From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has granted accreditation to 37 programmes run by the Federal Polytechnic Bida.

The Board also approved additional streams for 13 out of the 37 accredited programmes.

The accredited programmes are ND Computer Engineering Technology, ND and HND Chemical Engineering Technology, ND and HND Electrical Engineering (Electronic and Telecom as well as Power and Machines options), HND Agric and Bio-Environmental Engineering Technology (Farm Power and Machinery, Post-Harvest, and Soil and Water options respectively), ND and HND Building Technology, ND and HND Quantity Surveying, and ND and HND Surveying and Geo-informatics.

Others include ND Architectural Technology, ND Urban and Regional Planning, ND Estate Management and Valuation, ND Tourism Management, ND Agric Technology, ND Horticultural Technology, ND Library and Information Science, HND Public Administration, ND and HND Business Administration, ND and HND Office Technology and Management, HND Nutrition and Dietetics, and HND Statistics.

ND Science Laboratory Technology and seven options for HND Science Laboratory Technology were also accredited.

According to a letter signed by the Board’s Director of Polytechnic Programmes, Architect Ngbede Ogah and addressed to the Rector, the accreditation would last for a period of five years after which they would be scheduled for re-accreditation.

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The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the accreditation exercise and promised to improve the quality of programmes run by the polytechnic.

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“Despite the paucity of funds, the management was able to mobilise resources to ensure that the required equipment were procured for all programmes scheduled for re-accreditation and accreditation.

“It is a landmark achievement that, for the very first time in recent history, the polytechnic is granted accreditation in all the programmes it presented for accreditation without any hitch,” Dzukogi said.

He commended the NBTE Executive Secretary, Professor Idris Bugaje and his entire staff for their support and cooperation during the exercise.

Earlier, the leader of the NBTE’s accreditation team, Dr Rufai Ibrahim, said: “The exercise is a quality assurance one where experts from various fields are assembled to assess the standard of teaching and learning facilities available in the institution.”

The Polytechnic’s Director of Academic Planning, Dr Femi Paul Fashagba attributed the success of the accreditation exercise to the proper planning and commitment put in place by the management.

“We saw the accreditation coming and we started planning for it since 2020. We took major steps to ensure that when we eventually face it, we were not going to fail any programme.” Fashagba said.

He disclosed that the Rector has approved the release of over N100 million for direct procurement of equipment and other necessary items to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

Fashagba noted that the approval for additional streams for some of the accredited programmes, “meant that more students could be admitted into such programmes, thereby translating to increased students’ admission processes, increased participation in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), as well as providing opportunities for the institution to fulfil its statutory mandate.”