RECTOR of the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia, Dr. Silas Gyar has revealed that most of the programmes being run by the institution have not been accredited by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, due to lack of funds to put the necessary equipment in place.
The rector who disclosed this yesterday when members of the Nasarawa state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, undertook an assessment visit of facilities to the institution, said the delay in the accreditation of the courses was particularly due to the none accreditation of science courses which he said, the NBTE had insisted on the accreditation of science programmes before art courses could be considered.
Gyar noted that the institution was leaving no stone unturned to see to the creation of the programme in no distance future, stressing however, that most of the courses have been accredited by NBTE.
He pointed out that as part of measures to achieve the target, the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura had donated about N500 million worth of hostels facilities to the institution.
“The state government is spending more than five hundred million naira in developing both the males and females hostels of the polytechnic which is a major intervention that is coming to the state institution”.
“These hostels are coming in costume made of beds, the side drawers and ward robes. This facility is a state of the art hostels; and if the government is delivering to us and no expenses is coming from us, then I think that is a major intervention.”
He further explained that the polytechnic which was premised on borrowing facilities from the Catholic Church, can now boast of having facilities that were created by it, hence the institution was now set to move to its permanent site.
He said that all projects embarked on by Tertiary Education Trust Fund,
TETFUND, in the polytechnic, which include directorate of academics, science laboratory and lecture theatre complexes, are almost completed to pave way for moving to the permanent site.
Earlier, chairman of the state chapter of NUJ, Daniel Yakubu, commended the rector for his doggedness towards the unprecedented transformation of the institution during his short stay in the polytechnic and urged him to keep to that fit.