continuous Education, said that the state was happy that the Executive Secretary of the Board will make things happen.

“This development is in line with the aspiration of the state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazak, who has magnanimously approved for the release of substantial amount of money for this accreditation exercise,” the commissioner said.

Kawu pledged to cooperate with NBTE and make things easy and achievable.

Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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NBTE accredits 20 courses in Bauchi poly

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Dr Suleiman Lame, the Rector, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP), said on Tuesday that the National Board for Techinical Education (NBTE), had accredited 20 courses in the National Diploma (ND) and High National Diploma (HND) in the institution.

Lame spoke with the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Bauchi.

He said that the  exercise was conducted across the various departments of the polytechnics.

Lame said a similar exercise was conducted by the National University Commission (NUC)  with respect to the various bachelor’s degree programmes.

“In November 2019, the NUC accredited the Bachelor of Technology (B-TECH) courses such as  Electrical Engineering, Wood Work, Metal Work, Computer Education.

“The courses were accredited in the departments of Engineering, Sciences, Environmental  and Social  Management Sciences.

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New Federal Polytechnic Daura to begin operation in 2019/2020 academic – NBTE boss 

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Dr Masaud Kazaure, Executive Secretary, National National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), on Thursday said the new Federal Polytechnic Daura will commence operation in the 2019/2020 academic session.

Dr Kazaure made this known in Daura while presenting the Certificate of Occupancy of the 100 hectare land donated by Katsina State Government for the polytechnic to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouk Umar.

He said all the proper plans for the immedeate take off of the polytechnic had been put in place, including the recruitment of the pioneer staff.

“We have so far recieved 146 applications for the six vacancies of principal officers of the institution.

“The principal officers to be employed for immediate commencement of academic business are the Provost, Registrar, Librarian, Director Physical Planning, Director Works and Academic Secretary of the polytechnic.”

He called for support, cooperation and understanding of the host community, to enable  the polytechnic take off on a  sound footing.

Dr Kazaure assured the emir that qualified and competent hands would be recruited to successfully manage the institution.

Earlier, the Special Adviser, Higher Education to Gov. Aminu Masari, Dr Bishir Ruwangodiya said the state government had allocated the junior section of Government Day Secondary School Daura to serve as the temporary site of the polytechnic.

Ruwangodiya assured that the state government would also extend all the needed support towards successful take off of the polytechnic.

He called on students in the host community to make proper utilization of the opportunity to secure admission in the polytechnic.

In his renarks, the Emir lauded the Federal Government for siting the polytechnic in his domain, stressing that this would boost the educational and economic fortunes of his subjects.

Umar said traditional rulers in the area would extend moral, spiritual and every kind of support and cooperation for the success of polytechnic.

He commended Gov. Masari for allocating spacious land and other support to the institution.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Kogi Govt. solicits NBTE’s support for technical, vocational education

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The Kogi Government on Tuesday solicited for adequate support from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to enable it to provide quality technical and vocational education for the people.

Mrs Rosemary Osikoya , the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology,  made the call when a team from the NBTE, Kaduna, led by Mr Samaila Tanko, visited her on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The NBTE is a board of education which supervises, regulates and oversee educational programmes offered by technical institutions at secondary, polytechnic and monotechnic levels through an accreditation process.

Osikoya said the state needed support from the board in terms of technical, advisory and accreditation of programmes in its technical colleges which their accreditation expired since 2002.

The commissioner stressed the dire need to focus more attention on vocational and technical education as a way of curbing the menace of high number of out-of-school children in the state.

“The state government has reclassified 17 other schools to be upgraded to technical colleges in addition to the existing four, to enable each local government area to have one technical college.

“The support of the NBTE will be highly needed in that direction especially in the area of accreditation and other technical assistance.’’

Osikoya thanked the Federal Government for giving approval for the establishment of a federal technical college in Kogi, saying it was the first of its kind.

She added that a team from the Federal Ministry of Education, earlier this month, visited the proposed site for Federal Government Technical College, Ogugu, Olamaboro Local Government Area, for assessment.

She said that hitherto, Kogi was abandoned for decades with no external support from both the federal government and development partners, adding that the efforts of Gov. Yahaya Bello’s administration in education were yielding tangible results.

The commissioner commended the governor for making the education sector the topmost priority of his administration.

“We are happy that NBTE team is here in Kogi for inspection and collaboration; we are excited and we would like to make the best of it,” she said.

The commissioner, on behalf of the governor, assured the team of their safety in Kogi.

Earlier, the NBTE team leader, Mr Samaila Tanko, said the visit was an advisory and resource inspection.

He said the team would go round the four technical colleges in Kogi whose all programmes’ accreditation had expired since 2002.

According to him, for those programmes to be run again, the board needs to access the level of facilities available in the colleges.

Tanko assured the commissioner of the team’s total support whenever the board’s attention was called to any area of support within its capacity.

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Presidential Panel recovers property for NBTE

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Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property has recovered property in a highbrow area of the Federal Capital Territory for the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

Chairman of the Panel, Mr Okoi Obono-Obal, performed the handing over Ceremony to NBTE on Wednesday, in Abuja.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the building which houses the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) was on May 6, placed under investigation by the panel.

The property, Murjanatu House, which is managed by D. B Manga Nigeria Limited, also accommodates branches of First Bank Nigeria Limited and Standard Chartered Bank Limited.

Obono-Obla said that the property which is situated on Plot 445 Maitama Cadastral Zone AO5 in Abuja, was initially allocated to the NBTE.

He said that the property which was taken over through shady means by a highly placed Nigerian was converted from a government property into a private firm.

“This district is allocated exclusively for government establishments.

“In law, you cannot revoke a property or right of occupancy given to a public institution and give it to a private person.

“So the purported revocation in 2007 was shady and we investigated and found out that it was shady,” he said.

The chairman further explained that the property became a subject of investigation following a petition to the panel.

He said: “We have recovered this building and we are handing it over to the board.

“You have to find out who the tenants in the building have been paying revenue to so that we can recover the revenue and give back to the board to strengthen its functions.”

He said that the efforts of the panel, was a practical demonstration of the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to fight corruption.

“We are going to fight corruption no matter who is involved.

“The President said that his first duty is Nigeria. We who are working with him, we will do the bidding of the president in the fight against corruption,” he said.

Executive Secretary of NBTE, Dr Masa’udu Kazaure, who expressed delight over the recovery, said that the property was taken over from the board since 2007.

“Since then, NBTE has suffered a setback in its progress towards development of technical and vocational education.

“Now that the project has been recovered for us, we have started the process of acquiring the whole building.

“Originally, the property is supposed to be a technology house for the construction of an 11-Storey building.

“However, at the conceptual stage, the place was taken over from us and allocated to a private individual who had developed the building,” Kazaure said.

He appreciated President Buhari for his giant strides in the fight against corruption.

Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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NBTE grants poly approval to offer diploma in Computer Engineering

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The Bilyaminu Usman Polytechnic, Hadejia in Jigawa, on Friday, says

it has been granted approval by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to offer National Diploma

in Computer Engineering Technology.

The Rector, Prof. Zulkifilu Abdu, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse.

The Deputy Rector, Alhaji Suleiman Garingabas, who spoke to NAN on behalf of Abdu, said that the programme

According to him, the NBTE has also approved the screening and verification of facilities for the teaching of the course

for its commencement.

He added that “with this development, all hands are on deck to start computer engineering as from June 2019.”

He, therefore, advised prospective candidates to avail themselves the opportunity to apply for the programme.

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